After years of wearing flimsy flip flops religiously every summer, it happened… the warnings heeded to me by my elders – “you’re going to ruin your feet in those things” – had come true! I went from a normal functioning young adult to feeling like I was 100 years old in a matter of days. Heck, when this all happened my grandpa actually was 100 years old and could walk better and farther than me!
Out of no where, my feet ached, particularly my left foot. I could hardly walk, simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning to walk to the washroom were a nightmare. I would ask my boyfriend to drop me off at the front door of places like the grocery store while he went to park the car. And no matter how much I tried to explain my pain to people, they all thought I was just being lazy. No one understood accept those that had gone through it before. I felt like I had been completely debilitated.
After months of dealing with the pain I gave up on thinking it would go away on it’s own and went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis – I had never hear of this before. After doing tons of research and learning about this condition, I came to find SO many people suffer from this aliment at some point in their life and that thankfully there was hope. Most people reported that it goes away, but the down side was that it can take a long time to heal – in some cases years. From that day on I was on a mission to fix my foot – buying every gadget and device to cure it. I even did something I never thought I would do… I got orthotics. Although, I never found much relief from using them.
Come the next summer, I was in complete and utter limbo when I realized.. I COUND’T WEAR FLIP FLOPS! What was I going to do?! How was I going to achieve my easy breezy boho chic style that Summer? Orthotics and flip flops obviously do not go together, so I started researching. I found many shoe brands that had orthotic technology built into them but they were all lacking when it came to the subject of style. Let’s face it, the targeted customer for orthotic shoes seems to be a somewhat older demographic who apparently do not care much for style.
After days of searching I came across a stylish looking orthotic shoe brand called Vionic – and guess what, they actually had flip flops and sandals with what looked to offer amazing arch support AND were cute! Now I won’t lie, I was a little hesitant to go from spending $5 – $10 for a pair of flip flops to $80 – but desperate times called and I decided to splurge. And thank the good lord above that I did as it ended up being the best $80 I’ve ever spent!The first Tide by Vionic Sandal that I purchased.
When my Vionic Tide Sandals arrived I still had pain in my foot, and as soon as I put them on I felt an immediate sense of relief. I wore them all Summer long and ended up buying them in just about every colour that they came in at the time. I would wear them day and night and I swear they are the reason the pain in my foot subsided after almost 2 unbearable years of living with it! And I kid you not, to this day, even in the winter, I religiously wear my Vionic Tide Sandals around the house. My original black pair is still alive and kicking 4 years later (seen in the group shot above) – definitely worth the original $80 I spent on them!
Recently, I have been lucky enough to work with Vionic to share my story and try some new styles of Vionic shoes and I am in love with all of them! I had yet to try a more dressy style from Vionic so I requested the Solana Heeled Sandal and I was very impressed with their look, quality and their comfort level – see below.Me wearing my new Solana Heeled Sandals Solana Heeled Sandals by Vionic
I was also excited to see that they had created a platformed version of my original and favourite Vionic! The Vionic Tide Sandal now comes in the High Tide Platform – so naturally I just had to have them! The thicker sole gives them a slightly more dressy flip-flop vibe.Me wearing my new High Tide Sandals by Vionic
High Tide Platform Sandal by Vionic
And lastly, one of my new favourites that saved me on three back-to-back excursions that meant six crazy adventures running through airports all over North America, are my new Kea Slip-On Sneakers. Honestly, if it wasn’t for them I may have missed a flight or two – they kept my feet in check while racing through the airport!Kea Slip-On Sneaker by Vionic
This is an honest and true review of Vionic Shoes, it is a brand I believe in and I have been wanting to share my story about them with you all for awhile. If you suffer from foot pain, which I have come to discover so many people do, then I highly recommend that you check them out! Or just start wearing them not to prevent what happened to me from ever happening to you!