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Wet/Winter Footwear For AFO User

airbusA346
airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
Hi

I am trying to find footwear for wet/winter weather that is suitable for myself as a AFO user (both legs) and I have a raise on the right shoe.

Does anyone have any suggestions, because from my research there seems to be very little if anything available.

:smile:

Comments

  • niceboots
    niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Hi, I wear afos and wear hiking boots boots in winter. For very wet conditions you could try muck boots, they’re used by horsey types around stables etc, they have rubber toe areas a bit like wellies but are ankle boots with Velcro.

  • Sheilamoose
    Sheilamoose Member Posts: 17 Listener
    I have Foot Drop supports for left leg & live in Karrimor walking shoes in summer & walking boots in winter. They have amazing grip & are much cheaper than trainers! Get mine from either the Original Factory Shop or Sports Direct (other suppliers available lol)
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,868 Connected
    edited August 2019
    Hello!

    Do you have a orthopedic doc or not? They are knowledgeable when it comes to special shoes. My son has orthotic shoes as well and is seen by a orthopedic specialist as well. Alternatively take a look at this old post for ideas- https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/16756/finding-and-using-winter-boots-with-adult-afos.
    We have used this website to buy shoes in the past. 
    https://www.simplyfeet.co.uk/
    Have a look online. There are various shoe companies in the UK. 
  • airbusA346
    airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Hello!

    Do you have a orthopedic doc or not? They are knowledgeable when it comes to special shoes. My son has orthotic shoes as well and is seen by a orthopedic specialist as well. Alternatively take a look at this old post for ideas- https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/16756/finding-and-using-winter-boots-with-adult-afos.
    We have used this website to buy shoes in the past. 
    https://www.simplyfeet.co.uk/
    Have a look online. There are various shoe companies in the UK. 
    I have access to an orthotist, but they have only every added raises to trainers with the foam like soles.  They have always said any other type of shoe can not have a raise added.  If I didn't need the raise then there would be thousands of shoes/boots to choose from  :(
  • niceboots
    niceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Hi, do you mind me asking is it a big raise on your shoe? If it’s not, could orthotics add a raise to your splint instead? I have a small raise on my splint on my more affected side as that leg is slightly shorter. That would give you more choice with shoes
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,868 Connected
    Hello!

    Do you have a orthopedic doc or not? They are knowledgeable when it comes to special shoes. My son has orthotic shoes as well and is seen by a orthopedic specialist as well. Alternatively take a look at this old post for ideas- https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/16756/finding-and-using-winter-boots-with-adult-afos.
    We have used this website to buy shoes in the past. 
    https://www.simplyfeet.co.uk/
    Have a look online. There are various shoe companies in the UK. 
    I have access to an orthotist, but they have only every added raises to trainers with the foam like soles.  They have always said any other type of shoe can not have a raise added.  If I didn't need the raise then there would be thousands of shoes/boots to choose from  :(
    That is what my one said too. Now I buy my own custom insoles from this company and add themselves myself. I want fashionable trendy shoes not the boring dull ones. https://www.footbalance.com/
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,868 Connected
    niceboots said:
    Hi, do you mind me asking is it a big raise on your shoe? If it’s not, could orthotics add a raise to your splint instead? I have a small raise on my splint on my more affected side as that leg is slightly shorter. That would give you more choice with shoes
    Are you talking to me?
  • airbusA346
    airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    niceboots said:
    Hi, do you mind me asking is it a big raise on your shoe? If it’s not, could orthotics add a raise to your splint instead? I have a small raise on my splint on my more affected side as that leg is slightly shorter. That would give you more choice with shoes
    I think it is 16mm at the heal then reduces towards the toe.

    April2018mom said:
    Hello!

    Do you have a orthopedic doc or not? They are knowledgeable when it comes to special shoes. My son has orthotic shoes as well and is seen by a orthopedic specialist as well. Alternatively take a look at this old post for ideas- https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/16756/finding-and-using-winter-boots-with-adult-afos.
    We have used this website to buy shoes in the past. 
    https://www.simplyfeet.co.uk/
    Have a look online. There are various shoe companies in the UK. 
    I have access to an orthotist, but they have only every added raises to trainers with the foam like soles.  They have always said any other type of shoe can not have a raise added.  If I didn't need the raise then there would be thousands of shoes/boots to choose from  :(
    That is what my one said too. Now I buy my own custom insoles from this company and add themselves myself. I want fashionable trendy shoes not the boring dull ones. https://www.footbalance.com/
    There isn't enough room to accommodate a raise inside the shoe.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @airbusA346, I too wear AFO's and have found boots to work really well. 

    I understand this is harder when a raise needs to be added. I have had a raise put onto a brogue before, this was a much harder sole that was added.
    Scope

  • airbusA346
    airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    I spoke to one company today who said they could add raises to any walking boot etc on the market, but they want £200 per shoe.  :open_mouth::'(

    Shame they can't do wellies... so no walking through puddles for me. :'(
  • airbusA346
    airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Just thought I would update this.

    I used a company called Arden Orthotics and they added a raise to a pair of Regatta boots for me.  Cost about £30 including return delivery.

    I also used my 2 shoe NHS allowance around the same time for some trainers.  The quality of the NHS work is terrible.  Gaps in the edges where glue has missed, shaping like it's been done in the dark.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @airbusA346 and thank you for taking the time to update us. I'm sorry the quality of the NHS raise was done so poorly. How have you found walking with it?
    Scope

  • airbusA346
    airbusA346 Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Hi @airbusA346 and thank you for taking the time to update us. I'm sorry the quality of the NHS raise was done so poorly. How have you found walking with it?
    @Chloe_Scope Walking is OK in them.  It's just the quality of the work is poor.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @airbusA346, I am glad they are at least functional! Thank you for sharing the Arden Orthotics company with us and I hope the raise will help. :)
    Scope

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