Why are these Moldable Inserts so important to the foot?
Look at the construction system found in the insert section and this tells you how the insert is moldable and how the support and comfort comes about. Most of our pain is at the bottom (plantar) of our feet. Normal or comfort shoes try to offload the top of our feet but not the bottom because of a non supporting insert - normally what we call a foot cover insert that is just for show with no support at all ( that is true with regular inserts that are found in about 98 percent of the shoes out there today.) So we added this FREE heat moldable inserts, that will give you the maximum support found in any over the counter insert. As we have stated before "it is like walking on a cloud".
What is the meaning of Extension of Bottoms?
We are the only shoe line out there that offers two widths wider on the out sole ( bottom of the shoe) of each one of our men's and women's styles. If your order a Men's 4E - you would receive a shoe that has a 6E outsole (bottom of the shoe or the sole of the shoe). If you order Women's 3E width you would have a 5E bottom on that new shoe. What is the reason for this? There is NO Hang-Over dealing with the width of your foot. You are standing on a solid base (or outsole) that creates the maximum support.
What is a 3 to 1 combination last found exclusive in our women’s line of shoes?
A women heel width is 2 to 3 times narrower (unless she has major edema around the ankle) than her ball width or the widest part of her foot. So we have made most of our women's shoe corners to be 3 times narrower than the ball width. This gives this woman more balance and comfort. If she has a B width -then the heel width would be AAA in width or three times narrower then the ball width.
Can a Diabetic wear our shoes?
Yes we started out as a diabetic shoe line and have grown to be known for those unbelievable widths, those smaller sizes, extreme oversize's and the number One Heat Moldable Insert in the country. All the shoes are seamless- that is required for Diabetic safety and with the moldable insert (that is free when you purchase a shoe form us) is what the doctor order. Because of the raise of the temperature dealing with inserts - this creates better circulation (on the plantar of the foot) and keeps the disease out of the foot.
What is the advantage of having a 7 to 9 ounce weight with your shoes?
The heavier the shoe the more stress on the foot, ankle, leg muscles and ligaments that in turns creates that added pain to bottom half of our body. The older we get our gait changes and the lighter the shoe the less stress with dealing with our body. The better we can control our gait and this in turn creates a better balances. This all comes about with the weight of the shoes.
Do lighter shoes have less support?
NO, if the construction of the shoe is correct. With all our added features, widths, depth, lining, extension of the bottoms and the number ONE over the counter Heat Moldable Insert these are all the reasons for our success.
What makes leather lining so important?
Leather has a great absorbent factor and allows a 100 percent breath ability factor as well. Where almost all the shoes out there have a cloth lining and this lining does not have the breathing capability. This means this leather lining allows your feet to receive that full air flow that helps control perspiration. This procedure creates a balance of comfort and dryness to your feet. Now in our athletic program, the leather lining is impossible to use because of weight and lack of flexibility that is involved in the athletic construction. That is the reason for our leather and mesh uppers to create that 100 percent breathability factor for all our athletic footwear.
What do mean by Extra depth shoes?
All our shoes have extra depth on the uppers and some even have more. Standard shoe or comfort shoe has that standard depth in the heel counter and the toe box and mid section of their shoes. We have the comfort and a few more added extensions to our shoes - beside the extended bottom (describe above) that creates unbelievable bottom support - then we have added a deeper toe box, a deeper mid section (instep air) and a deeper heel counter to give you more space and comfort to all our shoe uppers. When you put one of our shoes on and can wiggle all your toes then you know our depth is working. Good example is a standard athletic shoe that has a very narrow toe box (that is in height and width) and you can't wiggle your toes. The more space you have inside of your shoe this in turn creates more freedom and comfort!!!
6 common foot conditions & recommended solutions
Condition: Plantar Fasciitis
- Definition: Inflammation of fibrous tissue along bottom of foot
- Causes: Over-pronation (flat feet), high arch feet, sudden increase in physical activity, excessive weight gain, flipflops
- Symptoms: Heel pain, heel spurs, arch pain first thing in the morning or after a period of prolonged rest
- Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with arch support & rearfoot posting, footwear with proper cushioning and shock absorption, stretching, night splints
- Definition: Over-pronation, edema
- Causes: Weight gain, hormonal changes, flattened arches
- Symptoms: Pain at the heel, arch, ball-of-foot, leg cramping, varicose veins
- Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with arch support & rear foot posting, wide width footwear that incorporates stretch fabrics
- Definition: A prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint
- Causes: Usually from wearing tight & narrow footwear with a constrictive toe box
- Symptoms: Inflammation, swelling and soreness on the side surface of the big toe
- Treatment & Prevention: Footwear with wide toe boxes, and stretch fabrics, orthotics, bunion shields, bunion night splints
- Definition: Extreme heel discomfort
- Causes: Plantar Fasciitis or over-use repetitive stress
- Symptoms: Pain underneath the heel or just behind it, where the tendon attaches to the heel bone
- Treatment & Prevention: Heel cups or cradles, orthotics with arch support, shock absorption, cushioning, footwear with elevated heels
- Definition: Inflammation or pain at the bones and joints at the ball-of-foot
- Causes: Thinning out of the fat pad, improper fitting footwear such as shoes with narrow toe boxes, high heels, excessive pressure
- Symptoms: Pain in the region of the foot before the toes
- Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with metatarsal pads, proper fitting footwear with high, wide toe boxes, shoes with rocker bottoms
- Definition: Inflammation & degeneration of the tendon in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel
- Causes: Over-pronation, improper fitting footwear, inadequate stretching
- Symptoms: Shooting, burning or extreme piercing pain
- Treatment & Prevention: Thorough stretching program, decrease in physical activity, heel cups or cradles, orthotics