I’m pretty sure fall gets the ”favorite season” award for people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. Personally, my body just works better with pumpkin spice lattes, crisp (not too hot & not too cold) air, and the return of all my favorite tv shows.

Of course, one of the best parts about fall as a leg brace (afo) wearer is that there are way more fashion and shoe options for afo’s to choose from. I love that after a long hot summer in pants & maxi dresses, I can finally show a bit of leg by pairing short dresses (not too short) with tights and a fab pair of tall boots. If you want to learn how to wear tall boots over afos, check out my post, Finding Mr. Right Boot.

Afo Friendly Denim

If you wear bulky afos or skinny jeans just aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that this season they are also showing a ton of boot cut, flare, and straight leg styles of denim.

I love wearing ankle length jeans with frayed/raw hems with hi-top sneakers and booties. Check out my post, Not your Grandma’s orthopedic shoes post to see cute Afo friendly sneakers. Also, learn how to fray jeans the easy way. 

When it comes to denim, I look for mid or high rise jeans (the extra coverage is like a built in Spanx) in a super stretchy poly, cotton and lycra fabric. I like my denim really soft like leggings. I look for slim, straight leg styles of denim that are flexible enough to stretch over my leg braces but not so tight that they hug (and show) the outline of my brace. Slide and click on the links below to shop more Afo friendly denim:

DISABILITY FRIENDLY ACCESSORIES

I love accessories as they add personality to any outfit. Since my hands (due to neuropathy) have tremors & little to no pincher grip ability, it’s not easy (a total understatement) for me to put on jewelry with clasps and tiny backings myself.

I’ve added magnetic closures to most of my fine jewelry (which I describe in my DIY Adaptive Fashion Post) but it’s exciting when I discover awesome necklaces & bracelets with magnetic closures already built in. Slide and click on the links below to shop disability friendly accessories:

Fall Denim, Booties, & Accessories To Wear With Afos.

My everyday go to accessories are my 14k gold filled ball bracelets. I have about 15 of them in various sizes that I stack on my wrist. But I’m currently obsessing over some stackable acrylic tile bracelets & my super cute convertible belt bag/crossbody purse. Click on the links below to shop:

Wide-Width Afo Friendly Booties

Fall Denim, Booties, & Accessories To Wear With Afos.

Now for the fun part, or not so fun part, if the act of trying on shoes gets your heart rate well into the cardio zone. I typically look for a hi-top sneaker or bootie (ankle high boot) in a wide or extra wide width with a non skid sole. If a shoe is available in an extra wide, I do not have to size up to wear it with my afos.

Depending on the shoe, some regular width booties work when they have removable footbeds and a wide enough opening. I look for ones with zippers or adjustable velcro. There are a ton more tips for wearing shoes with afos in my post, The Best Hacks for Afo Wearers.

Here are some of the cutest Afo friendly booties & hi top sneakers out this season. Slide & click the links below to shop:

What styles of denim & booties are you falling for this season? What do you think of my picks? Please let me know in the comments section below! Happy Fall!

Xo

Lainie

11 Comments

  1. I pick up my first AFOs today and will go shoe shopping as I have none that will take an AFO. I am so used to not finding my size (8AAAA) in shoe stores and having to order them that it will feel very weird to wear a more normal size. Will try for gym shoes first as that should be the easiest to fit. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to wear boots, but it will be 84 today and maybe not cold enough all winter. I’m still in sandals! This will be an adventure!

    • Hi Lesley,
      I am jealous of the 84 degrees as it is getting cold here. Wow! That is a narrow foot. I have the opposite problem. As I told you in the email, good luck with the afo and reach out to me on Facebook anytime with questions.

    • Hi Lesley, I have been through 3 different types of UFO’s, so I asked my doctor if I could wear boots. Her answer to my question surprised me, and she said yes, BUT they had to be hiking boots, work boots, cowgirl boots or any over the ankel boot which could accommodate my orthodics. I have blue hiking boots and purple work boots, love them. I have a 4A heel and thin foot and exrremely thin leggs. Hunt around and find something nice which offers your ankels good support. I currently live in Arizona and wear boots year round, but I’m ok with that. I am older also, 70. Happy Birthday to you enjoy your day!

  2. BTW, I wear narrow width shoes. My left foot is size 9-half, bit of a foot drop. Right foot is size 10. Trying inserts (etsy) which fit in front of toes on left foot. Cheers ladies!

    • Hi Suaan,

      I’m not sure if you wrote another message before this that didn’t come through or not? I rode a whole posts called Odd Shoe Out That also has a pair of insoles meant to fill up space in a shoe that is too large. Hopefully the ones you bought from at se that also has a pair of insoles meant to fill up space and a shoe that is too large. Hopefully the one she bought from Etsy work though ?.

  3. Hi Lainie,
    I wear A phatbrace which is like an afo/exosym. It wraps around my whole foot and as of yet, I can Only wear men’s size 8.5 eeee extra wide. There in flexion whatsoever for me to get my foot in. What shoes and size would you suggest. I’m sick of going to weddings with sneakers!!!
    Thanks

    • Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for reaching out. I just looked up the phat brace and do see why you need the width. Obviously, as you probably already know, you need That open at the sides with zippers or velcro. You didn’t mention what type of shoe you are wanting? Assuming an alternative to a man’s gym shoe right? Have you seen the Billy shoes btw? I do have some thoughts. You can email me at info@trend-able.com .

  4. Spanx jean-ish leggings are by far the best denim for AFOs IMO. And, would love to see work-wear and shoes that are dressier. Even blue rockers say no flats like this, so suggestions that adhere to AFO requirements would be awesome (ie holding the foot in firmly, but also dressy).

    • Hi Alexis,

      Do you wear your Afos on the outside of your Spanx jeans/leggings? I am not sure about “Afo requirements” and personally wear any shoe that fits comfortably & feels secure. I think the instructions that come with Afos are pretty general & dependent on the individual. With that said, there are plenty of sneakers in my Grandma’s shoes post here: https://trend-able.com/not-grandmas-shoes/that fit the bill but look dressier than your basic sneaker. Please feel free to write me for more specific help. Info@trend-able.com

  5. Hi Lainie
    I love your posts very inspiring. Am looking for booties for winter. I don’t have AFOs but have quite deep orthotics (no arch left due to collapsible damaged ankles.
    Would the boots you recommend for AFOs be suitable for orthotics?
    Thanks
    Amanda

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