Vionic Shoes Hosts Launch Party at Toronto’s Hotel Ocho

Shoes from Vionic Footwear's Spring 2014 collection
Shoes from Vionic Footwear's Spring 2014 collection

By Lori Bosworth

Torontonicity was invited to attend a launch of Vionic Shoes at Hotel Ocho in Toronto’s Queen and Spadina area on December 3, 2013. Vionic Shoes feature Orthaheel technology, a built-in orthotics, which helps reduce over-pronation helping reduce heel pain, knee pain and aching legs. But before you start thinking that these shoes are only for those in their senior years, look again. Vionic Footwear is super stylish, comes in varied heel lengths and super hot colours. Vionic has also introduced a men’s dress and casual shoe line.

Hotel Ocho is a gorgeous event space with exposed beams and brick, and oversized windows overlooking Spadina Avenue. The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring red and white wine. We sampled tasty hors d’oeuvres from Hotel Ocho including grilled veggie skewers, grilled jumbo shrimp and mini hamburgers. Guests were invited to get a nail polish change from Tips Nail Bar and a reflexology treatment from Esthetics by Sally. I enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing reflexology treatment from Sally Graves. Sally asked if I had any specific ailments and said she would work on the respective reflex points in my feet. My feet were now ready to try on a pair of Vionic shoes.

Spring 2014 women's collection from Vionic Footwear
Spring 2014 women’s collection from Vionic Footwear

Yes, these are some of the shoes from Vionic’s Spring 2014 women’s collection. Not old fashioned at all, are they?

The Olivia Bronze shoe comes in black as well, and provides support while you’re at work.

Here are some more hot styles from Vionic’s Spring 2014 collection.

I could see wearing the Tide II flip flop in turquoise all next summer.

We were treated to these chocolate-dipped strawberries and sweets while we learned about Vionic Footwear.

Stylish shoes from the Vionic Spring 2014 men’s collection.

Phillip Vasyli, innovator of Orthaheel at Hotel Ocho
Phillip Vasyli, innovator of Orthaheel

Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli is the innovator of Vionic footwear with Orthaheel technology. The shoes features a deep heel cup, biomechanical footbed and forefront contour. If you have flat feet, Vionic shoes can also help to restore an arch, alleviating leg fatigue.

Shoes from Vionic Footwear's Spring 2014 collection
Shoes from Vionic Footwear’s Spring 2014 collection

Here are some more gorgeous styles from Vionic’s Spring 2014 collection. Check out the leopard- print flip flop on the right. You’d never know these shoes have Orthaheel technology.

The Maggie shoe in red patent is another one of my favourites. If you’re wondering what the price point of these shoes is, they cost between the $60-$110 range, which makes them quite affordable. Andrew Weil, M.D., who specialized in integrative medicine, endorses the product.

We were each given a complimentary pair of Vionic shoes to test for ourselves. I’ve been wearing them indoors for three days now and I have to admit, my feet feel much better when I’m wearing them.