This post has been updated as of March 2020 to include current shoe styles and shopping links.
It’s spring! And that means it’s the time of year when we’re all tired of wearing sweaters and snow boots. We’re 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. It’s also not warm enough 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.
Best AFO Footwear for Spring
The awesome Maxmuxun bootie wide width bootie is as wide, flat, cute, & inexpensive as you can get. I love the mix of animal & faux suede! This bootie also available in other styles, including an all black with quilting fabric in the back. You will get a ton of compliments guaranteed and won’t believe the price!
The Rory suede (soft leather) ankle boot will add instant edge to your wardrobe while keeping you comfortably grounded (thanks to its flat heel and elastic side goring!). This bootie is available in an extra wide width (only buy this in extra wide if you wear braces) and comes in several color options.
The Lana sneaker bootie is one of my personal favs! It’s a trendy double side zip bootie that’s crafted of Italian leather (or suede). This bootie looks chic but has the laidback comfort of a high-top sneaker. With the insoles removed, this bootie will fit many styles of orthotics and afos. Bonus, the flatform style sole gives height without sacrificing balance.
The Cyra Catelyn bootie with their easy lace-up front are not only effortlessly stylish, they’re built for all-day wear. Base on reviews, afo wearers should size up & purchase it in a wide width only. It comes in a on of colors and patterns. Plus, this bootie is water resistant with a built in protective coating.
This stylish laser cut bootie is another favorite of mine this season. The Luika bootie comes only in a true wide width and has a soft, faux suede material. It’s low stacked heel is just the right height and angle allowing me to comfortably walk in afos. The bootie is extremely inexpensive and available in 6 styles. I might buy them all!
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