The Worishofer shoe: the hot new trend in footwear?

So, these are being touted as the hot “new” fashion in shoes.

We’ll just give you a moment to digest that news, shall we?

They’re Worishofer’s 251 sandals, and if you’re thinking they look like orthopaedic shoes, that’s because they are orthopaedic shoes: they were originally developed for bunion-sufferers, but are now apparently the style choice of celebrities like Maggie Gyllenhaal , Kirsten Dunst, and Michelle Williams,  all of whom have been spotted out and about rocking their Worishofers, causing some sectors of the fashion press to whip themselves into a frenzy and describe them as the “hottest celebrity must-have”. We’d say this’ll never catch on, but then again, we said that about Crocs, and look how THAT turned out. Stranger things have happened in fashion, and let’s just say we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see editorials in the glossies on “How to Make the Worishofer Work for You”. Aren’t you glad you’re not a fashion victim, and thus won’t feel obliged to follow that advice, folks?

We can obviously understand people wearing these because of foot health issues, but what about those picking them up purely as a fashion statement? Will you be joining them, we wonder, or has the media jumped the gun in deciding these are the next big thing in footwear? If you want to follow in the (probably very comfortable) footsteps of Maggie, Kirsten and Michelle, they’re available at Amazon, and you can see Maggie G in hers under the jump.

What do you think?


  • July 26, 2010


    Well, the good thing is that these are definitely good for your feet.
    The bad thing: Uargh, are they UGLY!!! I’d rather they’d stick to Birkenstock sandals instead, as those at least don’t look like old women’s footwear.

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  • July 26, 2010


    They’re hideous.

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  • July 26, 2010


    They look like shoes my Grandma would wear, which is fine. They work for Grandma’s and Mom’s and such, they look comfy and even pretty. But for mainstream fashion! Really?

    And don’t even remind me about crocs. My mom just bought me a pair of those a while back, she thought it would be a good idea to get everyone in my family a pair. I get that they’re convienent for say gardening and. . . whatever. But wearing them out of your house or private yard is a fashion crime. They’re hideous.

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  • July 26, 2010


    Maybe this was an inevitable progression after years and years of ever higher heels?

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  • July 27, 2010


    the first thing i thought when i saw these was “wow…they look like my mother’s sandals” and then i read that maggie gylenhall favours them…which did not surprise me as she tends to the dowdy fashionwise…then i saw the photo which visually confirmed the previous thoughts

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  • July 28, 2010


    I’d rather break my feet than wear them.

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  • August 1, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m sure I’ll wear something like them if I ever get old enough…

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  • August 5, 2010


    i like them! I think teamed with the right outfit they would look great! And the fact that you’ll be comfy in them means that you can walk tall and confidently which is always more attractive than hobbling in a pair of heels!

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  • October 29, 2013


    It is nice to see feet which are not cramped and crippled in a pair of impossibly high-heeled, thin-strapped sandals, but this is throwing out the baby with the bath. You wear these at home or at a job where you have to stand a lot, to save your feet for fashionable moments (though I prefer Birkenstocks any time). They were never meant to be fashion. This is like the Emperor’s new clothes. What comes next – support stockings as a fashion statement? Better than swollen ankles… what about knee bandages as fashion accessories (would be great for me!) or, say, a stylish hernia truss for a belt?

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