I often gaze at high heeled shoes in wonder and awe. I am only 5’3 and so could definitely benefit from the extra inches are pretty pair of shoes can bring. Yet I know that I can’t walk in them for more than just a few minutes. I have tried and failed on many occasions and now I know not to try! I am one of the 93% of people that have knee, foot or back pain due to over pronation and have never taken professional advice. I am also very clued up on foot health due to Erin’s Hip dysplasia and subsequent foot problems, yet for me I have bought off the shelf orthotics to aid comfort but just get on with it. I knew I had an issue with over-pronating, which is when you ankle rolls more to one side, because I have always worn shoes out very quickly on the one side. I walk heavy and shoes’s don’t last long unless I wear my foot supports in them. With our family history of hypermobilty I know we need to take care of our joints.
Therefore being invited to a lovely restaurant (Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Birmingham) to meet the Vionic brand and talk shoes and orthotic support was certainly relevant. We had a presentation on the brand and how it has developed since the 1980’s. Vionic has it’s foundations in providing supportive shoes, they are new to Europe but well know in Australia and America. Walking is now having a resurgence as a way of keeping healthy. Many of us are tracking our steps and setting goals with Fitbits and other devices. The Vionic brand knows that for many walking is the cheapest and safest exercise, with the least chance of injury but they also realised that the surface we are walking on, namely hard walkways and paths, are not foot friendly. Vionic is the first and only shoe brand with proven results in helping to alleviate heel pain.
After the presentation we were able to try some of the popular styles and even take them away with us. This makes me very happy as they are perfect for me. I have tried a pair of The Venture Walker, these are sporty looking and ideal for everyday wear and they are durable for longer walks. The Venture comes with built in FMT technology, to align your feet and provide the support needed for over -pronation. The venture cost £70 and come in a range of colours.
Vionic know that women want shoes that look good and therefore they have worked to combine the two. This is evident in the range of sandals and now even wedges that look good aswell as giving support. The second pair I have is a classic toe post sandal. i live in these in the summer but if I bought cheaper unsupportive flip flop styles I would fall off the back of the shoe at the heel. By the end I would have both heel pain and a dirty heel from literally walking on the street! The Vionic sandals are built with the same technology as the trainers and will be a summer staple for many.
The Islander sandals cost £45 and they are available in a wide range of colours. The shoes are so comfy and Vionic have been really generous and given all my readers a 30% off code that is valid until 30th April. Simply shop on the website here and use the discount code VIONIC30 at the checkout stage.
I am a firm believer that we need to look after ourselves and prevention is way better than cure. Vionic aims to prevent us from experiencing foot, heel and knee pain with their shoes. Remember heel pain is often cumulative after years of walking on harsh surfaces. do yourself a favour before it gets painful and choose shoes that support the natural foot.
This last photo is of me at the event with some of my favourite ladies.