This post is sponsored by ABEO®, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Marvelous in the Midwest possible!
ABEO® Custom Built Insoles
One thing I’ve started to really notice as I’ve gotten older is how my shoes fit. I usually wear shoes with a heel and rarely ever buy flats, so I knew I had somewhat of a high arch on both my feet. Don’t get me wrong… just because I like to wear shoes with a heel, doesn’t mean they’re always comfortable! My motto has always been “beauty kills” right? I recently was introduced to the brand ABEO®, which is sold at The Walking Company, the world’s leading specialty retailer of high-quality comfort footwear. I had the opportunity to go into the store and get a scan done on my feet to provide me with the most comfortable and well-fitting shoes. At The Walking Company, an associate utilizes state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology to determine your arch type and match your foot type to your ABEO footwear choice- they carry everything from sandals to dress shoes to athletic styles and boots. The 3-D digital scan measured my exact length, width and arch type; and from that, I found out what I (kind of) already knew… a high arch on both feet and a lot of pressure on the balls of the feet. This can be because of a combination of wearing a lot of high shoes or genetics. They also do a walking test to find out how you carry your weight and how it’s distributed when you walk, and
a balance test (which I completely failed.)
How it works
The associate I worked with at the store had me try the built-in custom orthotic in a variety of different styles, and I will say it definitely felt a little weird at first. I’m not used to having something in between my arch, but it did make my feet feel 10x more comfortable and something I could walk in all day without having pain. She told me it takes people some time to get used to having them in their shoes, but that they usually end up coming back for more as people start to realize how much they love them and how much comfort it provides! I even found that when I did the balance test standing on top of the orthotic inserts, it completely changed the way I balanced and made me feel more secure.
Boots I chose
After trying on different styles including a pair of super comfy slippers and walking shoes, I decided to go with a pair of black heeled booties for the fall/winter! I was pleasantly surprised at how cute a pair of custom orthopedic shoes could actually look. If you would have asked me before, I would imagine a pair of shoes my grandma used to wear and not a cute boot style. I love these boots because they can be dressed up or down, are under 3 inches, and are made of a combination of full grain leather and suede. The detailing is so pretty! Now that I’ve experienced the comfort in these shoes, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to flat footwear! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the spring line xoxo.