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Papillio Footwear from Happy Feet Plus

Papillio Proper Fitting

Your Feet - These miracles of nature allow us to stand, walk and jump unrestricted. Your toes are made up of 14 bones, two in the big toe and three in the smaller ones. The five bones in the middle of the foot and your ankle allow you to raise and lower the front of your foot at the sphenoid bones and the cuboid bone. On natural ground the body weight is dispersed evenly across the surface - however, on hard surfaces the foot only touches the ground at three points. When choosing a pair of shoes you should have 1 mm space by the heels and the toes. Your toes and heels should never touch the edge of the shoe. Our toes require "room to manoeuvre" so they can move when you take a step. By selecting the right size fit (see our size chart), you will enjoy the full lifetime of your new Papillio's, and get maximum pleasure from them.

Fitting Tips - Unbuckle all the straps and place your feet in the sandals. Make sure your heels are all the way back in the heelcups. The contours of the footbed should correspond to your own arches, and the toe grip should fit comfortably under your toes.

Length & Width - Most Papillio footwear is available in 2 widths; regular and narrow. Your feet should rest comfortably within the protective rims of the footbed. When you stand there should be about 1/4 inch of extra space for your toes and for your heel, and about 1/8 inch on each side of your feet. Your feet will need extra room when you walk. Proper length and width are crucial to your comfort. A correct fit will help increase durability.

Buckle Loosely - Beginning with the ones closest to your toes, buckle the straps. Papillio footwear is designed to be worn loosely. The support comes from the footbed, not from tightly buckled straps. Keeping the straps buckled loosely will allow your feet to lift slightly off the footbed, which permits the air circulation necessary for healthy feet. Our suggestion is to leave enough room to slip a finger under each strap. If your sandals have heel straps, fasten them loosely enough so that they do not push your feet forward and press your toes against the front rim of the footbed.

Comfort Tips - Adjust to your new sandals gradually, as they may introduce new movements to the muscles in your feet and legs Although your sandals may feel rather rigid at first, their flexibility will increase with wear. Leather straps will become more supple, and the footbeds will adjust slightly to your feet.