What’s a good casual shoe?

Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick on July 17, 2015

At this time of year, we are often asked the following, ‘I want to buy a shoe to take on holidays and to wear casually. It should not look too much like a runner but it must be good for my foot.’ Our female patients generally ask this; males tend to be more straightforward in their footwear needs.

The shoes on our list are therefore for women, and can be found at Gilmour’s Shoes in Manly Vale and Athletes Foot in Warringah Mall. The staff at both shops have always been very helpful to our patients and have great return policies.

The shoes on our list are a good mix of function, practicality and comfort. We have tried to choose shoes as lightweight as possible. Obviously, as male practitioners we can’t account for the look of the shoe. Please keep in mind we’re aiming for practical rather than sexy!

The shoe does need to be chosen wisely, so our tips below will give you all the help you need. We will rate the important parts of the shoes so you can choose the right shoes to keep your feet happy — no matter how exotic the location.

If you’re not sure, pop in to show us the shoe to check if it’s appropriate for your foot. If you do have a problem with your foot, these shoes are not corrective so you still need to get the problem fixed.

Ecco – Spin $179 Gilmour’s shoes

This shoe is ideal for holidays. It’s light and is suitable for walking for miles. It comes in a range of colours, with different coloured lacing to liven things up.

Support- 3 /5
Weight- 4/5

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Naot – $229 Gilmour’s Shoes

This shoe has a cork sole and is very well engineered to give a great combination of support and light weight. Even though it’s not a lace-up, it has a cork arch support, which in my podiatric opinion is brilliant.

Support-4/5
Weight-4/5

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Merrell – Barrado -$179.95 Athletes foot

This very light shoe is the best-selling women’s casual shoe at Athlete’s Foot. Is very flat so if you have tight calves take this into account. Also, we find a lot of female patients buy this shoe way too small around the forefoot.

Support – 2/5
Weight – 4/5

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Merrell – Mimosa Lake – $189.95

A more structured shoe but still quite light. It also has a little more room at the forefoot, and is a better shoe if you have a bunion.

Support – 4 /5
Weight -4/5

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There you have it — an overview on women’s casual shoes that have an element of practicality. If you have any foot problems best to get them fixed ASAP, so give us a call on 8966 9300.

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