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My foot health has never been better, thanks very much for asking. Well, it’s as good as it could be considering the punishment that I’ve put my feet through over my 50-plus years. For goodness sake, as a kid I used to go to school WITHOUT shoes on.
That I wanted to do that still baffles me; but the damage I probably did to my feet as a kid is scary. And let’s not talk about my love of a high heel, not let’s not (we’ll talk about that next month when I talk all things FRANKiE4 high heels).
In this post, which celebrates the launch of the FRANKiE4 Footwear spring-summer 2018 season, I’m all about flat shoes.
But, as FRANKiE4 Footwear designer (podiatrist and physiotherapist) Caroline McCulloch has taught me, not all flat spring-summer sandals are good for the health of our feet.
There are plenty of shoes out there that are very flat, unsupportive and offer little cushioning. This can put all sorts of strains through the feet. In particular, the development of plantar fasciitis has been linked to poor footwear. The constant pressure going through your arch can trigger the ligament running from your big toe to your heel (your plantar fascia) to become damaged and lead to plantar fasciitis. – Caroline McCulloch, FRANKiE4 Footwear
Now, if you’re someone who suffers from plantar fascia, I don’t need to tell you the world of pain you can be in on any given day. I don’t have planta fascia, but I do have neuroma bursitis and planter plate damage between my second and third toes on my left foot.
The not-so-funny thing is that I didn’t know that I even had a foot health problem. I thought the pins and needles and numbing was “normal”. HAH. I can still hear Caroline telling me that it was far from normal and that I needed to see a podiatrist, STAT. I’d been wearing and testing FRANKiE4 shoes for three years up until this point. I should have known better!
And so, began management of my not-normal foot health problem. Having a podiatrist (hello Matt at All Podiatry) as part of my health professional team is the best move I’ve ever made – apart from wearing FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes, of course.
I see Matt semi-regularly. I have orthotics to help manage the condition and I need to balance out my wearing of sandals and slides with wearing of sneakers with those orthotics inside. If I get the balance wrong, or wear shoes I shouldn’t, then the neuroma bursitis flares up and I can wake up in pain – even before I’ve put my feet on the ground. Lesson learned last summer.
I’m so grateful that I did get my feet checked. If I hadn’t I wouldn’t have been able to learn to run. I often see a lot of talk in the Styling You Facebook group about shoe fit and comfort. What I’ve learned is that it’s such an individual thing. Our feet come in all different shapes, sizes – with a whole range of issues. What works for me or you or your sister or mum, may not work for someone else.
These are the two things I’d like you to do to help your foot health this season:
- Contact the customer service team at FRANKiE4 Footwear to get personalised help on choosing the right shoe for your feet.
- If you feel you have any niggling foot issues that just don’t seem right, please see a podiatrist.
Many of the FRANKiE4 Footwear spring-summer 2018 sandals come with a triple-density functional footbed offering built-in arch and heel support and forefoot cushioning. This is so crucial to a flat sandal actually being good for your feet. What Caroline has cleverly done is disguise the appearance of the cushioning and support, to give the illusion of a flat, fashionable style but with all the essential benefits.
FRANKiE4 Footwear sandals are the comfort and style combination you need for the everyday, but they really come into their own when travelling and potentially walking long distances. The styles – some new; some new colours – that I’ve featured below have all passed that test for me. They represent just a small part of what’s to come this season at FRANKiE4 and I can’t wait to share more designs with you.
I love the look of the ZOE for wearing with both pants and skirts/frocks. She gives the look of a slide but with the added benefit of an adjustable ankle strap to keep the foot secure. She comes with a triple density built-in functional footbed, so it feels like you’re walking on clouds. I’ve featured her below in tan and gold leather, but ZOE also comes in black. Deciding on a colour will be the hardest choice here. If you’re looking for a minimalist colour in a sandal, something that will work back with everything and basically be an extension of your legs, then go for gold!
If you’ve been looking for slide that’s adjustable, then say hello to SHELLY. I’ve got a pretty average foot in terms of width, so all the FRANKiE4 shoes and slides fit me so well. I’m also a fit model, so I get to try on lots of the styles when they’re in development (BEST JOB EVER!). But I’ve got girlfriends – and some ladies here in the Styling You community – who have a narrow or wider foot. This style – because it’s adjustable – may just be the slide you’re looking for. I seriously love how this slide looks on the foot. It’s available in gold and black as pictured. The supportive functional footbed is built-in and made from cork and thermoplastic rubber, with a soft latex layer on top.
Now MARiA was a huge hit last year. I took her to Europe before her release and walked so many kilometres in her. You loved her so much that she’s back in some new colourways. Say hello to MARiA in rose gold. I gave you a sneak preview of her on my trip to Bali last month and I can report that she is indeed as as beautiful in real life as she is in the photos. It’s a soft and subtle rose gold that works with every skin tone. The in-built functional footbed is the same as the SHELLY. She is super comfortable. MARiA is a regular width fitting style. In most cases she holds well on a slightly narrow foot, but isn’t suitable for a very wide or very narrow foot.
HiLARY is another style that we embraced wholeheartedly last year and she’s back in SO many new colourways. It’s impossible to pick a new fave but I will. HAH. Rose gold crinkle! Have you ever? (This colour is coming very soon!) The in-built functional footbed is the same and offers the same arch and heel support and forefoot cushioning as the MARiA and SHELLY above. With the arrival of HiLARY into my life, I no longer wear rubber thongs – even for the beach. I have no need and they were seriously not good for my feet.
Another fave of 2017 was the LiLLi slide. She looks SO good on the foot. I seriously love how the triple density functional footbed is a combination of the white and tan layer. The effect is a streamlining of the slide’s look on the foot. And you are going to LOVE the new colourways. I gave you this sneak peek in Bali in July but you’ll have to hang tight until September to add these leopard babies to your wish list. They will be worth the wait – you might also fall hard for the three other new colours coming too. Don’t say I haven’t warned you.
So there you have it, a little taste of so much more to come for FRANKiE4 Footwear this spring-summer 2018. This is the brand’s biggest season yet and you will be blown away by the styles on offer. If you haven’t experienced the FRANKiE4 Footwear difference, do your feet a favour.
The FRANKiE4 customer service experience
FRANKiE4 Footwear has two beautiful concept stores in Brisbane – at Indooroopilly and Windsor. If you live in south-east Queensland, a visit to either of these stores is a must. They are gorgeous spaces and home to the full range of FRANKiE4 shoes but you also get access to the most experienced fitters in the business.
Don’t live nearby? Do not panic. You can buy online with confidence. The customer service team is beyond amazing. They are there to help you make a decision that works for your feet and your lifestyle. Call them first if you’re unsure about what styles might work for you. Phone 1300 721 898 or email [email protected]. When buying, Australian standard shipping is free, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to exchange or return shoes provided they are in as-new condition and FRANKiE4 Footwear also covers return shipping. This applies to non-sale items only.
Making a difference
FRANKiE4 Footwear believes in giving back to its community. The net proceeds from the sale of three packs of “hidden” sockettes (these really do stay in place on your feet while wearing sneakers) go to support Brainchild Foundation, which aims to help children who are affected by brain and spinal cord tumours, and their families. Shop the sockettes HERE.
SHOP the full FRANKiE4 Footwear range HERE.
FRANKiE4 Footwear has one pair of new-season FRANKiE4 Footwear flats or sandals to give away to TWO Styling You readers. Win a pair of FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes of your choice by checking out the full range of new-arrivals HERE and then leave an answer to the following question in the comments below:
Why do your soles need saving this spring-summer? And which style is up for the job?
Entries open on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winners of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. The winners will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.