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When it comes to choosing footwear that strikes the perfect balance between comfort and performance, the question arises: "Are Hokas really worth it?" According to the experts at Remarkable Feet, located within and developed by the providers at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC), the answer is a confident yes!
In 2012, Remarkable Feet was ahead of the curve in Virginia, being one of the first retailers to offer Hoka One One, also known as Hoka. We spoke with Marcia Graddon ATC, BOCPD, OFAC's certified pedorthist and co-founder of Remarkable Feet, to understand the reasons behind this decision and how OFAC and Remarkable Feet approach foot health innovations.
A Foot Forward in Innovation
"We are always looking for new innovative products that would better assist our patients" Marcia explains. The decision to introduce Hoka's footwear to their collection was rooted in their commitment to providing quality products for foot health. “When I got introduced to Hoka it was during a time when MBT's were big, but they were a very unstable shoe and our patients had trouble stabilizing themselves with them. Hoka offered some of the components that we were looking for” Marcia elaborated. With Hoka's arrival, Remarkable Feet found a shoe that not only catered to OFAC's patients and/or customer needs but also aligned seamlessly with their dedication to foot health. Today, Hoka has evolved into a pioneering footwear brand that not only dominates the orthopedic and athletic footwear realm but has also firmly established itself in the mainstream market.
Unveiling the Qualities of Hoka's Footwear
So, what sets Hoka apart and why did Remarkable Feet place their trust in them? According to Marcia, "Hoka's are stiff-soled shoes that have a meta rocker forefoot." This ingenious feature aids in push-off while minimizing stress on the foot and ankle. For individuals seeking orthopedic and feet-friendly options, Hoka's innovative design offers a more natural gait pattern and superior comfort for all-day wear. "It also has 30% more shock absorption than most standard shoes," Marcia adds. This feature is particularly crucial for individuals seeking optimal cushioning and support – exactly what we want to offer to our patients and/or Remarkable Feet customers.
Staying Ahead of Trends and Needs
Being one of the first retailers in Virginia to introduce Hoka's footwear sends a powerful message about Remarkable Feet and OFAC’s commitment to innovation. "We like to stay ahead of trends and find the best products to fit are patient's needs. We take an innovative approach and we are not afraid of trying new innovations to find the best matches and solutions for our patients” Marcia proudly states.
Developed by the providers at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center, Remarkable Feet is more than just a shoe store – it's a hub of footcare expertise, led by physicians that provide their insights and product recommendations.
So, are Hokas really worth it? The answer is yes. Thanks to Hoka's comfort and support they have earned a prominent place on Remarkable Feet's shelves and in the hearts of countless satisfied customers and patients.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, make sure to shop Remarkable Feet located in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia or schedule an appointment with the physicians at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center today.