Walk . Move . Live with Vionic Shoes

Hello … how you’ve been? Today it’s a funny one. I’m talking about feet. Yep.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but if you didn’t know I’ve got a dodgy right foot…[amongst other ailments]

I used to be Office Manager at a large Design & Build company, that was until I was made redundant after 14 years long service [s**t heads]

I used to love getting dressed for work. I was the one who more often than not  could be found tottering around in pencil skirts, power jacket & high heels. All the gear , no idea!

I was in the car-park one day when something [I honestly can’t remember what] made me laugh. I was wearing my usual sky-scrapers, lost my footing something that occurs a lot due to my cataplexy and my left leg gave way.

Oh oh …

I started to tumble, stumbling like I had suddenly acquired Bambi’s legs. I somehow managed to stay upright [in a fashion] while trying to not rip my overly tight skirt.

At one point I waved helplessly for Bob,[one of my colleagues]  to “helppp meeeee!”

He didn’t. He bloody waved back , got in his chuffing car and drove off.

Typical male. Gawd knows what he thought I was doing?

I flew past around 10 cars before landing in a big heap , grazing both my knees, one elbow, my chin and twisting my foot. Dignity definitely not in tact.

That was more or less 3 years ago.

My doctor advised me at the time in a stop wasting my time tone that “of course it [my big toe] wasn’t broken …”

I beg to differ it’s never been the same since. I find it difficult to bend my big toe and I’ve acquired a massive lump on the side of it. I suspect it was broken / fractured and it’s set ‘funny’

Thanks for that doc.

I do try and relieve the pain with massage  [the BF isn’t all bad] and a series of exercises which include scrunching and unscrunching my feet to keep them as flexible as possible.

As you can imagine it makes it hard to find comfy shoes. One good foot, one dodgy foot with a lump.

When the guys at Vionic asked if I’d like to review a pair of their training shoes I jumped at the chance. I’ve been after a really comfty pair of shoes for walking Mollie [our dog]

We do lot of walking and being comfortable is essential, especially when your running after an over-active dog! Sometimes it feels as though she walks me.

I’m also on a mission to get a little fitter and healthier in 2017, so some keep fit classes are in the pipe-line. I say this almost every January but my ever increasing waistline and hamster-esq cheeks are making sure I stick to it this year.

Perfect timing. It was obviously meant to be.

I excitedly went on-line and choose a pair; here they are in all their glory.

I plumped for Willa in Bronze Metallic , a pair of walking shoes from the active range that looked the least like trainers. It’s really important that when working out / walking / running that your feet aren’t stressed or in pain.

Key Features:

  • Leather uppers
  • Rubber outsole
  • Firm yet flexible , removable micro-fibre covered EVA arthotic insert
  • Features FMT technology , a biomechanical orthotic footbed that naturally aligns your feet and may help to relieve heel pain by reducing over -pronation

Vionic advise that when you first receive your shoes you wear them  for a few hours for the first few days to allow your feet to adjust to the new level of orthotic comfort and support. Within a couple of weeks the shoes should be completely  supportive.

I’m at this stage… like slippers.


My reviews are always  honest and where and when possible I also try to gauge other people opinions.

When I asked my Boyfriend what his initial thoughts of my new training shoes were he said they looked like trainers for “special people”…charming! but then I didn’t really expect anything less from him.

I asked a couple of my friends the same question and they said although they were nice they looked like something my mum might wear. My mums 73 … make of that what you will.

I personally think they are cute, sensible looking [a first for me] and I’m wearing them so that’s all that matters [ bugger the BF ‘s opinion] .

I love the metallic colour and believe me they are very comfy. Ideal for walking the dog.

They look great with my jeans and even with my jeggings [yes people I wear jeggings – Matalan do a fab range!]

They actually make me walk with a spring in my step. I’ve even broke into a little sprint on several occasions this week. Even bloody Mollie couldn’t quite believe her eyes!

The inner sole is shaped to sit and support the arch of your foot and it feels very supported.

I posted a few pics on my Instagram when I first received my shoes and they had a good response. Alot of people raved about how good they found the brand, the arch support being a god-send.

The official line goes like this…

How can FMT Technology help ease your aches and pains

All of our shoes come with trusted orthotic technology built right inside. FMT Technology is designed to provide you with proper alignment, which can help reduce common aches and pains from the ground up.

“At Vionic, our priority is to provide well-being with every step, which our shoes reflect in their proven ability to provide comfort and relief from aches and pains.” Phil Vasyli – Founder of Vionic Group

Wearing them for walks in the local woods…



They also come in black, red and blue … retailing at £85.00 plus post & packaging.

Vionic don’t just do trainers / active wear they do all types of footwear which you can view // HERE

I’ve already had a quick ganzy and I’ve spotted a couple of leopard print numbers I quite fancy

To summarize:

Vionic is definitely somewhere I would head over too again when looking for stylish yet comfy footwear. I’m no foot specialist but what I do know is they are a pleasure to wear and beyond comfortable. Even dodgy foot is sat nodding.

Have you purchased from Vionic shoes before and if so what did you think?

As always I’d love to hear in the comments below.  I do like it when you talk to me …

Until next time, Tracey x

  • Thank you to the guys at Vionic Shoes for Gifting me these walking shoes. As always all opinions are strictly my own … and I apologise for my BF comments!

2 thoughts on “Walk . Move . Live with Vionic Shoes

  1. eamoloney1 says:

    Oh Im totally in love with Vionic. Ive fallen arches and cant wear anything flat without support which rules out wearing summer flat sandals. That was until I discovered Vionic. I live in their sandals all summer long. They do really cute and fashionable ones. And their trainers are fab too, live in those at home in the winter. A little pricey but cost per wear more than makes up for that. The first orthotic brand that dont look like old peoples shoes. Now just waiting for the new season to be released. The trendy ones sell out fast!

    • lizandtracey says:

      Hello and thankyou for popping over for a read. Comfort is really important and it’s defo a brand I’ll look out for in future. I need some comfy sandals.
      I was pleasantly surprised , as you say orthotic shoes are usually a bit ugly. Not here.
      Thanks again for taking the time to comment & enjoy your Sunday , Tracey x

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