Fashionable Women’s Orthopedic Shoes – Their Time Has Come

Oct 31st, 2007 by keelyh | 19 Comments So Far

Often referred to as granny shoes in popular culture, orthopedic shoes have had a bad rap in the fashion world for decades, but all that is about to change. In a time when a significant portion of the population is making or renewing a commitment to healthy living there are two trends that women who care about the health of their feet should take advantage of.

In the World of Footwear, Comfort is Becoming Fashion

Low-heeled dress shoes are more popular in the workplace than ever before. The secret to their success: many women simply don’t consider bunions, blisters, and aching arches to be a fair trade for feeling a little taller. So out go the stiletto heels and in come the Mary Janes, clogs, suede and leather boots, and other fashionable flats and wedge-heeled shoes.

A Demand for Fashionable Orthopedic Shoes Has Created a Supply

Leading manufacturers in the field of orthopedic footwear such as Drew and Finn Comfort, have slowly come to the realization that although seniors and people with sensitive feet are willing to sacrifice some style for health, they still want shoes that please their eyes as well as their feet. Orthopedic shoes now routinely incorporate a greater variety of colors, textures, and innovative decorative accents that mimic the appearance and style of non-orthopedic shoes.

Shoe brands that have always done a good job of balancing style with comfort such as Naot have increased their commitment to carrying shoes with removable footbeds that accommodate orthotic inserts and arch supporting insoles, wider toe box construction, and other shoe characteristics that used to be reserved for medical shoes.

Don’t settle for less than luxurious comfort, switch to fashionable orthopedic shoes today!

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19 Comments on “Fashionable Women’s Orthopedic Shoes – Their Time Has Come”

  1. rebecca said:

    I really do agree with you – comfort really is becoming fashion! You see healthy and comfort footwear brands in the press all the time! Just because you have problems with your feet and want comfy shoes shouldn’t mean you have to settle for granny shoes!

    The latest summer collection of Earth shoes is lovely!!

  2. Mary Naylor said:

    Just found your site. Would appreciate a brochure on your shoes. Have suffered with many operations and discomfort trying to find comfortable shoes. I have many and am not fashionable and have declined many occasions because of this.

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  8. Photographer said:

    This seems like a great thing. I think that orthopedic shoes should get more fashionable. This way more people will want to buy them.

  9. Laci said:

    However… when they say that orthopedic shoes are becoming more fashionable do you mean orthopedic shoes that can actually fit MY thick inserts..because whenever I order or try on a pair of supposed orthopedic shoes they never ever fit my inserts… Makes me wonder who the heck has such thin inserts? Let alone, many of these shoes do not even accommodate inserts! The shoe company need to make more of an effort to accommodate inserts because I have yet to find anything thats very good or fashionable…(a little fashionable would be nice)…And newsflash women without problematic feet that just want a nice soft shoe that “pampers” their feet DOES NOT COUNT AS ORTHOPEDIC. I am sick of seeing shoes labeled “orthopedic” that do not accommodate people with REAL orthopedic problems. Please advise.

  10. amandas said:

    Hi Laci- I e-mailed you but never got a response, so maybe it went into your spam box. I wanted to first say thank you for your comment! We totally understand that a lot of people have trouble finding stylish orthopedic shoes. We sell different levels of orthopedic shoes- everything ranging from very fashionable shoes with soft footbeds and wider widths to the stereotypical orthopedic shoe available in a wide range of widths and with multiple removable inserts (to accommodate thick inserts, perhaps like yours).
    To respond to your frustration about ugly orthopedic shoes- it honestly depends on what type of foot condition you have. Because if you have bunions, we do sell fashionable shoes to accommodate them. But there aren’t fashionable shoes made for women with serious foot conditions, because those serious foot conditions need shoes that are low to the ground, very wide, very deep, breathable, etc.
    Have you looked at our women’s shoes? You can find them here:
    We sell fashionable shoes, if you want to take a look at our Spring Step, Softwalk, Naot, Klogs and New Balance shoes (to name some). We also categorize our shoes by condition, so you can look at shoes on our conditions pages.
    We have a pedorthist on staff M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, if you’d like to call and talk to her. If you tell her about your food condition and your insert, she’ll be able to recommend some shoes to you. 1-866-324-3338
    Thanks for reading ur blog and I hope you can find some cute orthopedic shoes to meet your needs,

  11. nancy said:

    Is there a store in the so cal where I can go try on the shoes with my inserts? I need a wide shoe and want to try them on first.

  12. amandas said:

    Nancy- I’m sorry but we’re just an online store. We don’t have any physical stores. We do offer free exchanges, because we understand that sometimes you won’t get the perfect fit with the first pair of shoes that you try on. We have a shoe sizing specialist on staff, so feel free to call our customer service 9-5 PST: 866.324.3338

  13. Vancouver Orthotics said:

    Thanks for sharing this information! The more useful and knowledgeable information about custom orthotics online the better. Keep up the good work!

    Dr. Michael Horowitz,
    Vancouver Orthotics

  14. Janet said:

    I stumbled (ouch) on your site and was hopeful that I could find a shoe to wear with evening wear this holiday. My challenges are arthritis, over pronating, and small feet (womens 4). Is there such a shoe?
    I have never understood high fashion, but would like to NOT look like bride of Frankenstein or wantonly wearing trainers to a fancy function.

    Thank you for your informative site and your huge range of ortho shoes.
    Janet, age 61

  15. amandas said:

    Hi Janet- You’re in luck! We have a Petite Shoes page that you can find here:
    Any of the shoes by PW Minor will probably be good for arthritis and pronation. You can take out the removable insoles in those PW Minor shoes and put in an arch support insole like these: and that can help relieve your arthritis pain and incorrect pronation. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  16. Margaret said:

    Thanks. I am unemployed and don’t want to wear my sneakers to a job interview!! Thanks for these options and encouragement to help me look my best and get a job!!

  17. Jeannine said:

    I checked both the Finn & Drew sites, and I hope those are not the “reference” for fashionable orthotic footwear. All of those shoes are plain ugly and my bunions and I would rather suffer than be seen in any of those.

  18. Amanda Strouse said:

    We totally understand! We have lots of feminine, cute and stylish shoes on our site – browse them here:

    Please let us know if you have any questions!