Wedding Shoe Rescue

Wedding Shoe Rescue

Wedding Shoe Rescue

While the bride did wear pumps for the ceremony, she wanted to dance all night with shoes on (great idea since being barefoot is…well, informal and/or whatever).  She loved the feel of these shoes but the gray petals just didn’t work for her…and understandably so!  These fit her perfectly so RESCUE them:  we removed the gray petals and replaced with white ones plus added a couple more since bride has WIDE feet (shoe on right has all white petals).
The Ziera insoles are really good but not enough for these flexible, flat feet.  RESCUE:  we added long arch support, forefoot varus and medial heel wedging that keeps Kate smiling and her feet and knees delighted.

She hugged me and said, “Thank you for teaching me to appreciate and take care of my feet!”
It doesn’t get much better than that for this pedorthist!  Happy Honeymoon!

Cute Shoe Rescue: Guys need that, too!

TT T&J Forefoot rockers

This professional man has worn custom made softer trilaminate orthoses in Finn Comfort Vaasa oxfords for several years so that his feet have improved significantly.  As a consequence, his lovely bride of 30+ years wants him to have nicer shoes for dress-up events.

Solution:  custom made thin dress orthoses of sulcus length with accommodation for his enlarged cuboids into Tauer & Johnson loafers, made to order just for him:  styles she liked of luxurious leathers and craftsmanship.

The shoes on the LEFT are as they came originally with flex grooved soles.  We had advised him to get Vibram dress soles but his bride wanted a more traditional look if his feet could handle it.

After breaking in, he realized that during cocktail hours, the balls of his feet hurt.  Back he came to us for solutions.  RIGHT 2 pairs that we added forefoot rockers of 3/8″ thick Vibram soling, tapered at toes to maintain dressy appearance.  Result:  his feet are happy and so is the bride!

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CUTE SHOE RESCUE: Black Pumps with leopard trim

CSR Leopard pump

Fashion is important to so many women.  A recent survey of high heel wearers revealed that 90% of women want to remove their high heels after 1 hour.  But even more shocking:  half of those wanted to remove their heels after only 10 minutes!  What women do to look good is often to endure pain and discomfort, often excruciating pain…the walking wounded!

Comfort Shoe Specialists are experts at assisting women be healthier in their high heels.  Our advice:

1.  Buy this type of footwear as large as you can tolerate.  Our experience is that you will be happier after that first ten minutes.  Our culture fears shoes being too large but the reality is that more damage and discomfort is caused from small shoes than roomy shoes for most people.  1/2 size is only 1/6″!  The number is unimportant…fit is paramount!  Toes rule!

2.  Wear platforms so there is more soling between the fragile bones at the balls of the feet and the ground.  The big heel bone was designed to hold our weight, not those fragile forefoot bones so get cushioning there.  We add platform cushioning to protect those fragile joints and lower the heel height slightly.    NOTE:  illustration above has Vibram cushioned soling added to the balls of the feet, lowering heels by 3/8″.  Every fraction lowered helps reduce pressure on the balls of the feet.  We all want to keep those heels!

3.  Adding metatarsal and longitudinal arch supports helps reduce pressures while holding up arches.  Each foot has four arches!  WOW!  Arches want to fall with miles and time and supporting them reduces strain on ligaments and tendons while intervening with bunions formation and/or worsening.  NOTE:  illustrated shoes have 1/4″ arch supports added in black cushioned & supportive material since this person has high arches and arthritic feet.  Then we replaced original insole piece for aesthetics.  We like our work to be totally discreet.  Shhh…

Cute Shoe Rescue:  we adore assisting women to be more comfortable in their own high heels.  Estimated Costs:  $50 for forefoot cushioning and $55 for longitudinal and metatarsal (balls of feet) arch supports.  Results:  Can you put a more reasonable price on Greater Vitality and Focus while enjoying better health of feet, ankles, knees and back?  That’s truly priceless!


Cute Shoe Rescue


CSR Ziera red pat heels

Ziera has as much fashion as a woman wants.  And it’s “feel good” fashion shoes that come in medium, wide, extra wide, and extra extra wide.  Shoes that have room for the balls of your feet.  Fashionable, cute shoes with removable insoles that support your arches, reduce pressure, and help to stop bunion progressing.

These were bought by a 60+ year old with rheumatoid arthritis.  She uses her custom dress orthotics in them PLUS we added more cushioning for the balls of her feet…like standing on a cushioned mat.  We also stretched her bunion and hammer toe areas.  She’s delighted!  So are we.

We call it Cute Shoe Rescue!



Dress Shoes: CUTE COMFORT is awesome!

Fidelio red pat dress slide 8.13 Naot Deluxe Blue 6.13 Ziera Zimmer blk90% of women are in pain after an hour in high heels and want to remove the shoes!  Not surprising, huh?  Of those 90%, half are uncomfortable AFTER ONLY 10 MINUTES!

Why do women do this?  According to William Rossi, DPM, shoe historian and author of The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe, “Shoes are designed and worn, consciously or subconsciously, to covey psychosexual messages.”

I’ve been a pedorthist since 1988 and witness daily how unrealistic shoe shapes damage individuals…yet when I don heels (boots, shoes, or sandals), my persona shifts deeply at my soul level…I swear it’s in our DNA!

We seek out STYLE with COMFORT brands and models.  Our unofficial motto is:  We’ll provide you with the prettiest shoes that your feet can tolerate!