Eleven Criteria for the recognition of healthy footwear

Below are the eleven criteria that a shoe must meet in order to be approved by the Healthy Footwear Guide

  • Toe box allows normal foot function for the individual.
  • Adequate width and depth achievable for wearer’s foot function.
  • Sole does not interfere with normal foot function.
  • Shoe must not noticeably slip on the foot.
  • Availability of product advice and support.
  • Outsole grip meets SATRA standards.
    Sole should have a raised tread pattern on heel and sole with a leading edge in many directions. In other words, a crosshatch, or similar, design. Tread pattern should extend over whole sole and heel area. Sole should have a flat, flexible bottom construction. Consider a low-density midsole that conforms to the ground and maximises contact area. A square heel breast (acts as leading edge) is recommended as opposed to around edge.
  • Softness and flexibility of upper and lining surfaces of shoe.
  • Stable heel of suitable block height of approximately 25mm.
  • In-shoe climate that promotes a healthy environment within the shoe.
  • Shoe provides reasonable cosseting of vulnerable areas of the foot.
  • Shoe retains its fitness for purpose for a reasonable period of time.

Aims of the Guide

  1. Help people to recognise the key features of footwear that will most likely offer a healthy and comfortable fit
  2. Encourage companies to manufacture shoes with these key features
  3. Encourage companies to join the Healthy Footwear Guide and actively promote footwear with these key features
  4. Help people find shoe stores that can advise on the correct fit of this footwear
  5. Offer advice to people who cannot get to a shoe store on the key fitting properties to look for when trying Healthy Footwear Guide recommended footwear