Finding the Right Shoe
Remember to shop with your orthosis (brace). For parents it is advisable to shop with your child and their orthosis, although not necissary.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
#1 Proper Width
If your orthosis requires extra width shoes look for sizes labeled E, 2E, 3E, 4E. Proper width is the most important feature of a shoe. If this results in some extra room at the toes this is okay. We also suggest a shoe with a rounded toe. Brands that commonly come in extra width include: New Balance, Brooks, Saucony, and Etonic.
#2 Deep Toe Box
Look for shoes which have a removable insert. By removing the insert you can gain extra depth inside your shoe.
#3 Select a Larger Size
Select a shoe which is a 1/2 - 1 size larger than what you would normally wear.
#4 Shoes with Laces or Velcro
Laces or velcro will make it easier to put on and take off your shoes over your orthosis. Avoid elasticized laces and any shoe that slips on and off.
TIPS FOR TRYING SHOES ON:
#1 Towards the End of the Day
Try on shoes towards the end of the day, as feet will swell throughout the day.
#2 Try on While Standing
Spend some time standing or walking in the shoes while wearing your orthosis
Make sure the shoes are comfortable!
Drop-off and same day pick-up service for quality velcro strap extensions are available at the Boundless clinic. Velcro extensions can make putting on new shoes easier.
When receiving a new orthosis - your first pair of strap extensions are free.
Using a shoe horn can improve independent donning of shoes. Shoe horns come in short and long varieties.
Try using a shoe horn when you receive your next orthosis to see if it helps.
POTENTIAL SHOE PROVIDERS & LOCATIONS
GTA Locations: Many locations available
A moderate selection of suitable footwear choices available; adult, youth
GTA Locations: Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Brampton, Milton, Oakville, Burlington
A moderate selection of suitable footwear choices available; young adult, youth
GTA Locations: Toronto, Richmond Hill
Phone Number: 1-888-655-4499
A wide selection of suitable footwear choices available; adult, youth, athletic, casual, dress
GTA Locations: N/A must be ordered through Boundless
Phone Number: 1-888-526-0020
A wide selection of suitable footwear choices available; youth, running shoes, sandals, boots
GTA Locations: Many locations available (suggested location: 16-1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. Mississauga)
A variable selection of suitable footwear choices available; adults, youth, athletic, casual, dress