Strive Footwear | Supportive sandals review

Strive Footwear Shoes are my topic today, specifically Strive Footwear. This is a UK brand that specialises in supportive footwear for people with pronation and other foot  problems.

I came across the Strive range while researching orthotics. They are stocked by a few shops around Dublin and are available from online stockists. I tried on a couple of styles before settling on the Lombok II which I bought in Vienna Shoes in Blackrock.

Strive Footwear Style and Sizing

My usual size is 39 or a UK 6. I purchased a UK 6 in the Strive Range.  This is marked 39.5.  It’s perhaps a tiny fraction too big but, having tried a size down, I decided to stick with the larger size.

The Lombok II is a two-bar slip on sandal. It has elastic at the instep which is helpful if you have a high arch. It’s just a tiny insert of elastic but gives enough stretch to make a difference.

The Lombok II style has a comfortable footbed. It supports the arch of your foot and cups your heel so that your foot doesn’t slide around. These are the first sandals I’ve owned that I find more comfortable than bare feet. That’s really saying something! I wore them all summer and found them well made, supportive, hard-wearing and attractive.

With Autumn in the air, I’m now planning to try a pair of Strive Footwear trainers which might be good for winter walks. I’m also thinking about picking up a pair of Strive insoles so as to benefit from the support in other shoes. At €35, they will be a considered purchase but good insoles can make a big difference when you have pronation problems.

Compared to the Earth Spirit sandals that I blogged about a while ago, I think that the Strive sandals are a much better long term bet both for my feet and for my wallet.

Author: IzzyMuses

Izzy Muses is an Irish blogger focusing on beauty and skincare, fashion, health, and women's issues topics of interest to women aged over 50. Readers enjoy her light humour and gentle take on life.