Although it didn’t feel like much of a ‘summer’ weather-wise, we are slowly making the transition to fall. Which often means wearing different shoes than you usually wear through the summer months. Below we give some great suggestions from new running shoes on the market to more fashionable options to fit your custom orthotics.
Brooks Ghost 10 GTX
The Brooks Ghost is a cushioning running shoe with a great forefoot rocker. It was updated through the summer, but keep your eye out for the GORE-TEX version which should be available shortly. It will provide you the cushioning through your fall runs, but with the durability and water resistance for those rainy, cool fall days.
Saucony Echelon 6
One of our favourite shoes here at SoleScience is getting a subtle makeover this fall. Saucony launched it’s new midsole technology, Everun, last year and has incorporated it into this version for a very plush, cushioned ride. It’s available in multiple widths and the depth within the shoe is wonderful for fitting orthotics. A great update to a very versatile shoe!
As you may be transitioning away from sandals and into dress shoes again or boots for fall, keep a few things in mind as you’re looking over your current shoes or shopping for new ones:
- Stable heel counter: your shoe should provide rigid support around the heel. This will help to provide more support throughout the day, and help to limit fatigue.
- Wide toe box: It is never fun to have your toes squished, even though we do it for fashion. It can lead to problems down the road, and be uncomfortable through the day. Look for a rounded, or wider toe box, that allows your feet room. Remember that your feet swell throughout the day and you want to be just as comfortable in the morning as you are at the end of the day.
- Fashionable options for custom orthotics: They do exist! It may take some searching, and your Pedorthist will be able to offer great options for you (in terms of pathology, occupation, and specific needs). If you wear custom orthotics, look for a thick insert that can be replaced with your orthotics, and try them on in store. If you love them, but the fit isn’t quite right, your Pedorthist may be able to help with suggestions including a slight adjustment to your custom orthotics or stretching the shoe.
Looking for new fall footwear but wanting something a little less athletic? There are a few new shoes we are excited about this fall that are fashionable and functional!