By Kirsten Borrink
FitFlop has come a long way from the sporty albeit utilitarian Walkstar style of 2007. The Frou provides the same cushioned support as the originals, but is topped off with a conspicuously cute gathering of suede ruffles.
While researching online reviews, I took some bulleted notes on the fit and feel of the FitFlop Frou. These observations will hopefully help you decide whether this specific style will work for your feet.
- Narrower footbed than the Walkstar and other styles, yet not necessarily a narrow-width shoe. FitFlops generally run wide.
- Best for high volume foot, meaning a “tall” foot (think vertical rise or “thickness” of foot from top to bottom). The strap runs high and slightly wide.
- Good for high-instep feet.
- Good for flat feet since cushioned support forms to foot instead of pushing up into the arch uncomfortably.
- Runs shorter than other FitFlop styles, so order up if between sizes.
Initially FitFlops were marketed as toning shoes (remember all the fuss about MBT, Skechers Shape-Ups and other footwear with seemingly magical properties to tone and tighten the legs and glutes?) Sounds gimmicky, but their Microwobbleboard™ insoles are the reason behind the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance. The benefits of walking on Microwobbleboard™ midsoles? Shock-absorption, relief of joint stress, increased lower leg muscle activation, and reduced pressure on toes. In fact, many customer reviews mention relief from plantar fasciitis pain.
Do you own a pair of FitFlops? Do they help relieve your foot problems? Have you found a style that works for you?