MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Select Sandals

When shopping for sandals, Dan Michaels, DPM says the first thing to assess is whether they have adequate room for your toes. “If the sandals have a closed toe box, it is important that the toes are not cramped, especially if one has hammertoes.” He also recommends, whenever possible, to purchase sandals with an ankle strap. “Ankle straps add stability to help prevent injuries, such as ankle sprains,” he says.
Dr. Michaels recommends sandals from brands like New Balance, Orthofeet, Teva, and Mephisto, since they can often comfortably accommodate wide feet. Just note-the one sandal to stay away from? Flip-flops. “They usually offer a lack of stability and can irritate feet,” says Michaels.