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Summer Sandals

Summer Sandals

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the sandals! Sandals are a great way to keep your feet cool in the summer heat. But with so many different styles and brands of sandals available, it can be hard to know which ones are right for you. This blog post will outline some of the key features you should look for when shopping for sandals.

Ditch the Flip Flops

Flip flops are the epitome of summer footwear. They’re easy to slip on and off, and they go with everything from shorts to sundresses. But as much as we love them, there are a few reasons why you should avoid wearing flip-flops. For one, they offer zero support for your feet, leading to problems like plantar fasciitis. They’re also prone to wear down, which means you’ll constantly replace them. And let’s not forget the fact that they’re basically just plastic or rubber straps that offer zero protection from the elements. If you absolutely must wear a flip flop, choose one with an arch such as a Vionic, Hoka, or OluKai.

You Need Backstrap!

So, what should you look for in a summer sandal? One of the most important features to look for is sandals with a backstrap. Sandals with a backstrap provide support for your feet and ankles. This type of sandal is ideal for people who have instability in their feet or ankles, as the backstrap helps stabilize the foot and prevent it from wobbling. The rearfoot support also prevents your toes from gripping while you walk, leading to the development of hammertoes or bunions over time. Try to find sandals with an adjustable strap. This allows you to adjust the fit of the sandal so that it is snug and doesn’t slip.

Cushioned Sole

A thick and cushioned sole is also an important feature to look for in sandals. Most Flip flops are extremely thin and provide no shock absorption. It is not much better than walking barefoot. This is why many people experience foot and heel pain when wearing flip flops. But if you wear a sandal with a thick sole, such as a Chaco, it provides much more shock absorption while walking and will decrease the likelihood of developing foot pain.

Podiatrist Approved Sandals

Now that you know what to look for in a summer sandal, it’s time for my favorite pastime: shopping! Here are a few of our favorite options:

Chaco

Vionic

Birkenstock

Keen

Teva

Merrell

Sorrel

Dansko

Naot (my personal favorite)

With these features in mind, you should be able to find a pair of sandals that will help to prevent hammertoes. Be sure to try them on before you buy to ensure a comfortable fit. For more sandal options and advice, be sure to check out our YouTube channel. Happy shopping!

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