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Are Classics Like Vans & Keds Good For Feet?

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Vans, Keds Champion Originals and the Italian Superga 2750 with canvas / fabric uppers  were all developed in the early 1900s. It is so cool that all continue to be relevant and stylish throughout the last and current century. Simple many times is best.

They all have a place in my heart and in my shoe closet, but are they good for feet?  Both yes & no!

Chucks, Keds & Superga all feature vulcanized rubber soles which protect from pavement temperature changes. All either have soft pliable canvas, fabric, or leather that easily accommodates foot deformities & problems like bunions and hammertoes. The simpleness of the shoe styling feels like a stable friend and the easy lace up control provides a nice hug for our feet.

As a podiatrist, I have to say many people swear by these shoes for a lifetime of pain free feet. I more importantly say, many foot problems are caused by overuse on an unstable foundation. If your body mechanics aren’t perfect, including tight or weak muscles & joints, a simple non supportive shoe can result in many foot problems including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and neuromas. The classics are a much better choice (providing protection & some shock absorption) than a non supportive dress shoe, sandal or flip flop. Good news is that by adding an orthotic insert to the shoe, it is pretty simple to make them great for our feet.

My pick for an over the counter arch support is Superfeet. Here is the Superfeet affiliate shopping link / website:

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What are your thoughts?

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