Mules and Slides…Love or Hate Them?

Summertime weather has us jumping out of our laced-up boots and brogues and into our mules and slides which are lighter and more breathable, but are they doing you more harm than good?

During the colder weather our shoes generally have more fastenings (laces, buckles, velcro), are usually sturdier with a stiffer sole and usually have a closed in back (heel counter). These features keep our feet well positioned within the shoe leading to less friction, less clawing of the toes and better comfort as our feet are not overworking to stay within the shoe.

Mules and slides are a trend of fashion that become more prevalent in summer however these types of shoes lack a heel counter or backing to the shoe making your heel slip and slide around the sole. This can lead to dry, cracked heels that can often become very painful over time.

With most mules and slides, we tend to cram our toes into the front of the shoe to make a “tighter fit” so that our feet don’t slide out of them. This can lead to clawing of the toes due to being squashed or because they are holding on for dear life! Those dreaded corns on the top of our toes or on the outside of our little toes reoccur due to moisture and friction which eventually lead us to only being able to wear thongs!

“But my feet get too hot in closed shoes in summer”…we hear you! There is still a better solution than getting around in mules and slides all of the time, our friends at Bared and Frankie4footwear have fantastic summer options which incorporate all of the features that we as podiatrists love as well as being stylish and conducive to the temperature.

If you’re concerned about your choice of shoes this summer don’t hesitate to call us on 8468 2411 or make a booking online.

Yours in keeping people healthy, happy and comfortable

The team at the Whittlesea Foot & Ankle Clinic