By Lori Bosworth
Ever since I attended the launch of Vionic Shoes in Canada last December, I have been wearing the pair of Tide II black flip-flops I received as a gift at the event. Vionic Shoes feature an orthaheel construction, which is great for reducing overpronation due to flat feet and associated heel, knee and back pain. With overpronation, the foot and ankle do not correctly stabilize the body, and you become prone to more stresses of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The Vionic footwear line is endorsed by well-known medical doctor, Andrew Weil, but the best thing about these shoes is their fabulous style.
At first, it was awkward getting used to the feel of the orthaheel; however, after wearing the sandals for a few days, they became like second nature and I now prefer wearing them to going barefoot.
I won’t say I have worn the black Tide II sandals out, but I was definitely looking for a more summer-like colour so I decided to order a pair from Vionic Canada’s online store in British Columbia. Vionic Shoes are available at several Toronto retail locations including Foot Sensation, Foot Solutions, Luxor Shoes and some Town Shoes stores; however, I wasn’t in the mood to travel to these various stores and then find out that they didn’t have the style, colour or size that I wanted so I opted to order online.
I couldn’t remember what size my original Vionic sandals were and the size label had worn away. I decided to call their toll free 1-877 number to ensure I was ordering the proper-fitting size. I wanted to order the Tide II flip-flop again, but this time in Turquoise. The customer service representative advised me that the Tide II is made only in whole sizes so she suggested I order a size 9 sandal for my size 9 1/2 feet.
I placed the order online, aware that there was a $10 shipping charge. I would rather pay a $10 fee than race around Toronto looking at various stores to see whether they carried this shoe in this precise style, colour and size. My time is worth it.
To my surprise, my shipment arrived within three business days from British Columbia. Considering that some mail has taken over two weeks to arrive when mailed in Toronto, this was pretty amazing. And to my delight, the size 9 Tide II flip flop fit perfectly.
The Tide II flip flop costs CAD $75 plus $11.05 HST and a $10 shipping fee for a total amount of CAD $96.05.