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.