A03 Shoe Criteria

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Each season, we determine which of the hottest, newest styles meet our AO3 Criteria. Certain key characteristics of a shoe’s structure make it able to accommodate being custom-fitted to you. As experts in footwear construction, we carefully consider the structure and mechanics of footwear according to our three main Align Orthotics, or AO3, criteria. The integrity of our footwear lies especially in how we select each model. Not all shoes are created equal.

 

SHOES THAT ARE IDEAL FOR:

AO CRITERIA 1

Reinforced Heel Counter

The strength of the shoe that surrounds your heel determines your rearfoot alignment; the stronger it is, the better. A strong heel counter not only provides a suitable foundation for the Align OrthoticTM to function in, it also provides the guidance for your calcaneus (heel bone) to sit properly, with or without an Align OrthoticTM. This feature is most important for Pes Planus and Pes Cavus foot types. It is also beneficial during extended periods of walking.


AO CRITERIA 2

Stiffened Shank

The structure of the midsole of a shoe is critical. While the foot is flexible and dynamic, the midsection of shoe should not be. A shoe with a stiff shank will aid in improved balance, provide a suitable base for your foot to function in, and minimize excessive mobility from the foot once it fatigues. This AO2 feature is important for all foot types and footwear, except when athletes are using footwear for plyometric and agility work where intrinsic foot musculature strengthening is a focus.


AO CRITERIA 3

Effective Flexpoint

The location and quality of where the shoe flexes when walking is important. It is typically located at the ball of the foot, and should not be too flexible, nor too firm. The quality and design of the flexpoint in some shoes will be more accommodating for certain individuals than it will be for others. While this feature is important for all shoe shoppers, it is extremely important for those who have foot problems such as bunions, hammer toes, etc. It is best to book an appointment and to seek the advice of an Align Certified Clinician regarding AO3 Effective Flexpoint.

A03 Shoe Criteria

ao3_criteria
Each season, we determine which of the hottest, newest styles meet our AO3 Criteria. Certain key characteristics of a shoe’s structure make it able to accommodate being custom-fitted to you. As experts in footwear construction, we carefully consider the structure and mechanics of footwear according to our three main Align Orthotics, or AO3, criteria. The integrity of our footwear lies especially in how we select each model. Not all shoes are created equal.

SHOES THAT ARE IDEAL FOR:

AO CRITERIA 1

Reinforced Heel Counter

ao3_criteria

The strength of the shoe that surrounds your heel determines your rearfoot alignment; the stronger it is, the better. A strong heel counter not only provides a suitable foundation for the Align OrthoticTM to function in, it also provides the guidance for your calcaneus (heel bone) to sit properly, with or without an Align OrthoticTM. This feature is most important for Pes Planus and Pes Cavus foot types. It is also beneficial during extended periods of walking.

AO CRITERIA 2

Stiffened Shank

ao3_criteria

The structure of the midsole of a shoe is critical. While the foot is flexible and dynamic, the midsection of shoe should not be. A shoe with a stiff shank will aid in improved balance, provide a suitable base for your foot to function in, and minimize excessive mobility from the foot once it fatigues. This AO2 feature is important for all foot types and footwear, except when athletes are using footwear for plyometric and agility work where intrinsic foot musculature strengthening is a focus.

AO CRITERIA 3

Effective Flexpoint

ao3_criteria

The location and quality of where the shoe flexes when walking is important. It is typically located at the ball of the foot, and should not be too flexible, nor too firm. The quality and design of the flexpoint in some shoes will be more accommodating for certain individuals than it will be for others. While this feature is important for all shoe shoppers, it is extremely important for those who have foot problems such as bunions, hammer toes, etc. It is best to book an appointment and to seek the advice of an Align Certified Clinician regarding AO3 Effective Flexpoint.