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The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Men 2018!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
The best orthopedic casual shoes
“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.
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.
Sutera also likes these leather sneakers by Ecco, whose “full anatomical last shape” is molded to your feet, according to the brand.
Melamed recommends Mephisto shoes for more casual options. We like these simple, perforated leather sneakers that have a cushioned and shock-absorbing rubber sole.
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.
The best orthopedic sandals
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.
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.
And don’t forget the Birks, a podiatrist-approved perennial favorite. These waterproof slides are perfect for the beach or the pool.
The best orthopedic sneakers
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.
Here’s another Strat-approved workout favorite, this time by Brooks.
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.
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Spiky Hairstyles For Men 2018!
It can get a bad rep, but spiky hair is something that can really help to add texture and style to a simple cut. Whether you go for subtle soft spikes, or a messier, unstructured look, there’s a tonne of ways to make it work for you. So, if you’re wondering how to spike your hair as well as what style will work with the length and texture of it, then have a read through our handy guide on some of the best statement spiky hairstyles for men.
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Spiky Hairstyles for Men
#1: Spiky Pompadour for Men
A pompadour is a style that’s great for a variety of looks, working as a formal hairstyle for men as well as casual, everyday one. Although there are various pompadour cuts, if you’re working with naturally spiky hair, there’s no reason not to show it off in the cut. Instead of opting for a smooth, rounded pompadour cut, follow the basic style but instead of sweeping the hair back, spike it up instead.
Long spiked hair can be hard to keep in a set position, so don’t be afraid to use a strong pomade and a bit of hairspray. As long as your careful with it, you won’t end up with crispy hair. It’s also important to remember to spike your hair up, rather than towards the middle, as you want a high, elevated look rather than a faux hawk.
#2: Short Spiky Hair for Men
Men’s short spiky hairstyles obviously don’t come in one set style, and you can vary up the look depending on your hair type, whether you want to go for a fringe or not, and if you want a simple cut or a more complex tapered or faded one. You can easily keep the sides short and opt for a slightly longer spiked front with your haircut if you want a defined look, or you can simply stick to an all over length.
Style a men’s spiky haircut correctly, using a small amount of light wax applied generally over the hair, and you can get a subtle, clean look. Get it wrong and you’ll be channelling the very worst look of the 90s. If you’re wondering how to make spikes that don’t make you look like a greasy businessman, just follow these simple tips;
- Get a pea sized amount of wax or gel and rub it between your hands.
- Rub your hands through your hair, ruffling the hair so the wax is distributed evenly throughout.
- If you want definition in certain areas, run your fingertips through your hair, but don’t deliberately spike up sections, otherwise you’ll end up with the dreaded 90s look.
#3: Faux Hawk Spiky Hair for Men
A faux hawk hairstyle and a pompadour might seem pretty similar, and, in a lot of ways, they are, however, the main difference in a faux hawk is the direction the hair goes in. While a pompadour is all about volume and tends to have the front of the hair swept back, the faux hawk is directed towards the middle, giving you a sort of triangle at the top of your head.
We didn’t make that sound great, but this messy spiky hair is a great option if you want a vaguely structured look, but aren’t after anything too formal. For the best result, opt for faded sides to help accentuated the pointed top. If you’re wondering how to spike short hair use a slightly heavier clay or pomade over a wax to get a better hold.
#4: Long Spiky Hair for Men
When we mention long spiky hairstyles for men we’re really just talking about thick, full hair that goes as long as the chin, not hair that’s shoulder length or longer. This means there’s really a tonne of men’s spiked hairstyles you can go for, from textured chin length hair with a sweeping fringe to a thick, all over length that can be worked into a stylishly messy look.
When it comes to creating cool spikes that work with long hair, a lot of the styling depends on the texture of your hair. If you’ve got thick, coarse hair that’s hard to keep in place, then a strong pomade might be necessary to help keep the shape. If you’ve got fine hair then a light wax alongside a good hairspray should be enough to give it a textured, spiked style.
#5: Side Part Spiky Hair for Men
A side parting can really help to define a haircut, giving it a more structured finished and an opportunity to play around with contrasting lengths. You can experiment with a range of looks, working in faded sides, long sweeping fringes and even buzz cut areas, to create different dynamic hairstyles. One style that’s simple to achieve is to smooth down the short side of hair and spike up the longer one, creating a high contrast and emphasising the textured fringe.
If you’re wondering how to spike long hair, such as a sweeping fringe, the key is prep and a good hairspray. Wash your hair with a shampoo tailored to your hair type then add a good hold hair mousse to damp hair. Then shape your hair with a thick wax or pomade, and finish off with a hairspray. It shouldn’t look overdone or crisp and will stay in place for the whole day.
5 Statement Spiky Hairstyles for Men
- Spiky Pompadour – A modern take on the classic cut.
- Short Spiky Hair – A neat cut that’s easy to style.
- Faux Hawk Spiky Hair – A defined, statement style.
- Long Spiky Hair – Messy, unstructured and great for a range of hair types.
- Side Part Spiky Hair – The parting helps define the cut, creating a statement contrast in lengths.
On That Note
There are various ways of creating a spiked hairstyle, and whether you’ve got thick or fine hair, it’s a cut that can be worked into a range of styles. Opt for a simple, short look for a neat, easy to style cut, or experiment with longer, messier cuts. Just remember to get yourself a good pomade or wax to keep everything in place.