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A treat for your feet

Mar 18, 2015 04:30PM ● By Scott Blackwell
Rigid, unyielding arch supports and similar orthotics have long been the prescription for those with aching feet and lower joints. But at least one shoe company is taking a softer approach with a line of house shoes and slippers almost too comfortable to be true.
Founded by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, the company now known as Vionic is working to integrate style with orthopedic medicine.
Our tester slipped into a pair of Maxwell Canvas Slippers. While a $90 price tag for slippers might make most consumers anything but comfortable, it’s important to note that all of Vionic’s shoes are built on the same Orthaheel Technology footbed. The 
orthotic features a deep heel cup for stability, biomechanically designed arch support and a “firm yet flexible” midsole.
Other than the shoe running a bit larger than designated size, the Maxwell is an extremely comfortable but supportive shoe. While traditional hard material orthotics sometimes required a break-in period on his flat feet (fallen arches), our tester found the Maxwells immediately comfortable. The downside of Vionic’s softer orthotic is its limited lifespan of 12-18 months compared to years for more rigid plastic varieties from other companies.
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