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Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 1st December 2023

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Heading into the hot weather, open footwear like sandals, slides and thongs can be far more comfortable than closed in shoes. Here’s how to find the right support in summer footwear*!


Back style – closed back sandals provide similar support to closed shoes but allow for air flow, making them a good compromise, especially for people who have problematic feet. They hold the foot in place more securely than a sling back style. Slip on sandals provide the least support.

Adjustable straps – straps that can adjust to ensure your foot won’t slide off are ideal. Some styles have adjustable straps for the toes, and strap extenders for even more accommodation.

Quality of materials – good quality materials provide more support and last longer, which can be more economical in the long term. Thin soles will not provide enough support, cushioning or protection.

Orthoses – some styles have a removable foot bed to accommodate orthoses. For orthoses, closed back styles are recommended to secure the foot in place as there is too much movement in sling back and slip on styles. These days there are more aesthetically pleasing options for orthotic-friendly sandals.

Special occasions – if your feet don’t cope well with less supportive sandals but you would like to wear a particular style for a special occasion, it is possible to add padding, wedges, domes, deflections or other supports directly to the sandals. This can even be done with thongs or slides to some extent for people who can’t tolerate shoes or sandals.

Thongs & slides

If you don’t have much trouble with your feet, you can wear footwear with less support more often.

Arch support – orthotic thongs and slides can provide some support. Styles vary from minimal support to really high arches. With more aggressive arches there also needs to be lateral support (on the outside edge of the footwear) to stop you falling off the sides and injuring yourself.

Lateral support – there are a couple of styles on the market with both arch and lateral support. This is important for people with certain foot types, such as a twisted (valgus) forefoot.

Beach – thicker soles are important to protect your feet from the hot sand. Proper sand shoes are a safer option.


* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.