Grumpy Feet No More

Grumpy Feet No More

I still love to use my feet to the max—walking, hiking, biking, taking Zumba classes. But here is the harsh truth: as we get older, our feet get grumpier. They lose some of the padding on the soles, blister more easily and simply get more tired.

Which is why, as a journalist, I always look forward to the annual Dr. Scholl’s press preview. I still find it amazing how far this footwear company has come (this world-famous shoe brand was first started by podiatrist William Mathias Scholl in 1906). My earliest memories of Dr. Scholl’s footwear stem from my childhood and watching my mother spend almost the entire summer in her simple Scholl’s, and what quickly became known as the iconic Dr. Scholl’s shoe: A slide sandal with a wood footbed and leather strap with metal buckle and nail head rivets. And while that “original” is still popular, there is so much more now to associate with the word Scholl.

I love to see how the brand continually reinvents itself. While that original, basic slide sandal is still around, it has been reimagined in whimsical new styles, with both color and print.


Classic Dr. Scholl’s, reinvented

Mica wedge and lace-up bootie sandals, round-toe flats, slip-on sneakers, even classic oxfords have been recent styles of seasons past. This year, I was delighted to see more flats, wedge booties, and even newer twists on the slide sandal, with some styles adding a gummy layer to the standard wood base. 

Braided wedge sandals

Handsome braided wedge sandals, in soft grey and caramel colors, looked so comfortable, I was ready to jump right into them. 

The Dr. Scholl’s boots are always winners, comfortable and extremely walkable, and I loved the fall 2018 season choices, which includes these cool white boots, with lots of clunky metal details; reminds me of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s” military trend craze.

New white and black boots

Yup, this is not my mother’s Dr. Scholl’s—but I bet she would have loved them. You can buy Dr. Scholl’s at Macy’s Herald Square, select shoe stores around NYC and at

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