Archive for June, 2010

Jane’s Picks – Birki’s Skorpios Navy Birko-Flor

The Birki’s Skorpios is a great sandal for both guys and gals. The microfiber footbed liner makes the Navy Birko-Flor Skorpios a true Vegan sandal. No leather products used at all! Best of all — this week it’s only $66.74 – what a deal!

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Finn Comfort Women’s Slip-on Sandal

Finn Comfort Women’s Slip-on Sandal

Finn Comfort sandals are available at HappyFeet.com in a wide variety of styles, colors and fabrics.

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Tooting Our Own Horn? You Bet!

HFP Horn Tooting

Although we don’t often brag about the footwear that we offer sometimes it’s just got to come out, so here goes. “We sell great shoes!”

Of course we are going to say that, but maybe seeing what our customers have to say will carry more weight. These are real customers providing real feedback 30 days after having placed an order. This is just a sample of the positive feedback we receive daily. Thanks to all of our customers.

SHOE REVIEWED

CUSTOMER COMMENT

Birkenstock
Arizona

My son is very happy with his new Birks. They were a replacement for a pair he wore to the ground, so to speak. We originally ordered the wrong size but I was able to intercept the process with a representative on the phone and received the correct size in the mail in quick time. Thank you
Joan R., NY

Birkenstock
Arizona

I found the Happy Feet website easy to use. It has the best selection of Birkenstocks I found online with good prices. I got one pair for casual wear and one for dressier events. There is only one other type of shoe my podiatrist will let me wear with my plantar fasciitis.
Karen P., WA

Birki’s
Haiti

Been a “Birkie” since they were invented. Don’t wear anything else. I was thrilled to find the Happy Feet website.
danyell s., TN

Finn Comfort
Jamaica

My third pair of the Jamaica — each one fits like the previous one. Finn Comfort produces great shoes…consistent sizing and oh so comfortable!
Julie M., FL

Finn Comfort
Jamaica

My plantar fasciitis was acting up because my previous pair were too worn at the heels. Within a day of wearing the new ones, I felt much better.
Janet N., CA

Kenkoh
Soul

I felt all of the soreness on my feet start to fade.Once I broke into them I didn’t want to stop wearing them.I brought them to work with me a couple of times because I am a hairstylist and wore socks with them!I highly recommend it
Celeste S., MA

Kenkoh
Spirit

Just bought a pair today bc my feet were killing me. Put them on before leaving shirokiya and WOW within 5 minutes my feet starting feeling great. I do recomend only wearing them for a little while for 1st time use. Brittany Honolulu, HI

Mephisto
Hannel

I have owned these sandals for 3 years. The great arch and cork sole bed are the only thing that gave me relief from a nasty case of Plantar Fascitis. They mold to your foot and are well worth the price I paid. I will probably buy another pair unless Mephisto comes out with a new style with the same properties. They were a Godsend.

Papillio
Tabora

These are the best shoes I have ever owned I bought my first paid seven years ago and I’m just needing to buy another pair. I wear them with everthing pants, shorts, even dresses. these are soooo comfy.

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Regards,

Dave

Birkenstock Florida Sandal from Happy Feet Plus

Birkenstock Florida from Happy Feet Plus

This is the Birkenstock Florida, a classic triple-strap style that comes in a wide variety of colors and materials – with fully adjustable straps and shock-absorbing EVA soles, to provide healthy, stable comfort.

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Jane’s Picks – Alpro P250

The Birko-Flor upper looks like a Birkenstock Arizona, the cork footbed is made by Birkenstock AND it has a slip-resistant sole. What a great combination. The Alpro P250 is a wonderful hybrid of a classic sandal. Buy one this week and save 25%.

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The Birkenstock Advantage

Birkenstock Arizona from Happy Feet Plus

Birkenstock footwear are made to last an extremely long time and they last an even longer time with proper care. Theses shoes are orthopedically designed and have been approved by many podiatrists as a very important aid in foot care and foot pain relief. From heel pain to back pain, you are sure to experience comfort and relief the more you wear them.

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Get the Right Size

Get the Right Size

If you’re getting ready to purchase your first pair of Birkenstock footwear you might find the following information useful.

First off, there are footbed differences between Birkenstock, Birki’s, Alpro, Footprints, Papillio, and Tatami. You can read more about the differences in the way the footbeds fit by going to a previous blog entry Footbed Differences.

As far as sizing goes, all Birkenstock brand family are pretty similar. Click Here to go to the Happy feet Plus Sizing Chart. The length fit for all Birkenstock brand family sandals and clogs conform to the Size Chart. If you’re looking to buy a Footprints shoe, you probably ought to go one size bigger.

Much of the Birkenstock brand family footwear is available in Narrow and Regular widths. The chart below identifies how you can tell the difference in the marking for narrow and regular width footwear. (Some styles come in a medium width. The footprint icon for medium width is solid in the forefoot and open in the heel.)

Birkenstock Width Information

Once you’ve identified your size, ordered your footwear from Happy Feet Plus (of course) and open the box, how do you determine if it is a correct size?

Well, Birkenstock has developed a pretty thorough set of instructions for ensuring that you have a perfect fit.

