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Last updated: 12/10/2023


by James McCormack

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James McCormack – Lower Limb Specialist with over 10 years of experience treating and helping patients with Knee, Foot and Ankle injuries. James specialises in footwear and orthotics prescription, and alongside the content he produces on this website, he has a London-based clinic. 

Orthotics can be obtrusive and difficult to fit into most types of shoes. We are specialists in the creation of custom orthotics and in this article we will provide you with a list of shoes for orthotics that we recommend to our patients. 

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Earnings from this are used to create free-to-read content.

Best Shoes for Orthotics 

The best shoes for orthotics should be a neutral shoe with a low heel drop and a semi-rigid sole that has a degree of cushioning. 

Hoka Shoes for Orthotics

We recommend the Hoka Clifton 8 Shoes for orthotics due to their neutral sole, 5mm heel drop and EVA Foam support.

The neutral bed allows for the orthotics to sit on a flatbed in the shoe, while the 5mm drop reduces the risk of excess force on the forefoot.

The EVA foam is a lightweight but firm form of support to help stabilise the orthotic inside the shoe.

Hoka shoes come in a variety of widths allowing them to accommodate any size of an orthotic.

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New Balance Shoes for Orthotics

We recommend the New Balance 1080 V12  for orthotics due to their neutral sole, 8mm heel drop and fresh foam X midsole.

The neutral sole combined with fresh foam X midsole provides a flat and stable environment to base your orthotics in, without compromising the mechanics of the orthotics.

The 8mm heel drop is greater than the Hoka Clifton 8 but sufficiently low to have minimal impact on the forefoot.

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Skechers Shoes for Orthotics

We recommend the Skechers GOrun MaxRoad 5 Shoes for orthotics due to their neutral sole, carbon-infused H Plate and 6mm heel drop.

The neutral sole and carbon-infused H Plate alongside the M Strike technology facilitates a normal push-off while providing a stable base for your orthotics.

The 6mm heel drop sits between the New Balance and the Hoka.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments

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