Finding the ideal travel shoe is a tall order. Usually you do more walking than at home yet you might want to look more stylish than throwing on your battered hiking boots. And if you have any issues like blisters or bunions it can be even more challenging. Arcopedico shoes can solve most of these problems.
Arcopedico shoes are designed specifically to offer comfort and support. They differ from other shoes in a number of ways. The upper is made of a flexible and durable Techno-elastic material. Tests are conducted to make sure the volumetric density allows for blood circulation. Heel stability and support for the metatarsals, the long bones of the mid-foot, are provided by an anatomic footbed. The total weight of the body resting on the foot is distributed across the entire surface of the shoe, not just on a few points. The result is a comfortable shoe that doesn’t chafe and provides excellent overall support without pinching.
I tested a review sample of the Arcopedico Leta this summer at home and on a two week trip to the Northwest. I walked miles pacing the pier the America’s Cup in San Francisco, walking around the waterfront in Seattle, strolling in downtown Vancouver and doing some light hiking on Vancouver Island. At six ounces I found the shoes to be very lightweight which is a bonus for packing compared to my heavy sneakers and hiking boots. My Merrill Moab Ventilators weigh 15 ounces by comparison. I have the beginnings of a tailor’s bunion and found that the pliable Lytech® upper was exceedingly comfortable and breathable while the arch system offered good support. The light tread on the rubber bottom was adequate for urban walking and light hiking. After portaging our canoe around 12 lakes during a week of rain I developed blisters from my water shoes. At the conclusion of the trip I was so happy to get to the car where I could slip my Letas on. My hiking boots put too much pressure on my sore feet but the Letas enveloped my feet gently and allowed me to walk with comfort for the rest of the trip.
I was so tempted to get the Arcopedico Letas in the fun red color but my practical nature won out and I got black because it goes with everything. It’s reasonably stylish and doesn’t look like an orthopedic shoe. There are many different Arcopedico styles ranging from Mary Janes to sandals to boots. The reviews on Zappos are very positive from those who have a hard time finding comfortable shoes, have bunions or are looking for a good travel shoe. Some of the complaints involve sizing as the European sizes must be converted to U.S. sizes. I usually wear a 9 but I went one half size up and got a size 40, which converts to a 9.5—they fit perfectly. Luckily shipping is free in both directions on Zappos so shoes can be exchanged easily for another size if it’s not quite right the first time. The LS Shocks are Arcopedico’s top selling shoe with a stretchy fabric-looking, sock-like upper that comes in an array of wild colors including fuchsia and orange.
I highly recommend the Arcopedico brand in general, and the Leta specifically, if you’re looking for a comfortable travel shoe that looks good.