The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Men 2018!

The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Men 2018!

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The Best Orthopedic Shoes for Men (That Aren’t Hideous), According to Podiatrists

We’ve written about orthopedic shoes for women that actually look nice. To find out the best options for men, we spoke to Manhattan-based podiatric surgeons Jacqueline Sutera and Scott Melamed about orthopedic shoes that promote foot health without sacrificing style.

According to Melamed, the most common ailments affecting men’s feet include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, strains, and fractures. Luckily, choosing the right shoes can help protect your feet and ankles from injury. Melamed suggests that buyers consider “how much mileage and what kinds of terrain [your shoes] will see, and how much time will you be standing.” To save your feet, Sutera also recommends tossing shoes before they wear out and varying styles throughout the week to reduce wear. Below, 17 of their recommendations.

The best orthopedic dress shoes

Cole Haan Zerogrand StitchLite Oxfords

Both Melamed and Sutera recommend Cole Haan as a great option for both dressy and casual shoes that are stylish and comfortable. Melamed particularly likes the Zerogrand line, which features running-shoe-style notched rubber soles that promote flexibility. These oxfords even boast a breathable knit upper.

$180 at Macy’s
Cole Haan Warren Cap Toe Oxford

The Warren cap-toe oxford is Sutera’s choice, and it features a bit of a lift in the heel and rubber soles, which she finds “the most comfortable” and makes dressy shoes feel like sneakers.

$180 at Amazon
Florsheim Lexington Kiltie Tasseled Wing-Tip Loafer

Wearing the same style of shoe every day can take a toll on your feet. So if you’re wearing oxfords one day, switch to loafers the next, advises Sutera, to give your feet some variation. Try these classic wing-tip loafers with tassels from Florsheim, a brand that Melamed recommends.

$110 at Macy’s
Ecco Jeremy Hybrid Plain Toe Derby

Ecco is another favorite of our experts. Sutera likes that they offer a range of styles, from fashion sneakers to dress shoes. The Jeremy Hybrid is just that, offering the best of both worlds with its derby-inspired leather upper, removable insoles, and a wedged rubber sole. (It’s on sale, too.)

$125 at Nordstrom
Allen Edmonds Tate Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots are endlessly cool, and this pair by Allen Edmonds, a favorite brand of Melamed’s, feature “extra light” soles and a comfortable footbed.

$325 at Amazon
Rockport Leather Penny Loafer

And, of course, there’s Rockport, a Melamed-approved stalwart of the comfortable-shoe industry. You can’t go wrong with these all-black leather penny loafers that also provide shock absorption. They also happen to be on sale.

$80 at Nordstrom

The best orthopedic casual shoes

Cole Haan Pinch Weekender

“Vans are for teenagers, not for adult men,” says Sutera. Still, she recognizes that Vans and other slip-on-style sneakers are a popular choice for men. To make them more comfortable — the fact that they are super flat worries her — she suggests putting an insole inside, or simply avoiding walking and standing in them for long periods of time. Sutera recommends these slip-ons-meet-loafers by Cole Haan as a worthy alternative.

$70 at Macy’s
Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

Sutera says that even varying it up between laced and non-laced shoes will give your feet some relief, especially if you have very high arches. If you want to get in on the white-sneaker trend, try a pair of these Sutera-approved GrandPros by Cole Haan.

$130 at Nordstrom
Ecco Soft 7 Retro Sneakers

Sutera also likes these leather sneakers by Ecco, whose “full anatomical last shape” is molded to your feet, according to the brand.

$90 at Macy’s
Mephisto Vito Perforated Sneaker

Melamed recommends Mephisto shoes for more casual options. We like these simple, perforated leather sneakers that have a cushioned and shock-absorbing rubber sole.

$141 at Nordstrom
Merrell Jungle Moc Athletic Slip-On

Merrell is another Melamed-approved brand, which is known for its hiking boots. We think these slip-on “after-sport mocs” are pretty cool in that trendy dad-look way.

$80 at Macy’s

The best orthopedic sandals

Elijah Toe Post Sandal

Photo: Courtesy of the retailer
Elijah Toe Post Sandal

Flip-flops are generally a no-no, but these by Vionic — a brand started by a podiatrist who, full disclosure, Sutera does consulting work for — were designed for walking and features a leather upper as well as a rubber sole.

$100 at Amazon
Naot Santa Cruz

Israeli brand Naot is a favorite of Melamed’s, and these leather sandals look downright luxurious with their suede-covered footbed that will mold to your feet.

$139 at Zappos
Birkenstock Essentials — Arizona EVA Waterproof Slide Sandal

And don’t forget the Birks, a podiatrist-approved perennial favorite. These waterproof slides are perfect for the beach or the pool.

$40 at Nordstrom

The best orthopedic sneakers

Asics Men’s Gel-Nimbus 20 Running Shoes

If being comfortable is your only concern, then opting for sneakers over regular shoes for everyday wear is, of course, always an option. Asics, New Balance, and Brooks are some of Melamed’s favorite brands. These Asics were recently recommended by freelance writer Steven John as the best all-around running shoe. It happens to look pretty sleek, too.

From $119 at Amazon
Brooks Beast ‘18

Here’s another Strat-approved workout favorite, this time by Brooks.

$160 at Zappos
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4

You can’t go wrong with a pair of New Balances, and the Fresh Foam Zante v4 is John’s pick for the best lightweight running shoes for travel.

