Stylish and Sensible: A Summer Shoe Guide for MS!

Donna Sullivan
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Donna Sullivan

Of all of the cruel blows that MS can deliver, the impact on a girl’s sense of style and sexy is one challenge that is often most unexpected.

Shoes can make or break the outfit, right? It is nice to feel taller, but at what price? No matter how fab you might look, there is nothing glamorous about stumbling in public. So if you don’t want to flip (or flop!) in front of others, you may need to release your inner Carrie Bradshaw, and get a bit more, well, um…. practical in your footwear choices. But don’t jump into those granny shoes just yet! There are so many great shoe trends that you CAN take advantage of this season that will keep you looking hip and fashionable all summer long.

All Hail The Gladiator!

Last year’s gladiator sandals are still popular this season, and are a great staple to dress up or dress down any outfit. Clearly the Ancient Greeks and Romans knew a lot about function and fashion as the popular strappy T shape sandal is still on trend.

Wear them high or low, basic leather or sexy metallic, the straps help secure the shoe around your ankle and won’t move when you walk.

Flat sling backs and other sandals that have a strap around the heel are also good examples of shoes that will not slide. If fastening the straps is becoming a problem, look for shoes with laces or even Velcro. Cork bottom hippy sandals or Birkenstocks are back in. They can be comfortably secured depending on the style you choose.

Trainers Year Round!

From bold patterns, bright colors, and ornamental sliders to animal print or solids, EVERYONE is wearing trainers these days. There are so many styles at all price points! Waterproof shoes and athletic sneakers are a practical, chic and an awesome summer trend that is definitely MS-friendly.

Think patterns and colors too! Orange has been declared the new black and bold candy colors are a great way to make any outfit pop. Color blocks metallic, plates and snakeskin are being used on all styles of shoes and can be an interesting element to enhance your look.

Basic Biomechanics

When looking for shoes, keep in mind that the physical characteristics of the shoe will impact your balance, posture and how you will walk. The ideal shoe has some flexibility in the toe box, but doesn’t bend too much, or move when you take a step. Look for good arch support, lower heels and decent traction. Chunky heels will help distribute your weight more evenly, but platforms, flat forms and wedges will actually work against you because they throw off your natural walking gait. (Sorry!)

Everyone has different needs when it comes to shoes. What works for some people, may not work for others. Flip Flops, Kitten heels, or even ballerina flats are a great example of styles that may not work for everyone. The most important way to tell if a shoe is right for you, is how you feel in it, so break in your shoes at home before wearing them out.

What are your favourite shoes to sport in the summer? Share with us on our Facebook page.

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