If you want a stylish pair of boot that won't hurt your feet, try the Faros boots from Vionic Shoes
Product: www.vionicshoes.co.uk Price: £100.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
I’m not one for wearing heels; since having two operations on my foot for a trapped nerve, wearing heels has always presented a challenge so I tend to opt for flat, ‘sensible’ footwear so as not to aggravate it.
But not wearing heels means you sometimes miss out on pretty shoes and boots – especially on special occasions or when you’re going on a night out.
Vionic Shoes claim to use unique orthotic technology in all their shoes, ‘aligning science and style’. They say their heels and wedges ‘provide support and comfort throughout the day’ and help with back, heel and knee pain by helping correct your balance and stability.
I tested the Faros fringed boots with suede uppers and pretty fringes, in light tan.
These boots have been treated with a protective coating to ensure they withstand the wet weather and have a removable microfibre-covered EVA orthotic insert with a cushioned heel cup, contoured arch and enhanced forefoot contour.
Apart from looking fabulously stylish with their 21/4in heel, the Faros boots felt so soft – inside and out - and I thought the heel just the right balance between height and stability. They felt stable enough for me not to worry about wobbling when I walked or about falling off them (especially as I’m not used to wearing heels).
The suede was very flexible and the boots have softly rounded toes (not pointed toes which squeeze my feet).
The information provided with them said ‘It may take some time to adjust to Vionic footwear’s built-in biomechanical orthotic. We suggest wearing these for a few hours at a time for the first few days to allow your body to adapt to the technology.’
But I decided to go all out and try them on a night out… where there would be dancing involved!
They felt incredibly comfy and I did get lots of compliments about them. I felt quite happy wearing them for the entire evening and confident dancing. The highly-cushioned insoles kept my feet supported and padded and they didn’t get overly-hot either so no sweaty, uncomfortable feet! And the sturdy heels ensured no embarrassing moments of slipping on the dance floor!
On the walk home afterwards my feet did begin to ache a bit but in fairness, I had been on them a lot as well as dancing so they did take a bit of a beating.
Sizing: They’re not available in half sizes (except 61/2) and as I am a 51/2, I had to wear a 6 so they were not perhaps as snug as they could have been.
Cost: £100 is a lot for an ankle boot. I have often paid more than £100 for good quality boots but they are usually the knee-length ones, not ankle boots. But you are paying for the orthotic quality here, too.
These are a great pair of boots; comfy, stylish and supportive and suited to general wear or something more special. Their distinctive fringing makes them stand out and the solid heels provide stability. I haven’t had them for long so can’t comment on their durability (important when you’re paying more than £100) but if you suffer from any foot problems and need a boot that will look good without compromising on comfort, these are an excellent choice.
They also have a 30-day money back guarantee* so you really can’t go wrong!
*Conditions apply. Proof of purchase required
Available in sizes 3-8 (including 61/2)
Colours: Black, Light Tan, Greige (midway between beige and grey)