Have you been looking for a good pair of Mary Jane shoes for you to wear with your Arizona braces? Do you feel like most Mary Jane shoes that you try on can’t actually fit your braces and feel either too tight or too loose? An Arizona brace helps stabilize the ankle area and is made from slightly softer materials and it’s not as rigid as an AFO, but it’s not as flexible as a lace-up ankle brace. I have put together a list of the best Mary Jane shoes for Arizona braces that can also accommodate different foot shapes.
I decided to create this article because I know how badly women who wear Arizona braces struggle to be able to wear shoes that they like, and you shouldn’t be limited to wearing sneakers only.
The Struggle Women Face to Find Mary Jane Shoes for their Braces
I have been contacted by several frustrated women who want to know if there is a stylish Mary Jane shoe that they can wear with their AFOs. Most off-the-shelf Mary Jane shoes are simply not designed for women who wear Arizona braces, but there is a small selection that will fit your braces.
Arizona braces can take a lot of space inside the shoes, but certain Mary Jane styles have proven to be able to accommodate them better. For an Arizona brace to do its job properly, it needs to be worn with the right shoes. Finding the right footwear can be a challenge, so I have created this guide for you, to help you understand what to look for to find the best Mary Jane shoes for your Arizona brace.
Mary Jane Shoes for Arizona Braces – 3 Key Features!
1️⃣ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent the Arizona brace from poking a hole in the front of the shoes. I have seen how braces can poke a hole in the front part of the shoe if the shoes are not wide enough at the front.
2️⃣ Extra Depth: This feature will allow the AFO to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Shoes that provide extra depth are important to prevent you from getting blisters and other foot issues.
3️⃣ Oversized Openings: This feature helps prevent you from shoving your foot in the shoes every time you have to put your shoes on. It can be very frustrating and time-consuming to struggle every time you have to put your shoes on.
Wearing footwear with an Arizona brace requires a shoe that has a wider opening to easily slide the foot in with the brace on.
Additional Features of the Mary Jane Shoes that I Recommend
There is a shoe company, called Orthofeet, which offers contemporary fashion and stylish Mary Janes that also have a well-engineered design. Their Mary Jane shoes are made from high quality materials and are built in with the following:
- Adjustable fit, which means that they will easily slip over your Arizona braces
- Genuine leather
- Rubber outsole
- Adjustable velcro strap accommodates wide or skinny ankles
- Pull tab at the back for easy on and off
- Made approximately 1/4” wider and 1/2” longer than the measurements you provide
Best Mary Jane Shoes for Arizona Braces
Below you can find a selection of the best Mary Janes shoes for women with Arizona braces. The Mary Jane shoes below are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths.
Important Tip: Don’t forget to remove the original insoles of your Mary Jane shoes before placing the Arizona brace. Some of the Mary Jane shoes above come with double or triple removable insoles.
Several women reported that these Mary Jane shoes were the first cute shoes they could wear.
Are You Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?
Order these Mary Jane shoes a whole size larger than the end of your Arizona brace footplate (3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space). If you are unsure about what your foot length or shape is to being with I suggest that you use this free resource I created:
Boots for Women with Arizona Braces – Extra Deep and Stylish!
If you are actually looking for a pair of stylish boots to wear with your Arizona braces, you should start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the best stylish boots for women who wear braces. Go to the link below:
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding a Specific Shoe for Your Arizona Braces?
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Have you found a specific Mary Jane shoe style that worked well with your Arizona braces? Let us know in the comments section below so other women can benefit from your experiences.