Bite Footwear munches on the concept of custom-orthotic sandals

Bite Footwear can thank its golf roots for its latest line, the outdoor-styled Orthosport sandals.
Author:
Publish date:

Bite Footwear can thank its golf roots for its latest line, the outdoor-styled Orthosport sandals. The company had already specially developed sandals with orthotics for two of its pro golf players who suffer from foot problems. And that got Dale Bathum, Bite's president, thinking. "What happened was we started developing this orthotic idea to see if other people would want to put their orthotics in and there was a lot of interest," Bathum told SNEWS.



The result was Bite's Orthosport line, which has removable insoles that allow users to customize the sandals with Bite's insoles or their own orthotics.



"We've developed the line so people can do one of three things," Bathum said. "First, it'll come with our own insert which is a highly cushioned polyurethane insert for a footbed. The second thing they can do is take out our footbed and put in an orthotic footbed. We recommend the Superfeet footbed because it's more structured, more supportive and very comfortable, and it's good for feet. Then, if they need to go to the next level and have it custom fitted for their orthotic, they can do that as well."



Originally, the line was to have three styles -- the X-Trac OS, Xtension OS and Sportstream -- but Bathum said it would probably drop the Sportstream because it's not getting as much interest as the other two styles. The leather X-Trac OS offers the feel of an athletic sandal and is designed for walking and watersports. The Xtension OS has a specialized pulley system that locks the ball of the foot, ankle and heel points to provide support for running and watersports. Both come in men's and women's sizing and will ship in March 2003.


Related

bite_trout_sandal.gif

Bite Troutstream Sandal

Like many of our testers, the person we gave these sandals to is an outdoor enthusiast, as well as an avid small mountain stream fly fisherman. After several outings in the late spring and early summer, he told us that the Bite sandals were in his mind the answer to a backpacking ...read more

Bite Footwear sponsoring Oren's FitSystem

Bite Footwear has signed on to become a sponsor of Phil Oren's FitSystem. Oren has spent more than 17 years researching the biomechanics and physiology of feet and is very well known for his FitSystem program, which trains retailers about proper and professional footwear fitting. ...read more

Olukai_Amo_sandal.jpg

Olukai Amo sandal

Olukai has made a splash in the outdoor industry in just the last four years, producing high-quality, waterproof footwear with uncanny comfort. Those traits are reflected in the company name, which is derived from the Hawaiian words “Olu,” meaning comfort, and “Kai,” meaning ...read more

Commuter.jpg

Keen Commuter sandal

The fit and function of sandals have advanced so much that people now wear them for a wide range of activities. While sandals have long had a foothold in the hiking and paddling worlds, they're now stepping into a new realm -- cycling. In warm weather when you want the lightest ...read more