Spenco footwear revisited: A 2015 update and review of some great foot support products

Spenco-Logo Run Oregon bloggers received some product samples from Spenco® Footwear in 2014 - 1 male pair of sandals, one female pair of sandals, and a pair of insoles. Read here for our review of their products.  The name Spenco Medical may not exactly be one that springs to mind when you think about arch support and footwear. At first, it probably sounds more like a hospital supply company than it does footwear. But if you don't take the time to check out it, you may be doing your feet a disservice. First, a little company background information: Company:

All Spenco Footwear is based on the design of our highly successful insoles and incorporates a cushioned heel, deep heel cupping, orthotic arch support, metatarsal dome, and a cushioned forefoot. Drawing on over 45 years of insole design and manufacture, combined with the best medically-driven research and development, each of these bio-mechanical attributes have been carefully designed and engineered to provide "Full Contact Comfort™" to the widest possible cross-section of foot types and shapes. 

Mens Yumi Sandal by Spenco (in Olive)

Mens Yumi Sandal by Spenco (in Olive)

In 2014, I received a pair of the Men’s Yumi Cork Sandal ($59.99), and instantly fell in love with it – more than I ever really anticipated. Here are some highlights from my review:

At first glance, these are very stylish sandals. They don’t look the least bit funky or “orthotic” – they just look awesome…When slipping them on, I was I was immediately hooked and surprised just how well the cork base offered comfort and flexibility, yet still provided sturdy the proper support.

I LOVE THESE SANDALS (say it with a Tom Cruise voice for full effect). I literally crave coming home, peeling off my work shoes and slipping these on to go play with the kids in the backyard. I don’t know the full science behind arch support, but these sandals appear to have it down!

Obviously, my experience with the Yumi Sandals was second to none! They remained a staple in my summer and warm autumn wardrobe (as well as my pre- and post-race item of choice), and I know they will make an even grander appearance once the weather starts heating up again and it become sandal weather. They have held up amazingly well, with only (expected) light wear on the bottom. The top of the sandals looks just like I pulled it out of the box. I just got a new pair of Yumi Sandals in Dark Navy, and am pumped that I have a few pairs to switch in and out now.

But something else has come my way recently, and I am, once again, excited to share my very positive experience.

Men’s Siesta Slide- $69.99:

The Siesta Slide is a slide on sandal that has well-stitched canvas on the top and the same great cork contour inside. Here are some of the details about the Slide:

  • Compression molded EVA footbed
  • Spenco’s proven TOTAL SUPPORT® contour
  • Deep Heel Cupping
  • Orthotic-grade arch support
  • Metatarsal dome
  • Cushioned forefoot
  • Lightweight, two-part outsole
  • Zero-drop heel lift for maximum comfort
  • Non-slip, non-marking outsole
  • Ultra-Fresh® Antimicrobial controls odor

And just like that, this is again one of my favorite pairs of footwear I own. The “loafer” is a classic style of shoe that every male should have a pair of. The ease and comfort of the slip-on shoe makes it a popular wardrobe item from as far back as the mid-1800’s. While they have progressed over time, the Siesta Slide takes it a step further – taking that ease and comfort and adding arch support to keep the feet of some of us runners pain-free. The stitching and construction in the Slide is top-notch, and doesn’t appear that there will be any issue with keeping it going strong for years. The cork insole is replaceable (as necessary), so you could do a deep clean or incorporate a new one if you so desired.

The actual look of the Slide is (I guess) what I would like to call “business athlete”. It’s basically a step-up from the casual sandal that many runners and athletes would roll up in to an event, beach, or summer gathering. However, it doesn’t go over the top classy, and it’s an easy transition shoe that can see action in variety of different areas. Since I have received a pair, I have used them post-run, taking the garbage out, quick trip to the store, and even to work on Casual Friday (where no one was the wiser).

Spenco has a new line of Spring 2015 Footwear coming up soon for both men and women, and it has a bunch of different styles and colors to incorporate into your wardrobe. As a runner, you will be keeping your feet supported. As a person, you will have a stylish new pair of kicks to accommodate whatever Spring or Summer outfit you are going for. Truly, that is a winning combination.

About Matt Rasmussen (1569 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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