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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bonus Giveaway: Orthaheel Flip Flops from Fleet Feet

By Katie M

Ok, I realize the name may sound like these shoes are meant for your grandparents, but ladies let me be the first to say - these flip flops are THE BOMB!! I have never slipped my foot into a more comfortable and supportive sandal, especially one that doesn't look like an old-lady orthotic shoe.

When Smarty Sponsor Fleet Feet of Winston-Salem approached us to give away TWO pairs of these shoes (for men OR women), I was so excited because I have known about Orthaheel flip flops for a while. You see, I literally cannot wear flat flip flops for more than an hour or so. This is due to a number of reasons: the shape of my feet (high arches), complications from plantar faciitis (thanks to running), and age, unfortunately. My choices in the flip flop category are either cute or uncomfortable. Until I found out about Orthaheel! These flops are stylish, built to last, and come in a variety of colors. Hurrah!

So, if you are an active runner, walker, or just someone who spends a lot of time on your feet (and what mom doesn't), then keep reading to find out how you can be one of two winners for the Orthaheel flip flops (which retail for more than $50 a pair.)

You don't need to be suffering from foot pain to enjoy these flip flops. But as moms, we are constantly on the go. And oftentimes we are barefoot on hard, flat and unyielding surfaces (the pool, the beach, in our house, etc). Without the proper footwear we can start to damage our feet. And these hard surfaces can force our feet to pronate (roll over) to gain ground contact, which flattens the arches and can disrupt normal knee function and hip alignment and increase pressure on our lower backs. Yikes! Before we know it, we'll all be bumping around the playground with hunchbacks and walkers - ha!

Not only are these flip flops accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, but clinical research also supports Orthaheel's success in restoring the foot's natural (neutral) alignment, enabling the feet, ankles and legs to function as they were intended. In other words, slip these babies on your feet and you'll feel like you're walking on Cloud Nine, literally.

We also featured these shoes as part of our Fox 8 News segment "Must Haves for Summer" the other week.

To register to win a pair of Orthaheel flip flops, click here. You must be a Triad Smarty Pants newsletter subscriber to be eligible to win. This promotion ends Friday, June 25 and we'll announce the winners shortly afterwards - just in time for you to sport these sandals at the pool!

And if you like this product, you will love what's in store at Fleet Feet. Fleet Feet has everything the walker, runner or triathlete would need to succeed. From fitness and triathlon gear, to nutrition and electronics (gels, powders, Timex watches, heart rate monitors, and Garmin GPS devices). They also offer a variety of training programs (targeting 5k, 10k, half and full marathons plus speed series and triathlons) for athletes at any stage - beginners or experts. But perhaps the best part of the store is its people.

Not only are owners Keith and Emily Davis incredibly nice and down-to-earth, their staff consists of highly qualified (and friendly!) shoe fit experts. No one ever makes you feel uncomfortable or intimidated; they are there to genuinely help you. Please visit them at 1204-A Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. Store hours are M-F from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sat from 10 am to 5 pm. You can also follow them on Facebook and with their blog.

Good luck with this giveaway, Smarties!

*Lots of information courtesy of


Stephanie said...

I like these! Pick me, pick me!

The Hoover Family said...

These are cute and I would love them. My feet haven't seen flip flops in a long time due to a running injury too.

Summer said...

Okay I am totally entering another TSP giveaway... here's a hint guys, I really like winning.

Whitney said...

I have been wanting a pair of these ever since they arrived at Fleet Feet! I hope I win!

Naomi said...

So funny! I was just on Fleet Feet's website last night. I need a new pair of running shoes!

Even if I don't win the flips (which I really want to - have the same problems from running), I'll be visiting their store soon.

RLR said...

I was just thinking of heading over this week for a pair! I have foot problems, too, and I'm not even a runner (yet... but I'm planning on the next 5K training!).

Leslie Morgan said...

I have never heard of these flip-flops, so thank you for the good lead! I live in flip-flops, but definitely would appreciate a healthier, more supportive approach to wearing them. What a great idea from Fleet Feet - Keith & Emily Davis are THE BEST!

Sara said...

Just entered - hope I win! Have an off-on foot injury from too much time in the gym & muscle spasms that come & go. And, I live in flip-flops so these would help while still looking stylish. :)

Sara said...

Love these - hope I win! :)

dollyhartman said...

I really want these! I am going to physical therapy for back and hip pain and need to run after my 2 grand daughters!

dollyhartman said...

I really would love these!

abby's mom said...

I also share the plantar fascitis ailment. I have purchased the Montrails from Fleet feet, but these look great!!

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