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Stylish and comfortable shoes from Vionic

You'd never know that Vionic's shoes and sandals have orthotic technology just by looking at them, but your feet will certainly feel the difference. This is the Bryson Casual Lace-Up ($89.95).
You'd never know that Vionic's shoes and sandals have orthotic technology just by looking at them, but your feet will certainly feel the difference. This is the Bryson Casual Lace-Up ($89.95).

There are lots of words that people use to describe their favorite shoes: comfortable, stylish, cool, versatile...the list goes on. But there are two words that might be missing from your footwear vocabulary: Vionic and orthotic.

Vionic's Orthaheel technology is something you might want to make sure your next pair of shoes has.

Vionic has released a new line of performance-technology enhanced footwear has a number of styles under $100, making them a great Father's Day gift idea and affordable enough to even add a pair to your own wardrobe.

The new Vionic with Orthaheel Technology collection caters to the competitor within every man, providing unparalleled technology to move him forward one step at a time. The handsome craftsmanship of the Vionic men’s footwear line is balanced with renowned medical heritage that has shaped the trusted Orthaheel technology. Created by Australian sports podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli, each pair of Vionic shoes conceals within its footbed a breakthrough orthotic technology proven to help reduce over-pronation, which can relieve associated pain and increase functionality and performance in every step. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology sandals and shoes have the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

Vionic recently sent over a pair of the Bryson casual lace-up to experience it first hand--or first foot--and for someone who would have never thought of entertaining the idea of wearing a shoe marketed as being an orthotic, these shoes made me rethink my footwear prejudices.

When I put them on the first time, they were a bit stiff as many shoes are but otherwise just felt really comfortable. I wore them for four days straight walking around downtown and was quite impressed by them. From a feel perspective, it's hard to say they felt anything that would make me think orthotic, until I realized I had been wearing them all day long and with probably three miles of walking, and my feet felt fresh and almost peppy.

The secret comes from what the company calls First Ray Technology, which assists forefoot mobility and gait efficiency, as well as the lightweight, flexible dual density EVA footbed that absorbs shock, thus reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees.

The Vionic Bryson also impresses from a style perspective; while they are casual, they could work with a casual Friday outfit to most weekend outfits and are a huge improvement over the all-white sneakers that have become all too common on guys' feet. The textile uppers were easy to clean and keep looking like they had just come out of the box.

But it's not just about shoes for daily wear, as one of Vionic's other core lines focuses on recovery after sports or other intensive activities that take a toll on feet. Vionic’s active recovery sandals offer sports podiatrist-designed support to help ease feet and legs. Bio-mechanically contoured, motion control footbed made from dual-density EVA for stability in the rear foot and cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

The full collection from Vionic also includes sandals for beach and casual wear, dress shoes for the office and orthotic inserts that you can slip inside your existing shoes. There's also a collection for women as well.

The collection ranges in price from $59.95 to $249.95 and is available online at, as well as, Dillards and select retail shoe stores across North America.

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