Customized Sandals

Orthotics Can Actually Go In Your Sandals!

A lot of people do not realize that their custom orthotics can actually be put in a sandal. These unique sandals come from companies like Naot, Wolky, Portofino, Revere and Cambrian... not necessarily household names... but they are sold right alongside New Balance and Asics, helping to providing a nice orthotic alternative for this time of year.

Not all custom inserts fit seamlessly into a given sandal. Sometimes the removable footbed needs to be cut and trimmed in order to make the combination work. It's a bit of an art and takes some experience to properly match a custom insert to a desired style of sandal.

Whether it's a sport sandal or one to go with a dress, there are a myriad of choices in colours and styles to suit any situation .

Our staff are well-equipped to customize your fitting for the ultimate in comfort and control. Arch molded flip flops from Sole, Oofos, Olukai and Spenco are also available at Ladysport and Fit First.

A personalized sandal can help make those long walks on a sunny summer day a real joy .

Drop by Ladysport or FitFirst.. then, hit the beach with a smile on your face .....and happy feet!!

Max shoe... Max comfort: HOKA One One

It shouldn't come as a big surprise that a shoe made for ultramarathoning .......one designed to reduce friction, maximize cushioning and all but eliminate extraneous foot ankle movement.... might just be the answer for your long walks , 12 hour shift's and painful 10 K's.

Hoka One One has all but turned the running shoe market on its head. This post barefoot shoe maxes out in all areas. Extremely lightweight, it boasts a thick foam platform and maximum shock absorbancy for your walking or running.

But the key to it's success may actually be that the shoe does not bend from heel to toe and boasts a rocker platform under the toes.

Note: This is not a toning rocker shoe like Sketchers and MBT.... an experience not unlike walking around on awableboard!

The Hoka brand offers a stable and supportive fit in the hind foot yet allows the foot to transition seamlessly at toe off reducing much of the pressure on the ball of the foot and around that irritating bunion!

This feature alone has made Hoka the number one shoe choice for numerous orthopaedic issues like plantar fasciitis , calf strains , hallux limitus and most forefoot pain pathologies( metatarsslgia).

Drop by Ladysport or Fit First and check out the full line of these amazing sneakers.

How can I run longer?

As the days get longer and the temperature creeps up, we know the Spring Running season is nearly upon us! Many of us have a go-to pace, distance, and even route but at the shop we are constantly asked- how can I run longer?

Whether you want to go from 0km to 5km or 10km to 21.1km and beyond, here are a few tips to help you up mileage and avoid injury!

·         Have a plan: Avoid just lacing up your shoes and seeing how far you can run. This will cause extreme soreness and discourage you from continuing on to your running goals. Find a running program and stick to it!

·         Start slow and build slower: Build a solid running base before upping mileage. To avoid injury, each week's total distance should only get longer by a maximum of 10%.

·         Utilize the run/walk technique: When building a base running level we see the most success in runners who mix in a walk interval to their program. Start with a run/walk of 2 minutes running followed by 2 minutes walking (repeated) for 30 minutes. Once comfortable at that level begin to stretch your run interval and shorten your walk interval. Soon enough you’ll be running straight for 30 minutes!