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There’s a reason Skechers are a Yahoo reader fave — they’re synonymous with comfort, durability and affordability. So naturally, when the beloved brand partnered with Amazon for an exclusive line, we were all ears.
The Amazon-Skechers line, called Concept 3, is comprised entirely of sneakers, and each style rings in at under $50. It’s also podiatrist-approved.
“The Concept 3 line offers comfortable options for walking shoes,” Dr. Nelya Lobkova, DPM at Step Up Surgical Podiatry in New York City, shares with Yahoo Life. “All sneakers have a rubber-type sole with cushioning.”
To Dr. Lobkova, cushioning is crucial. “We lose much of the fat pad that provides natural cushioning as we age,” she says. And a firm heel counter, which many of these sneakers have, will “aid in proper alignment of the foot.”
And if you have specific foot issues, take note: “All the pairs in the line have a memory foam insole, which accommodates multiple bony deformities, including bunions, heel spurs and metatarsalgia [when the ball of your foot becomes inflamed], as well as fat-pad atrophy,” Dr. Lobkova adds.
Shop the full line here, and check out Dr. Lobkova’s picks below:
A soft suede upper and shiny metallic panel gives these platform sneakers a stylish flourish—but they’re not all about aesthetics. This shoe “has a 1.5 inch heel, which minimizes stress on the Achilles tendon,” says Dr. Lobkova.
Chunky ‘dad’ sneakers aren’t just cool and trendy — they’re a great scoop for those in need of extra cushioning and support.
This sneaker “shows a higher amount of cushioning due to its ‘sawtooth outsole’ and 1.5-inch heel,” Dr. Lobkova says. And we love how the metallic detailing lends a fashion-forward touch to the monotone style.
If you suffer from bony foot deformities — think bunions and metatarsalgia — consider this comfy slip-on style.
“Bunions and metatarsalgia [bony deformities] need a soft or mesh upper to accommodate a wide forefoot,” Dr. Lobkova explains. “The Alexxi Fashion and Made Pretty Mesh [see below] qualify.”
Like the Alexxi, Dr. Lobkova recommends these kicks, which have a memory foam insole, for bunions and bony deformities like metatarsalgia (a condition where the ball of your foot becomes inflamed).
These stylish sneakers have more than just good looks. According to Dr. Lobkova, they’re a great choice for those on their feet all day, like nurses and teachers.
“When standing for a prolonged period of time, it’s important to have a rigid midsole and a firm heel counter for stability,” the podiatrist explains. You want “the back of the foot slightly more elevated than the ball of the foot—this places the foot in a more neutral position as well as takes tension off of the Achilles tendon, which is important when you’re on your feet all day.”
“The Top it Off [see above] and Surprise Hit Lace-ups both have this gradient for added stability,” she adds. “In addition, the Surprise Hit Lace-Ups have the most amount of traction on the outsoles, which is beneficial in settings that may have fluid spills on the floor.” Think doctor’s offices and hospitals.
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