It’s that time of year when we’re all tired of wearing sweaters and snow boots and ready to pull out the warm weather clothes. Although the days are longer and temps are beginning to rise, it’s not yet warm enough to go outside without layers, or to wear sandals without getting hypothermia.But we can’t help thinking about the best shoes for spring, especially when we have AFOs to think about!
If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “how does she even wear sandals with orthotics and afos/leg braces?”, then I suggest you begin by reading my post, Skinny Jeans & Leg Braces.
Of course, as a person who relies on two leg braces to walk, I love that the fall and winter seasons give me the opportunity to wear short dresses with tall boots over my afos. This is the dress and boots I wore this past New Year’s Eve.
Finding cute and wide flat boots to fit over afos is not easy. If you want to know what to look for, read my post, Finding Mr. Right Boot.
This winter has been brutal on both my body and my temperament. After months of dealing with the snow, ice, and record freezing temps, I’m officially over Winter and ready to give it the boot…rather, the bootie.
What’s a bootie? A bootie is a cross between a shoe and a boot, and it’s the perfect transition shoe to take you from Winter to Spring. Also, booties by their very nature, have built in ankle support – a bonus for those of us who have foot drop and neuropathy.
Since I choose not to show my afos on a regular basis, I like to pair my booties with cropped denim that hits my legs right at the top of each shoe. For example, in the image above, I’m wearing an old pair of jeans that I cropped and frayed myself to wear specifically with booties and hi-top shoes. Learn How To DIY Frayed Denim yourself!
Do you want to join me in giving Winter the bootie? Here are 10 pairs of orthotic friendly booties that will help you make a stylish and comfortable transition into Spring.
1. LANA BOOTIE
This sporty and high end Italian leather shoe is the epitome of street-style chic. Although it only comes in a regular width, the fact that it has two side zippers and a removable insole, makes it a doable bootie for many afo and orthotic users.
2. ROLLIE BOOTIE
A fun take on the classic Chukka bootie. This bootie has an adjustable tie and removable insole. It is extremely light weight and has a great non-skid sole. It runs small so order a size up.
3. BERNIE BOOTIE
You can’t get more supportive than this fab shoe with it’s adjustable velcro ankle strap and back zipper. The insole is also removable. This shoe runs small so order the next size up.
4. CALF HAIR BOOTIE
This might be my favorite bootie this season. I love the mixed fabrics and great animal print. The zipper, rubber sole, and removable insole make this shoe afo friendly. This shoe runs small, so sizing up is suggested.
5. LENA BOOTIE
This luxe suede ankle boot is a gorgeous and perfect for Spring. I love the colors (it also comes in forest green) The top zipper and removable insole make this shoe orthotic and afo friendly. Plus, as you know from my, Not Your Grandma’s Comfort Shoe’s Post, I love how flatform shoes give me height while still being balanced. .
6. KAMSIN BOOTIE
You gotta love a shoe that’s disability friendly without looking like it’s trying. The buckle closure is actually velcro, and the entire footbed is removable, allowing enough depth to fit many afos and/or orthotics inside.
7. LUPINE BOOTIE
This adorable lace up bootie comes in a wide width. It has a side zip and can stay tied if desired. The vintage patchwork pattern is a cool and subtle touch.
MAZIN KATO BOOTIE
These booties are ideal for afo and/or orthotic wearers. I love the flexible suede material and double zippers that give roomier access. These booties come in a wide width and also have removable insoles. They come in several colors.
8. ASHCROFT BOOTIE
This boot comes in both wide double wide. It has those double side zippers that I love and that make it easy to fit an afo inside. I love the smooth leather and surprisingly lightweight rugged sole. This bootie is made of quality leather and although they are a bit pricier, they will last forever.
9. CASSANDRA BOOTIE
This is the ideal boot for afo wearers as it comes in an extra wide width, looks super cute, and is super comfortable. The bootie has a side zip for easy entry and comes in several colors.
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