Flip flops (or ‘thongs’ in Australia and jandals in New Zealand) are a popular and convenient form of footwear, especially in the warmer climates. They can be somewhat of a problem if you have a foot condition that needs some arch support. This can be easy to manage as you just get arch supports or foot orthotics for inside shoes. The problem with flip flops is that they can be used with foot orthotics.

This is where the Archie arch supporting flip flops come in. They were developed by a physiotherapist in Australia and they are proving to be very popular. The Archies flip-flop comes with a built-in arch support that is about the same height as most of the over-the-counter foot orthotics or arch supports that you can buy. Podiatrists are finding these Archies quite useful and many are selling them in their clinics as an alternative to the over-the-counter foot orthotics when a proper foot orthotic is not indicated and the footwear that the client has is not conducive to using foot orthotics. While they are not necessarily just for treating problems, they are extremely comfortable. Almost anyone who tries on a pair buys them.

The Archies come in 14 different colours and from a small adult to large adult sizes. Kids sizes are going to be available soon. They are mostly available online and from Podiatry and physiotherapy clinics.

At Croydon Total Footcare, we are the biggest stockist of Archies thongs in Melbourne.

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Writer and podiatrist in Croydon, Melbourne, Australia.