Whatever you're doing this Labor Day — camping out, cooking out, hanging out — you'll probably notice your footwear. Is it serving all your needs? We hope you take a moment to stop and shop because today is the day to score big-time on doctor-recommended, fall-ready footwear. For shoes that are good for both your feet and gentle on your wallet, we asked a podiatrist to peruse the Labor Day sales and report back. We tapped Dr. Polina Zaydenberg, who is Board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear. The good doctor had plenty of opinions about her faves — and what's worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
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They provide plenty of traction — perfect for slippery restaurant or hospital floors — and are available in both regular and wide widths.
Dr. Zaydenberg shared that she's a fan of Venture 8's rocker sole, which helps offload pressure from different parts of the foot. It also helps with propulsion, plus the heel is great for those with plantar fasciitis.
The outsole has an air bubble and a chunky rubber sole, which Dr. Zaydenberg says is “a great shock absorber” and provides “plenty of cushioning.” The wide toebox accommodates those who have bunions and hammertoes too. If that's not enough to convince you to get them, perhaps the 54,000 five-star reviews will do it.
Dr. Zaydenberg is most intrigued by the shoe's thick base. "The platform is good for people with insertional Achilles tendonitis," she explained. (Translation: inflammation at the back of your foot, where your Achilles tendon meets the heel bone.)
"Elevating your heel is relaxing the Achilles tendon, and it provides less tension in the area of concern," Dr. Zaydenberg adds.
“They’re accommodative and stretchy," shared Dr. Zaydenberg. "The platform is great for those with arthritic deformities in the mid-foot area."
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They're good for those with painful foot deformities, shared Dr. Zaydenberg. That's thanks to their inflexible sole.
Dr. Zaydenberg is a fan of these for people with metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot) and bunion deformities, thanks to their wider (read: more accomodative) toe box.
An added benefit? They're great for wide feet, according to the podiatrist. The elastic laces stretch to accomodate wider feet, as well as those with a high instep.
These handsome kicks have a lot going for them; the podiatrist's favorite part, however, is their composition.
"Leather, suede and canvas are natural materials, which is good for those with various skin conditions," she shared. The reason? They don't promote sweat.
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