‘Tis the season, as they say! If you’re firmly entrenched in shopping for your loved ones, consider that staple of holiday gift-giving: a pair of slippers. Slippers are well-known as Hanukkah or Christmas gifts, and the stores are currently full of them. How do you pick a pair their feet will love?
To choose a great pair of slippers, consider these three desirable characteristics:
Slippers should be well-stitched with no obvious lumps or bumps that could make them uncomfortable. Insert your hand into each slipper and feel for anything that sticks out. Unevenness and protrusions will irritate the feet and may cause blisters or corns and calluses. Slippers should also fit well, so save your receipt in case you got the wrong size!
If the slippers feel flimsy, contain cardboard, or you can bend them in half, keep looking. A quality pair of slippers provides solid arch support.
Will the slippers provide warmth? Is the sole thick and sturdy? Some slippers can “go outside,” making a quick trip to the mailbox safe and convenient without having to change into shoes. This is a useful feature for anyone, but it’s especially helpful for the elderly.
Slippers are a thoughtful gift – and with a little extra thought, you can purchase a pair that looks good and keeps your loved one’s feet wrapped in healthy comfort. Our experienced podiatric surgeons, Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, Dr. Jim Swienconek, Dr. Rachel Robinson, and Dr. Courtney Yoder encourage you to visit the American Podiatric Medical Association website for a list of quality, APMA-approved slippers. We also offer more foot-friendly holiday gift ideas on our website.
If shoes or slippers are causing your foot problems, call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.