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I tried Vionic's newest recovery sandals — and they're truly amazing

If you're someone whose feet ache long before the end of the day, then you understand what I experience. After a few hours of nonstop walking and standing, my high arches ache and the balls of my feet scream. When I get home, all I want to do is slip off my shoes and relax, but going barefoot doesn't provide enough support. I've tried plenty of plush slippers and every type of cushiony "recovery" sandals. While they all felt comfortable, none were perfect. So when I heard that Vionic, a brand created by a podiatrist, made recovery shoes, I knew I had to give them a whirl.

The podiatrist-designed shoe helps relieve aches and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, bunions, heel spurs and lower back pain.
$54 at Amazon

Vionic shoes have a reputation for being amazing for people with foot problems. After all, they are approved by The American Podiatric Medical Association. Plus, the brand conducts studies about the comfort and support of its shoes.

The new recovery shoes, which come in two different styles and several cool colors, balance cushioning along with the necessary support that keeps feet happy even after hours of wear. It's a marriage made in heaven. And it's exactly what I wanted; nay, needed. Other brands were very comfortable and felt good for a while, but none had enough arch support for me to wear around the house for a few hours in the evening. Vionic's cradled my feet in delicious relief.

Three Vionic recovery sandals
Recovery sandals don't have to be dull — Vionic's come in two styles and plenty of colors. (Photo: Amazon)

If you haven't heard of recovery shoes by now, they are typically rubber slides or flip-flop-style sandals with a thick sole that are made for wearing after exercise or extended periods to help relieve swelling and soreness. You don't have to be an athlete to benefit from them, though. Countless average people have been snatching up the various models. Even Oprah is a convert (not that she's an average person)!

"I have been looking for slippers with arch support for years; you know, the kind that stay on your feet, fit right, feel good and you can clean," says an Amazon reviewer who gave them a five-star rating. "I finally found them, and my feet are so happy...When I walk in them I can actually feel the arch support; not too much, but just right, enough to let you know there is arch support. They stay on my feet, and the most important part is that when I get up in the morning my feet are smaller because the swelling has gone down."

"I no longer get up in the morning with pain," says another shopper.

"The hype is true!" says a reviewer who suffers from plantar fasciitis. "I have tried all kinds of shoes recommended by podiatrists and others with foot pain. In all honesty, I held off following the early advice to get these slides... Never again. They are pillowy soft with great arch support. I stand on concrete eight hours a day, and when I get home I am on concrete yet again. But now, as soon as I walk in I shed my runners, slide into these and sigh."

I slip mine on as soon as I walk inside, too. I bet you're going to do the same thing.

The podiatrist-designed shoe helps relieve aches and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, bunions, heel spurs and lower back pain.
$52 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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