Healthcare professional - Jessica Southon

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Width fittings explained

We have several options available, though many of our styles have different fits. You can filter by width of the fit from our search page. The fittings are:

M - Accommodate feet that require slightly less space than our W fitting styles.

W - Our standard fit which should suit most people. If your big toe joint/small toes begin to feel pinched or ache, then you may want to try our roomier XW fit.

FF - Based off our W fit. You can tailor the fit to allow for more or less room in the shoe by swapping or removing the forefoot inserts which are included with the shoe.

XW - Allows for a little more room over the instep or at the front part of the sandals, shoes or boots than our W fitting styles.

XF - Based off our XW fit. You can tailor the fit to allow for more or less room in the shoe by swapping or removing the forefoot inserts which are included with the shoe.

XXW - Looks after a foot which needs more space over the in step or the fore foot area. If our XW is a little tight the XXW could be just right.

Fitting advice

If you would normally take a half size, e.g. 37.5, but the style you're looking at doesn't come in a halves, we recommend you select a larger size.

If you find shoes are often a bit tight in width, or shoes which are one size larger than your true size feel more comfortable across your feet, we recommend that you select the W width.

If you find it very difficult to find shoes that are comfortable in width or usually seek out shoes that are made for extra wide feet, then an extra wide fitting is most suitable. Opt for the XXW width.

If you experience gaping material around the mid-section of your foot, and the tendency for your foot to slip side to side in the shoe, a narrow fit is most suitable. Opt for the M width.

Some styles have adjustable features, such as adjustable straps. This information is detailed on the product pages.

If you purchase a pair of our shoes and the sizing isn’t quite right, you can now shop risk-free as we offer FREE RETURNS for unworn shoes within 30 days (read more about our returns and exchanges terms and conditions). If you would prefer to be fitted in person before you purchase, we suggest you visit a Ziera specialist store or retailer where we can help you find your perfect fit.

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL - Jessica Southon

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL - Jessica Southon

My name is Jessica Southon, and I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Podiatry with honours. I work in a small private practice (Active Podiatry) with 2 locations in Central Victoria. As part of my role, I also work within GP clinics, service nursing homes, and in-patient rehab. I have a special interest in diabetes, and have completed further research in this area. I was part of a randomised control trial in 2014 investigating the effects of exercise on diabetic peripheral neuropathy - we are due to publish a paper later this year with our findings!

What was it that made you want to be a podiatrist?
I wasn't sure what a podiatrist did, until I went to a university open day in 2009. It was the first year La Trobe Bendigo were delivering the podiatry degree, and I thought it would be a rewarding career.

What are the most common foot problems you see in your female patients?
Most commonly I see a lot of issues relating or developing from unsupportive footwear in female patients - these are not limited to:

- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Plantar plate tears
- Painful bunions and associated osteoarthritis
- Morton's neuroma
- Metatarsal bursitis
- Corns and calluses from poorly fitting or cushioned footwear

How do orthotics help patients?
In combination with an orthotic friendly shoe, orthotics can provide valuable long-term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, calluses and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the body’s weight on the feet.

More commonly, orthotics can also help with the management of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprains, arch pain and stress fractures by providing consistent postural control.

What are the features of Ziera shoes that you think benefit your female patients?
Not only are Ziera shoes orthotic friendly - for those without orthotics there is great arch support and cushion for all day comfort! They also offer enough depth and width, and the style range appeals to a wide demographic. I think the old Kumfs were once seen as an “orthopedic” style shoe, and now they appeal to a younger demographic and look fantastic.

How did you enjoy your Ziera shoes?
I road tested the lace up Oracle in the black. They were perfect for work, and my own custom-made shell length (so 1/2 length) orthotics which I recently got from Footwork fitted perfectly. I could make up the forefoot room with the included padding in the box. Optionally those with custom made orthotics could also go with a full-length cover and not need to modify the padding at all! They were of adequate width and I had no issues whatsoever. I am so in love, they make my tired feet feel great at the end of the day and I dread taking them off!! I received so many comments on my lovely shoes from patients and friends alike – so it was a great advertisement!