Anatomy of a Good Shoe


At NY Foot Health, we very much believe in the power of a good shoe. While patients may know that certain shoes such as ballet flats or flip-flops are bad for the health of their feet, they may not know what design features to look for to ensure proper alignment, support and overall good foot health. Fortunately, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) provides a list of shoe manufacturers that are podiatrist-approved:

Foot Friendly Choices

Amazing Arch Support—good arch support is essential for proper foot function. You can have the ease of slip-on style with strong arch support, which will help prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Some styles to try include Vionic sandals and Therafit Women’s Adjustable Strap Slip-On Sandal.

Fabulous Footbeds—what makes your foot feel like it’s walking on a cloud and also cushions each step to prevent fatigue and injury? A cushioned and/or molded footbed. The Birkenstock Arizona Sandal Unisex has a footbed made of latex and cork, so it molds to the shape of your foot to create a custom footbed that cradles and massages your feet as you walk. ECCO Yucatan Sandals have foam injected into the midsole for superior cushioning and shock absorption.

Attractive with Benefits—okay, we know you still want shoes that look fashionable, not frumpy. Two to try that offer beautiful form and function are NAOT Footwear Kayla and OluKai U’l Sandal. Contoured footbeds, good arch support, and durable construction go hand in hand with good looks for shoes that will not only look great but are great for your feet.

It’s especially important that you consult with your podiatrist about appropriate shoe styles if you are a diabetic or have a chronic foot condition. Don’t have a podiatrist? We can help you locate a qualified foot doctor in your community with our online directory. If you want more information about ways to take better care of your feet, contact us.