Trusted Referrals & Healthy Shoe Shopping

Here’s a short list of professionals I recommend. Please let me know if you use one of these referrals – I’d love to hear how it goes for you!

Also – the second half is a guide to shopping for healthy shoes.

Physical Therapy:
New Heights
Locations in Vancouver, SE Portland, and NW Portland

Podiatrist: Dr. Ray McClanahan
Northwest Foot & Ankle
2701 NW Vaughn Street, Suite 424
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 243-2699

Personal Trainer:
Brandie Sylfae
(503) 422-0402

Rolfer:
Karin Edwards-Wagner
2732 SE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 230-0087

Massage:
Sally Leonard
Forget Me Knots
12655 SE Center St, Ste 530, Beaverton 97005
Yes, she’s in my office!
503-201-7110

Artisan Extraordinaire:
Custom clothing and enamel jewelry
L.A. Fine
acorncottageartisanry@gmail.com
(503) 285-4017

Clark Original on the left. The Jafe on the right is too stiff to be ideal for regular wear, but a rare find for fancy dress-up occasions.

Clark’s Original “Faraway Field” on the left, grey with mint stitching, also available in red, black, and brown. The Jafe on the right is too stiff to be ideal for regular wear, but works as a rare heel-less find for fancy dress-up occasions. Edited to add: The Jafe’s softened up with use, and the Clark’s model comes in more colors now! I just got myself some blue suede shoes!

Buying bio-mechanically correct shoes:
First, read this article about foot function and how to assess a shoe. Then, look for brands like Born, Clark’s, Keen, Lems, Jambu & J-41 (sexy sandals!), Vivo, Altra, Jafe, and Merrell. FiveFinger and Fila make minimal, separated toe shoes (personally, my short toes like the Filas much better – and they were a mere $30 at Big 5 sports!). Please note that I am NOT endorsing every model shoe the above brands make. For example, Keen has two footbeds, a stiff, narrow version (skip these!) and the one I like with the wide toebox.  In all brands, some models may be great, but others are too pointy-toed, too stiff, or have a heel. Shop carefully. When trying shoes on, you need to step on the insole itself and examine other factors discussed here. Try not to get carried away with something cute or a pair that feels “good enough” – your feet will get pickier as they adapt to having room to move! They will also spread out, so if you are between sizes, go up. Most people gain a half to a full size as their toes spread out. Winter boot guide here.

A happy surprise for the Pacific NW Fall weather - Bogs rainboots have no heel and give plenty of room for the front of the foot. I got my pair at Clogs & More on Hawthorne.

A happy surprise for the Pacific NW weather – Bogs rainboots have no heel and give plenty of room for the front of the foot. I got my pair at Clogs & More on Hawthorne.

Places to get biomechanically-correct footwear locally:

REI (surely you know where REI is)
FitRight NW  (they carry Lems) off NW 23rd
Pie in the Alberta district
Cobbler Bill’s near 82nd & Foster
Shoe Mill at the big malls
The Walking Company also in malls
Clogs N More – note – don’t buy clogs! :) Hawthorne and downtown
Imelda’s on Hawthorne
Footwise on Broadway

And don’t forget the toe socks so you can move freely inside your spiffy new shoes. Sock Dreams has a store in Sellwood, or you can order online. They carry unique, high quality stuff, including the elusive toesock with formed heels. They thoroughly describe their stock on the website, including measurement info like calf size. They ship superfast, for free, and, if you ask, they will do an ADORABLE drawing on your receipt.

Places to get biomechanically-correct footwear online:

soft-star-products

Part of the Soft Star shoe line. You can custom order your color choices!Ahimsa

Ahinsa Casual style, fabric shoes
Altra  Wide toebox running shoes
Belleville Military & law enforcement-type boots.
Lems ugly but comfortable
Oesh Variety of women’s styles from professional to casual.
Shoes for Crews Steeltoes, other serious work shoes & boots
Skidbusters Nursing, etc.
Soft Star Shoes Minimal, basically leather socks. Based in Corvallis
Tune Men’s penny loafers
Vibram FiveFingers and wrap shoes
Vivobarefoot Lightweight, minimal shoes and boots
Xero sandals, including DYI

 

Again, not everything these places sell will be good for your feet. Double check the shopping guide. I recommend wearing your new shoes inside for a while on a trial run (so they are returnable) before venturing out.

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