It’s important to find out what features and benefits you’re spending money on when buying footwear. Knowing how and why a specific shoe will work for you is something all consumers should be aware of. Our men’s footwear buyer, Samantha Leta, gives you the scoop on why removable footbeds might be just right for you.
- “Removable footbeds allow you to put your own insole inside.”
Do you have custom orthotics? Or simply prefer your Powerstep inserts over most shoe supports? Removable footbeds make room for these kind of adjustments. Brands that feature removable footbeds in most styles include: Ziera, Finn Comfort, Wolky, San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS), as well as some Munro American product. When in doubt, especially while shopping online, look at the product features. 9 times out of 10 if the item has a removable footbed that information will be listed in the product features section.
- “Some removable footbeds provide dual-width capabilities.”
Ever fallen in love with a shoe, but found out the company does not make it in the width you need? If the inside of a shoe is finished properly, removing the footbed can provide extra width without losing out on comfort for those who need it.
- “Removable insoles make it possible to put in replacements.”
Sometimes the footbeds of shoes wear out before the outsoles do. This may happen for several reasons. Frequent wear runs down the footbed fabric, may cause unwanted odors and can decrease cushion and support. Some brands, Finn Comfort for instance, have footbeds that can be completely removed and replaced. Some companies will even manufacture a new insole for you.
Wedges have always made for a fabulous fashion statement, from Salvatore Ferragamo’s creation in the 1930s to present day. Most wedges (not all) offer more comfort and support than a high heel or stiletto shoe. With fashion and science evolving every day, many companies are finding unique ways to create wedges that are actually pretty good for your feet. The right design has the ability to provide incredible arch support and comfort that lasts when you’re on your feet all day.
Whether you’re searching for a summery shoe with comfort, style or a blend of both, the right wedge can provide you with exactly what you’re looking for.
Below is a list of our favorite wedges this season:
- Ka by Wolky
Arch support abounds in this unique wedge by the Dutch company, Wolky. Ka is adjustable at the ankle and across the front of the foot. After your first wear, Ka’s footbed molds itself to your distinct foot shape. If that’s not enough to convince you how amazing these wedges are, the company name itself tells you: Wolky stems from the Dutch word for cloud – “wolk”. The second you step into a pair of these bad boys, you’ll understand why they rock.
- Carousel by Taos
Adjustability across the front and around the ankle is beneficial when it comes to finding that “perfect fit” (we really love adjustability at our store). The suede-lined footbed is made from cork and contours to your specific foot. If reviews on the Carousel don’t convince you they’re amazing, we don’t know what will. Other than trying them on yourself, of course.
- Calla by Earth
Here’s the scoop on Earth brand shoes: the footbed and support structure is modeled after a specific yoga pose. Mountain pose or “tadasana” finds you standing with your back straight, core pulled in, hands at your sides and feet firmly planted beneath you. This promotes proper posture and connects you to the earth from the feet up. Calla emulates mountain pose by providing firm support in the arch, keeping you feeling steady and comfortable on your feet.
- Clarene Award by Clarks
Behold! A cute, comfy wedge offered in WIDE WIDTHS. Clarene Award has made quite an impact this season, with its offering of bright colors and, most importantly, Clarks Ortholite footbed construction. Ortholite is a blend of synthetic materials and recycled rubber that creates a lightweight, easy-to-walk-in cushioning.
- Cast by Walking Cradles
Aside from the fact that this shoe is adjustable (shocking, we know) and available in widths up to a double wide, the big deal here is the Tiny Pillows footbed technology. You can probably guess what the footbed on these slip-on wedges feels comparable to. Tiny Pillows is 5mm of foam that not only cushions while you’re wearing it, but bounces back after you’ve removed the shoe. This makes for lasting, durable comfort over the years.