Finding comfortable shoes that are stylish can be challenging. If you have plantar fasciitis, turf toe (hallux rigidis), arthritis, bunions or any other foot challenges, you know how difficult it is to find footwear that is comfortable and good looking.
Kirsten Borrink at Barking Dog Shoes speaks your language. She has been reviewing women’s footwear since 2007, consistently highlighting stylish footwear that meets the needs of comfort challenged women. Her loyal following depends on her to find and highlight new and existing styles that fulfill the often-competing needs of comfort and style.
Some blog posts may highlight footwear that addresses a particular foot ailment, other posts may showcase seasonal offerings or newly introduced styles. Here are a number of her previous posts. Check them out and let her know what you think - the comment sections on her posts are very active.
Posts Addressing Specific Foot Problems
Plantar Fasciitis Shoes – 10% of us will experience plantar fasciitis at some point in our lives. It can be painful and severely limit mobility. Kirsten explores what types of shoes might be best to help with this debilitating condition.
Best Shoes for Bunions –Those suffering from bunions need shoes with wider toe boxes, stretchy upper materials or other accommodations for the bulges at the ball of the foot. Low heels and softer upper materials help ease discomfort.
Stylish Shoes for Hammer Toes – Extra tall toe boxes and softer leathers help bring comfort to those with hammer toes. Finding shoes that also look stylish can be a big challenge.
Footwear for Turf Toe (Hallux Rigidis) - Sandals, boots and clogs that provide comfort for people with limited range of motion in their big toe joint. These shoes often have less flexible soles with a large amount of rocker to help the foot complete the step without bending at the big toe.
Articles that Address Seasonal Needs
Stylish Sandals – Whether your needs are for sandals with removable footbeds, sandals that you can take on a wild river trip or sandals to wear to work, Kirsten and company have great suggestions that blend comfort with style.
Shoes for Outdoor Adventures – Going hiking? Need a fantastic water shoe for a rafting trip? Here are suggestions for outdoor footwear with a nod to comfort.
Reviews of Individual Shoes
Dansko Pro XP 2.0 – Dansko’s clog with a removable insole has been improved. Read the Barking Dog Shoes review to discover if this is the clog for you.
Birkenstock Arizona – This style has been around for years. Newly updated with a different midsole and new colorways, Kirsten highlights the latest offerings from this German comfort brand.
Fly London – A newer brand, Fly has been very successful blending contemporary looks with real comfort. Barking Dog showcases a few of their popular styles in this article.
The internet gives us the ability to choose from hundreds of thousands of shoes. Everyday. We can compare prices and shipping policies and look at our top choices from a variety of angles. The one thing we cannot do is get an idea of how much comfort a shoe can deliver. This is where Barking Dog Shoes and Kirsten Borrink really shine. Check out her site and let her know what you think.