If I find a piece of clothing that fits me exceptionally well, I want to buy it in every color, and I often do. Although this principle generally applies to shirts, leggingssweats and Dresses, in some cases, this also rings true for shoes. Take the Vionic Kalina Slide ($90), for example. I was sent a pair last year and quickly fell head over heels (practical, low).
Vionic, Kalina Slide Sandal – $90.00
Originally $120, now $90
Sizes available: 5-11
Colors: 6 (you can find lime greens on Amazon!)
- Provides arch support and stability
- low heel
- Cushioned sliders hold feet in place
- Come in a variety of colors
- It takes a day to get used to the features of the orthosis if you normally wear flat sandals or flip flops without support
- Not economical
These plush braided sandals, which come in eight colors, turn heads instantly, but they offer more than just great style. The leatherette sandals are specifically designed to hug your arches, which is huge for someone like me, who has high arches that flatten significantly when I walk, which can lead to heel pain with poorly shaped shoes or walking barefoot (I had gone to the podiatrist about this earlier this year. Ah, being an adult!).
I’m not the only one swooning over arch support, though — they also get two thumbs up from a podiatrist. “I like the built-in arch support and the slight wedge heel, both of which will increase comfort, stability and wearability,” says podiatrist Dr Anne Sharkey, on behalf of PedestrianProject.com.
Now I have to admit that these sandals took some getting used to. After all, most flat summer sandals are sorely lacking in the arch department, so they can feel a bit unnatural at first. After wearing my lime-green pair around New Orleans for three days, I found that my feet had adjusted completely, with no pain or discomfort on my radar afterward. So when I received my metallic silver pair this year, I didn’t have to break them at all, as my feet are already used to the orthopedic support. In that sense, it’s not so much about breaking the shoe as it is about giving your feet a chance to settle into the support.
While I like the arch support, especially for long days on your feet and walks, the straps are also quite remarkable. In my experience, they don’t chafe or cause blisters, and they’re not constricting at all. Additionally, Sharkey points out that since the straps reach far back over the midfoot, they also provide great mid-stride stability.
“Summer sandals that have straps for support, arch support, and padding are all better choices than flat or flimsy sandals with minimal support,” she adds, applauding the silhouette.
Now if only I could get my hands on the Barbie pink color in my size. They’ve been sold out for months, so wish me luck!
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