Sandals, flip-flops … thongs? whatever you call them! As you would with all other footwear, it’s important to consider not just how nice they look, but what activities you’re going to use them for, and your foot type. Here are some smart features to look for the next time you’re out sandal shopping. Proper arch support can improve your foot position – which, in turn, can help improve your overall posture. This is great for preventing and even treating issues related to your feet and lower limbs, such as plantar fasciitis, neuromas, and just sore feet. A heel cup is like a container that holds your heel in place and supports it from all sides. This may seem counterintuitive, but a deep heel cup actually helps buffer the fat pads on your heels and helps to distribute the impact while you’re walking. Also known as ‘met pads’, these help support and spread out the transverse arch, which runs across the width of your forefoot. Met pads help prevent forefoot pain and neuromas stemming from pinched nerves in between your metatarsal joints. If you wear custom orthotics, look for sandals with a removable footbed. You should also be able to get a custom top cover that matches the material of your sandals. If you have wide feet, high arches, or bunions, look for a pair of sandals with adjustable closures. With these, you’ll be able to customize the fit and avoid pressure points. If you have any other questions about finding the right pair of sandals, talk to a Kintec fitting expert today!