- A wide toe-box.
- A flexible sole (see my video on youtube.com describing this in more detail.)
- Solid lateral support as I will wear the shoe almost all day, everyday; I don't buy shoes for "pronation" or "high arches" even though I have both. I would rather allow my foot to move through its natural gait. I need my natural correction to (at least eventually) come through my body.
- a shoe with a removable insole so that I can fit a lift in. On a side note, I have had numerous pairs of orthotics of all different types. I am much happier using my home-made lift that I can adjust up or down as needed rather than any of the 5 types of orthotics I've had. That's not to say don't get them, it's just my experience so far.
- a shoe that holds my foot in such as sneakers or Teva-type sandals.
But what about dress up? This is where I have a few options. None are great:
- Dansko clogs (their "professional" style) kind of have a bare foot feeling;
- Flat boots with a flexible sole; and
- Ballerina shoes with a strap (try the Naot brand for super comfy and cute).
And I recently found a store here called "Sole Desire"that links to a website that I will find and post. The shoes are neat and you might see brands you like.
Been a bridesmaid wearing Converse? Yes.