$90 at Zappos

Homemade Gatorade

Homemade Gatorade

HOMEMADE GATORADE

INGREDIENTSNutrition

  • 1(1/4 ounce) envelope unsweetened flavored drink mix (enough for 2 quarts)
  • 12teaspoon table salt(sodium chloride)
  • 14teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride; eg. Morton Salt Substitute)
  • 14cup sugar
  • 14cup granular fructose(can substitute 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. corn syrup)
  • 12teaspoon citric acid (can substitute 2 tbs. lemon juice)
  • water, to make 2 quarts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher or jug and stir or shake until well mixed.
  2. Chill and keep refrigerated until used.
  3. Note: Adjust sweetness to taste by adding (or in rare cases reducing) a little sugar since drink mixes can vary.

Beyonce Wears Imitation Yeezys-Really?

Beyoncé Wears $49.99 Imitation Yeezys in Instagram Post Shared and Celebrated by Kanye West

by ROBYN MERRETT

Kanye West seemingly ended his feud with JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé on Thursday when he posted a photo of the couple captioned, “famleeeeee.”

In the shot, Queen Bey, 37, and JAY-Z, 48, can be seen cuddling in a car. Fans were quick to assume the reason for the shoutout was because Beyoncé happened to be wearing a pair of Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges that cost around $850.

Turns out, she wasn’t. Instead, the “Formation” singer opted for a pair Yeezy-inspired heels by the brand Public Desire which sell for just $49.99.

The brand confirmed the shoes were not Yeezys by sharing the same photo Kanye, 41, posted captioned, “Cop Queen Bey’s EXACT style in PD,” adding the shoes are called “MALIBOO.”

It’s not clear if Kanye mistook Beyoncé’s shoes for Yeezys but the shoes are very similar sans for a slightly different heel and a very different price tag.

Like the shoes, Kanye and the couple’s relationship now is not a perfect match for what it used to be.

Kanye and JAY-Z’s beef began in 2014 when JAY-Z and Beyoncé decided not to attend Kanye’s wedding to Kim Kardashian West in Florence, Italy.

In May, the “Lift Yourself” rapper opened up about his strained relationship with JAY-Z during a nearly two-hour interview with Charlamagne Tha God on iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club.

“I was hurt about them not coming to the wedding. I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding,” Kanye said referring to allegations that JAY-Z had been unfaithful to Beyoncé.

“I’m not using this interview to put out any negative things, but I gotta state my truth,” Kanye continued. “You start coming up with all type of crazy things in your head, like ‘Why?’”

Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges
Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges

However, Kanye revealed he’s “past it, but at the time I was hurt.” He also said, “I don’t think I ever asked him that question, directly.”

The interview came a year after JAY-Z released “Kill JAY-Z” on his latest album 4:44, in which he included a few jabs to West.

“I know people backstab you, I feel bad too/ But this ‘f— everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/ But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/ You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f— was he thinkin’?/ ‘F— wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane,” JAY-Z rapped.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The two also battled over a money dispute involving JAY-Z’s streaming platform Tidal. Kanye also claimed that his daughter North and JAY-Z’s daughter Blue have never had a playdate during a concert in 2016.

JAY-Z addressed Kanye’s claim during an interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller in August 2017.

“What really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into,” JAY-Z said. “We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”

JAY-Z and Kanye West
JAY-Z and Kanye West

RELATED: Inside Kanye West & JAY-Z’s Tumultuous Relationship Through the Years

Nonetheless, JAY-Z explained to Dean Baquet during an interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine in November 2017, that they’re going to be okay.

“[I talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother,” JAY-Z told the magazine. “I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us… ‘Cause, you know— Kanye came into this business on my label. So I’ve always been like his big brother. And we’re both entertainers. It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother.”

Kanye also spoke on mending their friendship with Charlamagne. “We’re texting each other,” he said. “It’s positive energy. I haven’t seen him, but I can feel him.”

‘Space Jam’ 2

LeBron James Sets ‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler to Produce ‘Space Jam’ Sequel (Exclusive)

"I loved his vision," James says of Coogler, who will shepherd production on the Warner Bros. project, which is tentatively slated to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.

“I loved his vision,” James says of Coogler, who will shepherd production on the Warner Bros. project, which is tentatively slated to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.

In his first project since directing the record-breaking Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is teaming with LeBron James on the long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Coogler will produce the new Space Jam movie and Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flynessand directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, will direct. Production on the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA off-season. It will be James’ first starring role after a successful turn as a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.

Getting Coogler, whose credits also include Creed and Fruitvale Station, is a coup. The director is among the industry’s most sought-after artists. Not only did Black Panther break ground as a superhero movie from a black perspective with a black cast, but it has set a number of box-office benchmarks on its way to grossing $1.34 billion worldwide, including becoming the highest-grossing film ever by a black director.

“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

Space Jam has been long-rumored, with various directors and writers attached to the project over the years, including at one point Justin Lin, the action auteur behind the Fast & Furious movies. The movement on the project coincides with James’ recent surge in Hollywood film and TV projects as a producer. Just last week, NBC and The CW announced separate shows in development with James’ SpringHill Entertainment.

The subtext of a James-headlined Space Jam sequel is the raging GOAT debate between James (who still has years left in the NBA) and Jordan (who has six NBA championships), players with pronounced personality differences. Jordan was a global superstar and endorsement king when he made the original 1996 film, which pulled in about $250 million worldwide and is still the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. Space Jam was chock-full of cameos from NBA players (and Warner Bros.’ Looney Toons). So it’s safe to assume the new iteration will include a plethora of basketball’s biggest stars, especially given James’ stature in the league. It’s unclear at this point, however, if Jordan will be among those featured.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.” WATCHRyan Coogler Teams Up With LeBron James to Produce ‘Space Jam’ Sequel | THR New