Why you need to ditch the thongs for supportive sandals this summer.

This is Natalie Tucker wearing the Merrell Women’s Henna Squash shoes


You know all those pairs of thongs you have in your cupboard? You know, the black ones, the green ones and the ones that go with everything?

Well, we’ve got news for you.

New research has suggested that wearing a pair of iconic Aussie thongs could be doing you damage.

The Australian Pain Management Association has found that people who wear thongs on their feet on a day-to-day basis could cause themselves feet, knee, ankle and back problems in the future.

Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by The Athlete’s Foot. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words. 

To avoid those problems in the future, the APMA recommends wearing shoes with proper arch support.

The question now is how do you style such a shoe?

This from fashion stylist, Natalie Tucker:

Sandals that are just like thongs, are super comfy and are not actually thongs.


I don’t know about you but in my down time and after rushing here, there and everywhere all week, all I want to do on the weekends is strap tiny cushions to my feet or not wear any shoes at all.

I had never even thought about the fact that The Athlete’s Foot do more than just running shoes and that their supportive sandals range would be fitted just as correctly and wow, be just as comfy too.

These will appeal to all age groups and right now they are right on trend with their Spring/Summer brights range.

So let me tell you all about how I will be styling these two supportive sandals that came to me courtesy of The Athlete’s Foot.


When it comes to wearing colour on your feet, it is up to you as to whether you would like to keep the coloured sandals as the feature item or blend them back throughout your outfit.

These are the Merrell Women’s Henna Squash shoes and they are more of a casual sandal featuring adjustable straps. This supportive sandal has a shock absorbing cushioning to keep your feet feeling good.

Personally, I like to keep the colour as the feature. If my shoes demand attention – I let them.

If I am going to be keeping these sandals as the stand out piece, I will need to not repeat the mustard colour again but rather work with what other colours work with mustard.

Mustard loves to be worn with ivory, bright reds, browns, bright green, light blue, teal, purple, aqua, emerald green, navy and charcoal, so they’re the colours I’ve aimed for.

As for the other colour?

The Orthaheel Raie light blue shoe has a contoured shape with shock absorption that helps to stabilize and realign the feet when walking, preventing foot, lower limb and back pain.

These Orthaheel Raie sandals are so amazingly comfortable that I forgot that I was wearing anything at all.

Light blue likes to be worn with gold, yellow, mustard, reds, greys, dark tan, dark brown, mahogany, burgundy, charcoal and navy.

What’s your favourite thing about supportive sandals versus thongs?