12th May 2014 – Two new shoes named and designed with help from Airedale Hospitals patients
Two new orthotic shoes, developed by patients from Airedale Hospital working with a manufacturer of specialist footwear, have been unveiled and named.
The products were designed based on feedback from the Airedale Footwear Forum, a user group brought together by Peacocks Medical Group and the hospital’s mobility team.
Patients who use the hospital’s orthotic service worked with clinical and product development staff from Peacocks to develop two new ‘Airedale styles’ – one for me and the other for women.
Last week, they met up again to see the finished products and name them.
The results are:
- A woman’s court shoe named ‘Airedale’ in light pink – but also to be available in other colours such as red and metallic bronze – with a lace fastening
- A men’s two tone brogue named ‘Kirkstall’, made of black calf leather and grey suede, also to be available in brown or tan with a boot version.
Paul Scott, business development manager of Peacocks Medical Group Ltd said: “I think we all agreed that these were very appropriate names for the new shoes that would give them a local flavour.
“We hope to hold more development forums based upon our successful experience at Airedale.”
Elaine Coope, mobility services manager at Airedale NHS Trust, said: “We would like to thank everyone involved with this initiative, especially the patients who wear our products. The feedback was brilliant and it has been a really interesting initiative.”
The aim of the forum was to shape a new range of footwear to ease a variety of foot problems. Members were asked for views on their current footwear focusing on comfort, fit, colour and design and to suggest areas of improvement for the future during the first session held in the hospital’s education centre in December.
Peacocks currently manufacture and supply bespoke orthotic footwear to the hospital custom-made for each individual’s needs, but their new development will be a range of off-the-shelf stock, which can be adapted to suit prescriptions.
The new range will be able to cater for extra wide and deep fittings, but also foot problems and deformities caused by diabetes, rheumatology conditions and other illnesses of accidents.