“Flat feet,” as defined by The Mayo Clinic, is a common and typically painless condition that occurs when the arches of the foot do not develop in childhood. “You have flat feet when the arches of your feet are flattened, allowing the entire soles of your feet to touch the floor when you stand up,” as described on the clinic’s Web site.
In some cases, however, flat feet can develop following an injury or from the natural stress that progresses with age. If you aren’t experiencing pain, treatment isn’t necessary. Nevertheless, flat feet can contribute to problems in your ankles and knees because the condition can alter the alignment of your legs.
If you begin to experience pain, the most common therapy is to wear supportive shoes. “A structurally supportive shoe might be more comfortable than shoes with minimal support,” states The Mayo Clinic.
The best shoes for flat feet have good arch support and a proper fit. Choose a shoe that does not have a “bendy” sole as the middle of your feet need support. Pick a shoe that is difficult to move, as you should not be able to twist it either. Finally, proper heel support is essential, as a stiff shoe seems to provide the most care for those with flat feet.
It is for this reason people have turned to clogs.
Sandgrens’ has a collection of classic wooden clogs, including the Saragasso and Seoul, that showcase a low heel and a sturdy base that resists the aforementioned manipulation. Clogs for flat feet are a well-designed option for those who seek a more stylish fit for their needs.
To find your best size, Sandgrens has created unique sizing chart accessible on each of the product pages. Simply match your U.S. size to the European size listed, and it’s recommended to size up if you wear a half size. If you’re still not certain, measure your foot from heel to the tip of your longest toe. Be sure to measure your foot with your heel against the wall while standing on a solid surface.
When your flat feet become painful, the right shoes can make all the difference.