Benefits of Open-Toed Shoes
Posted on Oct 13, 2022

Are you unsure about open-toed shoes? We’ve had some customers tell us they’re not a fan of sandals. And we understand - most brands of sandals and flip flops aren’t supportive and can honestly be uncomfortable.

But let us explain why we love sandals, and how we’ve addressed those concerns.

Benefits Of Open-Toed Shoes

Your Feet Can Breathe in sandals, and trust us - you want that. If you suffer from sweaty toes then sandals can help you overcome that. Wearing restrictive shoes makes your feet hot, while open-toed shoes give your feet the room to breathe.

Comfort plays a big role in shoe selection for us, and we’re sure it impacts your choices too. Wearing restrictive shoes, or shoes that aren’t designed with foot health in mind can make it difficult to walk around comfortably.

They’re Easy To Put On because you won’t have to bend over and adjust them or tie laces. We know that this can be a hassle for some as they get ready for the day. It also helps for those rushed mornings. You can just step into your shoes and walk out the door when you’re wearing sandals. (That being said, we also believe that being able to bend over and adjust laces is an important functional need and if this is difficult, please seek a program to improve that function with your favorite physical therapist.)  

They’re perfect for vacation or warm weather in general. Like we mentioned before, if you live somewhere warm, or plan to go somewhere warm, you’ll want plenty of room for your feet to breathe. Some sandals are also good for the terrain you’ll encounter on vacation (think sand and water).

They allow for muscle work.  Sandals or open-toe shoes generally promote more use of the intrinsic muscles of the foot. One of the philosophies that Dr. Warner has is that a strong foot is a healthy and painless foot. By allowing the foot to strengthen throughout the day, many problems can be avoided. Restrictive, laced or tight-fitting, shoes that inhibit the movement of the foot will, by design, limit the ability of the muscles to strengthen. Alternatively, a sandal-type profile will allow for more muscle work. More muscle work usually results in better strength.

Additional Benefits Of The Healing Sole

Not only does The Healing Sole offer the benefits above, but they also facilitate natural relief and recovery with every step.

Designed by Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Meredith Warner, The Healing Sole has a unique combination of features that help stretch and strengthen the feet. Some of these features include:

  • Rocker bottom sole
  • Appropriate arch support
  • Compressible inner heel
  • Non-compressible outer heel
  • Firm structure

Dr. Warner intentionally included firm support, alongside a rocker bottom sole for the health of your feet. It’s a more supportive structure that absorbs impact when walking, while the rocker bottom sole provides a gentle stretch.  This structure ensures that the foot is able to work the muscles while wearing it. This is in opposition to many of the softer, compressible and engulfing type shoes on the market.

The combination compressible inner heel and non-compressible outer heel help alleviate pain at common pressure points. This allows for both comfort and strengthening simultaneously.

We are not saying that your foot will look like Arnold Schwartzenegger’s, but it should allow you to make some strength gains.  

So, if you’re a sandal skeptic, give The Healing Sole a try. They offer the support you crave in close-toed shoes, with the added benefits of being sandals.