This review covers two brands of shoes that I have been wearing for a couple of years now and can recommend.
One is great for comfort and even my plantar fasciitis feet feel better for wearing the Omegawalk shoe with its cushioned insoles.
The second, Tropicfeel, is an outstanding shoe made from recycled plastic.
Recycled shoes made from plastic waste are an incredible invention, but I’ve been wary about them that they might be uncomfortable more hype and virtue than something I would want in my wardrobe.
Tropicfeel actually broke all sorts of records having started with a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, and then launched a second one, which broke records again.
Right now, NZ is in Level 1 so we’re only travelling domestically. I wear these shoes with my every day get up, but they are super versatile as they can be worn hiking, through water, on the beach or boat or just with your clothes.
But it’s the recycled plastic material that really impresses me.
The Tropicfeel shoe is made from recycled materials – read on…
If you’re looking for an authentic OmegaWalk review, I originally saw the shoes advertised on Facebook, and it claimed they are great for walking if you suffer from plantar fasciitis – which I did a few years ago.
So I bought a pair and they duly arrived (allow for courier delays at the moment), they fit like a glove (they’re kinda stretchy) and are so comfortable I bought another pair for my mum.
Then I contacted the company to ask if they had an affiliate program so I could let you, dear reader, know about them.
Omega Walk review
So here it is: from Omega Walk, the Superflex 2 shoe with it’s cushioned insert making it probably the most comfy shoe I own. It is also extremely light weight for travelling, and looks cute!
BUT WAIT, because I am now so impressed by the cushioned insole, I sell these separately through my Travel Store – which you can read below.
*Disclaimer they will pay me a small commission from your purchase. They are also advertised in US dollars but ship for free world-wide, so just allow a bit of time for that.
Tip: I erred on the side of going half a size larger to account for the cushioned insole and they fit perfectly.
Buy the insoles separately
Great news : you can now get the 3D cushioned plantar insoles to put in any shoe or boot from my Travel Store (shipping NZ-only).
Check out the new Sole Purpose range of cushioned inserts here. They will work best in a shoe/boot/gumboot that has a little wriggle room.
Here’s another shoe I also like which can handle getting wet on river walks, on boats, etc.
I was originally contacted by Tropicfeel as they are making shoes from recycled plastic bottles, so for that reason alone I was keen to try it.
This brand new shoe went gang busters as a kick starter campaign and I, along with a bunch of global “influencers”, was asked if I’d like a pair sent out from Spain. Sure! I said. Nothing to lose, but potentially something new to gain. And now I want to tell you about it as I have worn them so often and can honestly recommend them.
The Tropicfeel is a very clever shoe.
It is super lightweight and can be worn in water and as a trainer all day long. It dries quickly and honestly and truly my feet do not stink when I take them off even with no socks!
Update: after a year of wearing without socks they may offer just a little “scent”!
This shoe would be ideal for people who enjoy the outdoors in a leisure capacity. Things like boating and walking through bush, on the beach, at a lake. The rubber sole traction is also great (I have a slippy slidey phobia so traction is important to me!)
I just wear them with my 3/4 pants and they look really cool.
They come in a few colours but I have these ones: black and teal. The laces are also stretchy so you just slip them on.
Jump onto Tropicfeel to get more details or buy a pair*. They are shipped from Barcelona, so expect to wait a couple weeks depending on where you live. Free shipping to NZ (and most of the world actually).
* I have decided to become an affiliate of Tropicfeel so if you buy a pair of shoes I will get a small commission.
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