A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping – Happy Feet from Arcopedico Healthy Footwear


“Clear your closet out of shoes that hurt you,” says Dr. Joe Schoppe.


New Year’s resolutions come and go, but one worth keeping is becoming smarter about buying shoes. Buying shoes solely on appearance is great until bunions, blisters, sore feet, aching backs and knees flare up. Start from the ground up for overall body health in the new year. Here are simple solutions from foot experts when buying new shoes:

1. THREE SIMPLES LETTERS TO REMEMBER – “When buying shoes, there are 3 letters to remember: FSS – Flexible, Soft, and Supportive,” says Dr. Joe Schoppe of Schoppe Foot & Ankle in Stuart, Florida. “Patients with bunions, bone spurs, diabetes, and arthritis can help themselves by buying shoes designed to flex with the foot while offering support. A soft, no-seam interior is also important to reduce the chances of rubbing the foot and causing blisters.”

2. TALK TO AN EXPERT – “In my 35 years of experience, the number one mistake I see over and over is women wearing the wrong shoe size,” says Tim O’Brien, Merchandising Manager at Village Bootery in Stuart, Florida. He continues, “They go to a big box store and are not properly measured and fitted and continue to buy that size of shoe. Independent shoe retailers are trained in fitting customers as well as learned the foot structure to match up the right style for different foot shapes and ailments. Making the shoes the customer buys, a pair that will benefit them for life.”

3. TREAT YOUR FEET – “Clear your closet out of shoes that hurt you,” says Dr. Joe Schoppe. He continues, “Women come into my office with foot ailments that can be solved by buying shoes anatomically designed to promote good foot health. They complain about their favorite shoes which constantly hurt them, but they love the style. I tell them to throw or give them away, these shoes are only doing harm. It is best to invest in a good pair of shoes that are designed to keep your foot and body healthy.”

4. KNOW YOUR FOOTWEAR PROVIDER – “A customer trust is everything in our business,” says O’Brien of Village Bootery. “We work closely with podiatrist and buy our merchandise for the store with confidence that we will have many repeat customers. We host trunk shows to give our customers a firsthand experience with experts from the shoe brands we stock – all to earn our customers trust.”

5. KNOW YOUR SHOE – “We could sell Arcopedico footwear in large retailers, but we feel the knowledge of the shoe and proper fit would be lost,” says Arcopedico USA’s Marketing Manager Sydney Simas. Simas continues, “We want retailers to make the connection between what the podiatrist tells their patient they need and the retailer finding the ideal shoe for them. Only a professional could offer this knowledge. Arcopedico has spent the past 50 years engineering comfort shoes to meet the needs of it’s customers and the independent shoe retailer can share this information with its customers.”

For an opportunity to meet directly with a representative from Arcopedico USA, Village Bootery in Stuart, Florida will be hosting an Arcopedico Trunk Show on Friday, January 26, 2018. Please call Village Bootery at (772) 283-3833 for more information.

ABOUT: Dr. Joe Schoppe, has practiced podiatry at Schoppe Foot & Ankle in Florida for over 20 years. Dr. Schoppe is Board Certified in Ankle and Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, graduated with honors from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, and completed a 3-year residency in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Miami, FL and at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. Schoppe Foot & Ankle is a two-generation family-owned practice serving the needs of the Stuart, Florida community by delivering exceptional podiatric care. Schoppe Foot & Ankle is located at 2220 South East Ocean Blvd., Ste. 201, Stuart, Florida, 34996. For more information, call (772) 221-1193, or visit http://www.SchoppeFootandAnkle.com.

ABOUT: Village Bootery has been a family-owned business since 1962 in the northern Palm Beach and Martin counties of Florida. With two locations in Florida – Tequesta and Stuart, Village Bootery has featured a wide selection of women’s and men’s comfort footwear and accessories. Village Bootery’s headquarters are located at 2641 S. E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida, 34996. For more information, call (772) 283-3833, or visit http://www.villagebootery.com.

ABOUT: Arcopédico USA shoes can be purchased at independent shoe retailers throughout the United States. Simco Imported Shoes, Inc. is the sole U.S. distributor of Arcopédico shoes. A family business, the company was formed in 1983 by Manuel and Virginia Simas after discovering Arcopédico shoes during a trip to Portugal. Arcopedico shoes are hand-made in Portugal. Arcopédico is located at 1480 Kleppe Lane, Sparks, NV 89431. For more information, contact the company at (775) 322-0492, or visit http://www.ArcopedicoUSA.com. For more information, samples or images, editorial media may contact Karen Beaudin at Karen(at)bullpenpress.com.

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