i’m 24 and need orthotics

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I’ve had this weird pain in my right foot’s big toe for about a month now, and it’s only gotten worse. Even my mom told me to go to the doctor, and she never tells me to go to the doctor. She’s more in the put-a-band-aid-on-it-you’re-fine camp. I think it’s from when I stepped on a needle the summer between my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college.

Anyway, after limping around for a month, I eventually made an appointment with an podiatrist here in Austin. He took some x-rays, looked at my foot, gave me a steroid shot, and handed me a pair of orthotics. I promised I would only wear athletic shoes (spoiler – I lied.)

Basically, that started my journey to find some cute flats (what I wear 99.999% of the time) that were orthotic friendly and didn’t look like old lady shoes. Since I’m a teacher and I’m on my feet for 10+ hours a day, good shoes are key. (Yes, I can hear you chuckling, Mom). There’s this wonderful company (who doesn’t know I exist) called Vionic. And you guys, they make the most beautiful orthotic-friendly shoes I’ve ever seen. Ecco is another great brand.

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The first thing I wanted to find was a basic, black, clean, modern flat. These ALMOST seem not to exist anywhere on the internet or in stores. They’re the ECCO Touch Ballerina 2.0. Simple. Leather. Removable insole. Done.

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These beauties come in a very shiny patent leather as well. Score!

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If you want a little more texture, the Vionic Surin would be a great choice. I tend not to wear this type of shoe, though, since my feet tend to get even dirtier than normal.

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Next up is the Vionic Spark Minna Ballet Flat. The little bow on the front makes me think it’s a little younger, but still very professional, and most of all, comfortable.

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These are the pair that actually came home with me – they are comfy, have a pointed toe, fit my orthotics, and are surprisingly sturdy. They’re the Vionic Gem Caballo. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

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Once I recover from the sticker shock of nice, orthotic friendly shoes, I will probably invest in these beauties. I wish the Gem Caballos came in brown, but they don’t 🙁 so I’ll settle for the Vionic Spark Minna Ballet Flat that we saw above in another color.

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The super light tan thing that a lot of shoes have going on lately isn’t really my thing (hello, pasty ghost feet), but I know some people love it. Vionic Surin comes in this color, lucky you if that’s your thing!

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Vionic Spark Minna Ballet Flat also comes in a burgundy color that would probably make me think twice about wearing the same boring outfit everyday.

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In all reality though, I can’t pass up a pointed toe shoe. When it’s time to introduce some color, I’ll probably buy the Vionic Spark Minna Ballet Flat in this adorable burgundy color. I remember the first pair of pointed toe flats that I bought. They made my feet bleed because they were so stiff, but I LOVED them.

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I know they’re not the MOST supportive orthotic shoe in the world, but it’s a helluva lot better than what I have been wearing. The insoles (if I was using them) are velvety-soft and the faux snakeskin is washable enough I expect them to last at least through the school year. I don’t think I’ve ever owned such a comfortable pair of flats (or any other shoe for that matter!) in my life. Vionic, you’re doing something right!

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