Throughout my 20s and early 30s, I was one of those people who didn’t have a flat. I was living in New York at the time, and I could be seen standing for hours at events or running across town, Carrie Bradshaw-esque, my feet covered in sky-high stilettos. But then came an unfortunate (and painful) broken ankle in my mid-30s, and I had to change my ways. I still slip back into heels when warranted, but those times are becoming rarer, and I’ve had to switch to finding shoes that are cute but comfortable.
That being said, there comes a time when comfort wins. When that happens, slippers like the Revitalign Orthotic Perforated Suede Mules are definitely in order, especially since I’ve learned that going barefoot around the house can actually do more harm than good. “Walking barefoot can be a source of pain for many people,” says Anne Sharkey, MD, DPM, a podiatrist at the North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. Plus, she cautions that “most slippers tend to be cushioned but lack support.” It’s important to look for shoes that take all of this into account, like this pair from Revitalign.
Are these the cutest slippers on the block? Well, not necessarily. But are they packed with orthopedic features to offer comfort and support? Absolutely. “These shoes combine comfort with stability, making them ideal for those who need orthopedic support,” says Sharkey. This is due to some features in particular:
First and foremost? Support. “Supporting the heel, midfoot, and forefoot with orthotic support and cushioning, this is a great option for a slipper,” says Sharkey.
deep heel cup
Sharkey says a deep heel cup provides stability by, you guessed it, cupping the heel. Not only does it create greater shock absorption, but “it’s like giving your heel a hug,” she says.
Sharkey likes the thicker rubber sole on these slippers, saying it provides good traction. I especially like that since I have hardwood floors throughout my apartment and I’m always looking for an indoor shoe that prevents slipping and sliding.
The metatarsal is the part of the foot that includes the bones between the ankle and the toes. These slippers feature a metatarsal pad which Sharkey says will help add cushioning to the ball of the foot.
All of these supportive features already make these slippers a safe choice for a comfortable house shoe. Seven different colors, including bright turquoise, deep burgundy, pastel yellow, and rosy pink, mean you can walk for miles in unerring style (yes, style). Plus, they’re available in sizes 5 through 12, including half sizes and wide widths. All-over perforated details, a subtle square toe, and an open back heel complete the look.
Are these Revitalign sneakers as cutting edge as my old Manolos? Definitely not. But will they bring much-needed comfort to my still-sore ankle and heel after a long day? It is decidedly so.
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