A little bit of history:
I've been suffering from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs on both the plantar tendon side of my heel as well as the Achilles tendon side, and Achilles tendonitis in both legs for about 6 years. Over time, with the use of really good sneakers that are specifically for plantar fasciitis, my planter tendons have healed. The bone spurs are still painful and the Achilles tendons are still tight and shortened. I wanted a great slipper to put on rather than having to wear a second set of sneakers in the house or even at work.
This slipper is warm, not stylish but that doesn’t matter to me. It fit true to the size in both length and width. But this is where the positives end.
I couldn’t walk in them for even 2 minutes. I was baffled as to why they were so hard and painful so I took them apart (slightly) to see what was going on. Here’s what I found:
1. Falsehood #1: Their orthopedic insert is specially designed and excellent
This is 100% false. I’ve taken pictures to compare with a store-brand plantar fasciitis insole (taking care to cover up the name). In the first picture I laid them on top of each other (Orthofeet on the bottom) and you can see that the thickness of the ball of the insert is identical. Orthofeet brand does have holes in the foam that make it slightly squishier, but the consistency is very similar.
In the second picture, I show you the heel of both insoles. The padding is identical “squishiness” and texture, and almost identical shape, size and location. Finally, I compared the arch support. In this third picture you can see that the arch supports are almost identical in thickness—though admittedly here the Orthofeet product is slightly more dense to the touch.
As a final test, I took the Orthofeet insoles and put them inside my cheapo slippers that I previously had the store-brought brand insoles in. They feel almost identical.
In truth, BOTH insoles are lacking in the actual support a plantar tendon needs. I know this because of wearing specifically designed running shoes for plantar fasciitis from an orthopedic surgeon. The arch support you receive in this type of sneaker is unparalleled to the insole support, which would have to be twice as dense and at least 50% higher (by my estimation).
So—simply putting a slip-in insole, which would cost about $15 in a grocery store, is not worth the cost or wait of this shoe.
So, what about the rest of the shoe? Maybe that’s where the real design is…
2. Falsehood #2: The slipper itself is an orthopedic shoe designed for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, etc.
The shoe itself is hard as a rock and flat as wood. In the fourth picture I show you the outside of the shoe—the insole side. In this picture is APPEARS as though the shoe would have insole support based on the rubber design. In the fifth picture, I show you the hard rubber bottom. This rubber bottom is kind of nice, dense but slightly pliable. If I were judging based solely on picture (which I did to purchase here on Amazon), I would think this slipper is ideal.
Here’s the falsehood.
Neither of these pictures shows you the real, yet hidden, design of the shoe itself. If you remove the inserted insole, the shoe is flat and really, really hard. As though you are literally walking on wood. In the short video, I took a moment to knock on this part of the shoe so you could HEAR how hard it is. (sorry for the weird position between my knees, I was trying to make sure the shoe itself was suspended so the bottom didn’t knock on anything—took me a minute to be able to video that). Finally, in the sixth picture I show you how FLAT it is as well. If I weren’t trying to get my money back, I’d cut these open to see what the heck they manufactured it with that could be so hard. Maybe it is wood!
When you take an insole and put it into a cheap sneaker or a cheap store-bought slipper, at least you have SOME actual cushioning from the shoe itself and a mild amount of support from the insole. In the Orthofeet slipper, you have this rock-hard shoe with a passable insole.
The combination of these two things makes the shoe unwearable for someone with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Based on this experience, I would recommend not purchasing this slipper and I’m definitely returning them immediately.