I’ve always found shoe shopping fairly challenging – I’ve got big feet – reasonably wide size 8s if you please. Since having kids they’ve got worse, they’ve spread and my arches have collapsed which is probably due to the inordinate amount of time spent in flip flops during pregnancy when my ankles and feet were too swollen to fit into anything else! I love the idea of heels and pretty details but always finding myself reverting to the same comfortable flats – which is why I now have three pairs of Saltwater sandals, some gorgeous Hotter pumps and a pair of Hotter sandals and then spend much of the rest of my time in my trainers. I fear its a sign of age that I now go for comfort and support over everything else – I have no time for uncomfortable shoes, that said I still want to look and feel nice!
I was recently introduced to Strive footwear, a brand concentrating on women’s orthotic footwear – slippers, shoes and sandals which are designed using biomechanical footbed technology to support your feet. I have a terrible habit for wearing very flat sandals which I don’t think is really doing my feet an awful lot of good in the long term so I was excited to see what Strive had to offer. After spending quite a while browsing the site I eventually settled on a pair of metallic Trio sandals – sadly these didn’t fit. The straps are not adjustable and I couldn’t get my feet into them. Back to the drawing board! Next on my wish list was a pair of Stowe pumps – I loved the contrast of the thick black elastic and thought they would lift my standard mum uniform of leggings nicely. Unfortunately they didn’t have my size in stock (though I’ve noticed today that they’ve got them in again and I’m sorely tempted to order a pair!) Eventually I settled on a pair of black and bronze Kona sandals (continuing the distinct metallic theme of my picks!) working on the basis that the adjustable straps would give me the best chance of a good fit!
Whilst I was right and the fully adjustable straps did allow for a completely customisable fit, my feet were too wide for the footbed. Gutted. Accepting that perhaps my feet are just too wide for Strive Footwear I decided to see how Mum would get on with my Kona sandals as they colour way is right up her street.
Mum loves shoe shopping just as much as I do . . . she struggles with fit and comfort – a broken ankle some years ago and a more recent hammer toe have just compounded the issue. However, as I have mentioned already, the fact that all three straps on the Kona sandals are fully adjustable means she can really make sure they fit perfectly and, even better, they can be loosened off as the day goes on to accommodate for any swelling. (Personally the effects of heat and a dodgy ankle mean this is something I have to consider too!)
The Kona sandal is designed for all day wear with supportive footbed technology and a cushioned micro-fibre lining. The contoured sole unit with BFT technology is a step up from the very flat sandals I tend to wear personally and means that the shoes will minimise foot fatigue all while improving posture, balance and body alignment. I’m all too familiar with the aches and pains that come with wearing too flat shoes all day!
Whilst I’m pretty gutted that these super comfy sandals are not going to be a part of my own summer wardrobe, I’m pleased to have been able to add something new to Mum’s! (Dad actually said he prefers them to her Birks!)
*I received the Kona sandals from Strive Footwear free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and options remain my own (or Mum’s!)*