I recently wrote about the fabulous flats that are making this year’s fall fashion scene. But what I didn’t write about was what makes them, oh so, uber fabulous-aside from their obvious beauty. So, allow me to introduce you to some gorgeous shoes and I’ll show you why I LOVE them for their fabulous and limbitless appeal. (Oh, and the perspective from which I judge products for being “prosthetic-friendly” is what I have coined as “My Limbitless Thoughts”).
Criteria: Flat, Wide Heels with Pointed Toes!
For me, they have to have flat heels, meaning between a ½” to ¾” inch heel height. Why? Because most prosthetic feet come pre-made with defined heel heights to best replicate a non-prosthetic foot and gait pattern. So, when heels are too high, the physics get out of whack and I feel like I’m walking up a slope. Suffice it to say, it’s not an easy way to walk.
Why wide heels? Because when I start walking, I begin with heel strike of my prosthetic leg. So the moment when my heel hits the floor, the walking cycle begins. At heel strike, my prosthetic knee activates into its functionality which results in a foot over foot gait pattern. Thus, with a wider heel, I have a stable interface with the ground and won’t slip and slide- and no one wants to slip and slide, right?