How to Choose Supportive Home Footwear
Wearing home footwear helps maintain the consistency of support. For many people, it is an easy way to improve overall comfort as well as control. We may not think we spend a lot of time walking around the house, but the reality is that all those minutes spent preparing a meal, hosting a party or cleaning the house add up. This is the perfect time to slip something supportive onto your feet.
Here are a few tips to consider when choosing home footwear:
1. Softer Isn’t Always Better
People generally like the soft, warm and fuzzy slippers because they are cozy. However, unless the liner is removable to accommodate an orthotic, there is often very little support in these types of slippers. Nowadays, there are some brands that are still cozy and warm, but have an outsole more similar to a shoe and have a removable liner so you can slip in an orthotic or over-the-counter insole. Sorel, Biotime and Birkenstock all make clog or slipper styles with removable liners.
2. Look For Built-in Support
Some brands, such as Birkenstock, have clog styles with built-in arches. This way, you get support but don’t need to worry about the inconvenience of switching an orthotic in and out.
3. Don’t Forget About Sandals
We often recommend sandals at home as an alternative to slippers. Again, this would be something with a removable liner, such as Cambrian or Portofino sandal, or something with a built-in support, such as Birkenstock, Sole flip-flops or Montrail flip-flops.
4. Replace Regularly
Just because you aren’t wearing a slipper or sandal out of doors, doesn’t mean it will last forever. It may still look new and clean, but the cushioning and control will wear down as you wear it. A year or two would be the maximum lifespan of a pair of indoor shoes.
READ MORE: Everything You Need To Know: Home Footwear
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