As an independent footwear retailer, Easy Living Footwear caters for quite a selection of different aged feet!
We often see younger feet donning fashion-oriented heels; to our
working-middle-agers who are on their feet all day and need lots of
support. Through to our older (and we say, wiser!) ladies who come in
for comfort and stability in slippers and better fitting every day
Our General Manager, Jenny, was a guest speaker at a NSW health
programme in Gilgandra Hospital recently. A specialised range of events
for the over 65ers who were “at risk, or who have had a fall”, Jenny
spoke about the importance of well-fitted, safe and comfortable
In our stores, our staff are trained to help fit your feet and offer
advice on the best types of shoes that will suit your needs. Whilst it’s
a little harder for us to do this for our online customers, our
regulars will tell you that having this staff knowledge at your
fingertips can make all the difference for a customer with problematical
What many of us don’t realise is that there are many factors in
fitting footwear for elderly feet, not just making sure they fit! Below
are some of our top tips for choosing footwear for safety and support
for those over 65ers that need a little extra looking after!
• Firm arch supports help offer additional support and comfort
• A shoe that has good foot coverage to minimise stepping out of the shoe
• A lace up or velcro fastening for stability
• A lightweight shoe. It can be very tiring to wear a heavy shoe with a thick rubber sole for a long period of time
• Soft cushioning under the foot bed. In-store, we can add or
substitute innersoles or memory foam to add more cushioning. Especially
in the front area of the shoes, which helps cater for feet that have
lost the padding beneath the bones, making it painful to walk
• A well-fitting shoe will give enough room for the toes to be comfortable and not rubbing at the ends, or curling
• A snug heel that has a firm but comfortable grip at the heel
counter, so they are not going to step out the shoe and trip, or curl
the toes like a claw to hold onto a shoe
• Low heels for stability – if a heel is too high, there’s an added
chance of tripping and falling. A broad heel is far more stable to walk
• Non-slip and textured sole for safety
• So many women wear slippers for a long period of time each day
while at home, so choosing a supportive, correctly fitted, well soled
slipper is just as important for safety as choosing a shoe.
It’s essential that elderly feet are looked after properly to prevent
falls, but also offer superior comfort for fragile bones, and offer
continued mobility for our seniors. Sometimes what suits may not always
be the “prettiest” shoe, but is the most practical and safer option, and
that’s often more important!
Some of our preferred brands for older feet include DB Footwear, Waldlaufer, Arcopedico, Propet and Klouds
- which are often wider fitting, adjustable, accommodate orthotics,
include velcro and elastics for easy on-off fitting, and textured
comfort soles for stability and safety.
We have just released a new Comfort Plus brochure featuring a number
of our favourite recommended products this Summer. Click the images
below to see them larger. If you'd like a hard copy, just contact us!
Look after your feet!!
~ The Easy Living Team