Has anyone worn shoes by Vionic?
I have really, really flat feet, and have previously been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I'm amazed that when I was in my teens I could wear "flip flops" a/k/a "zorries" that have absolutely no arch support. Of course, I suppose it's possible that wearing them contributed to my foot problems.
At any rate, for some unknown reason my browser presented me with an ad for Vionic shoes a week or so ago. From what I've seen/read, the brand was started by a podiatrist, and I'm intrigued and eager to buy a pair of Vionic shoes. But, before I do, I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with them. If so, please tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly.
From the Vionic website, in the "About the Company" section (copied/pasted):
"Vionic's mission began with the work of renowned podiatrist Phillip Vasyli. A pioneer and innovator in the field of lower-limb biomechanics, Vasyli treated thousands of patients, ranging from young children to amateur and professional athletes. Known by friends and colleagues as a "born healer," he had a genuine passion for making orthotic treatment more affordable and accessible to people in need of pain relief.
"Early in his career, Vasyli realized that the only treatment options for many common foot-related ailments, like plantar fasciitis or over-pronation, were costly and time-consuming. In response to the overwhelming demand for a solution, he invented one of the first heat-moldable orthotics, a low-cost option that allowed patients to walk out of his practice feeling better than when they'd come in. This philosophy laid the groundwork for the award-winning Orthaheel orthotic, the world's first and only true orthotic available without a doctor's prescription."
They have shoes that are recommended by podiatrists. From the website (again, copy/paste):
"Many Vionic shoes carry the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance, with each product reviewed by a group of APMA podiatrists to ensure its safety, quality and overall effectiveness." You can see the APMA-approved shoes for women as well as for men.
These are not ugly orthotic shoes. They have dress shoes, casual shoes, sneakers, sandals, boots, and slippers.
Any feedback from folks who've worn them?