Birkenstock Fitting Information

    When you first receive your Birkenstock footwear

  1. Remove the shoes from the box and gently flex them with your hands or on the floor. Birkenstocks often feel a bit stiff at first and this will help soften them and make them feel comfy sooner.
  2. Unbuckle ALL of the straps and place your feet in the shoes. Make sure your heels are ALL the way back in the heel cup of the shoes. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arch and the toe bar should fit comfortably beneath your toes, where your toes meet your foot.
  3. Before you stand up, look to see if there is adequate space for your feet (approx. ¼” for toes and heels, and 1/8” on the sides of your feet). You’ll want a little extra room because your feet will expand when you stand and walk.
  4. Buckle the straps starting at your toes and working up. The straps should be a bit snug but not tight. The support will come from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. It’s just right if you can wiggle one finger between the strap and your foot.
  5. Now take a walk around the house and see how they feel. They might feel a bit stiff. That’s normal. As soon as you start wearing them a bit they will start to soften and shape to your foot.
  6. Once you feel comfortable with them around the house then go ahead and start wearing them outside. Make sure to get used to them slowly though. Allow your feet and your body to gradually get used to the new support, the straps and the buckles. We recommend a few hours for the first 5 or 6 wearings. After that you may never want to take them off.

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Regards,

Dave

Birkenstock Arizona from Happy Feet Plus

Birkenstock Arizona from Happy Feet Plus

This is the Birkenstock Arizona, the classic two-strap style comes in a wide variety of colors and materials – with fully adjustable straps and shock-absorbing EVA soles, to provide healthy, stable comfort.

The upper material comes in Suede, Birko-Flor, Birkibuc and Leather.

This has the original Birkenstock footbed, featuring exceptional arch support, a deep heel cup, a roomy toe box, and a suede footbed liner. As you wear them the footbed molds and shapes to your foot.

The Sole material is EVA – a flexible, durable, lightweight, and shock resistent material.

Birkenstock footwear follows your foot’s natural shape and contour.

The Birkenstock deep heel cup enables your body weight to be distributed evenly over the whole foot to ensure proper foot alignment and optimal support.

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Jane’s Picks – Black Hunter Leather Sandals

This week I’ve got a His and Her Special in Black Hunter Leather. For Him, the Birkenstock Arizona. For Her, the Birkenstock Sydney Soft Footbed. Both are perfect when you want to go “formal” and dress in black. Did I mention they’re each 25% off?

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Great Balls of (Foot) Fire

Great Balls of (Foot) Fire

Does the ball of your foot feel like it’s on fire? Does it feel like there’s a big, painful lump under your toes? Does it hurt most after you’ve been on your feet a lot? If so, you may be suffering from Metatarsalgia.

What is Metatarsalgia?

Each time you step down on the ball of the foot the metatarsal arch begins to flatten. This allows the metatarsal arch to act as a shock absorber. As we step forward all of our body weight is forced onto the toes and balls of the foot. If they are not aligned or supported properly, or if we have insufficient fatty padding, we experience pain. (Click here to learn more about the Metatarsal Arch.)

Sometimes we create a metatarsal pain unkowingly by wearing:

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Shoes with restrictive, narrow toe box
  • Poorly padded shoes, like work boots
  • Sandals or shoes with flat insoles (little or no arch support)

Other times Metatarsalgia is the result of bad genes or injuries, such as Dropped Metatarsals or a thinning or destruction of the fatty pad in the ball of the foot.

Dropped metatarsal – Each foot has five metatarsals that connect to the toes. If one or more of the metatarsal heads sits lower than the others, it will bear more of our body weight than it should. Causes of a dropped metatarsal include:

  • A “flexible foot” where the ligaments, tendons and muscles are too lax to hold the bones and joints in their optimal position.
  • High heeled shoes which raise the heel, throwing the weight forward onto the ball of the foot. The increased weight and pressure stretches the soft tissues allowing the metatarsal head to drop.
  • Injury such as fractured bones or dislocated joints that are not properly treated and may heal in an abnormal position. One common injury is called “March Fractures” derived from military recruits who exhibit this type of fracture. “March Fractures” are also common in runners, joggers, and other athletes.

Thinning or destruction of the fatty pad in the ball of the foot – The fatty pad acts as protection for the interior structures of the foot.

  • A dropped metatarsal will destroy the fatty pad between it and the skin.
  • Some diseases cause thinning of the fatty pad including rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disorders, and endocrine disease.
  • Excessive or prolonged pressure on the ball-of-the-foot such as that caused by high heeled shoes, walking barefoot, or wearing shoes with thin soles.
  • Feet with high arches, which are usually rigid and don’t allow the arch to come down and contact its support. This causes all of the weight to be forced into the ball-of-the-foot, instead of some of the weight being carried by the arch. People with high arches need adequate arch support in addition to metatarsal support.
  • Hammertoes create metatarsal pain when the toes contract and rise up in an effort to grip the ground due to a lack of balanced support from the metatarsals. Proper support gives the gripping toes a chance to relax.

Fortunately there are ways to relieve the pain caused by Metatarsalgia and it’s co-conspirators hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. Many of them can be found here at Happy Feet Plus. Look for footwear with good arch support, especially good metatarsal arch support, like the entire family of Birkenstock footwear as well as Finn Comfort. You can also purchase the Birko-Sport 2-part insole for use in your exisiting shoes (not your high heels though – there is no help for them.)

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Regards,

Dave