6th May 2014 – Two new shoes unveiled designed with help from Airedale Hospital patients
Two new orthotic shoes, developed by patients from Airedale Hospital working with a manufacturer of specialist footwear, are being unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday 7 May).
The products have been designed based on feedback from the Airedale Footwear Forum, a user group brought together by Peacocks Medical Group and the hospital’s mobility services team.
Patients who use the hospital’s orthotic service were invited to shape a new range of footwear to ease a variety of foot problems during a session held in the hospital’s education centre in December.
They were asked for views on their current footwear focusing on comfort, fit, colour and design and to suggest areas of improvement for the future. The group worked with clinical and product development staff from Peacocks and have developed two new ‘Airedale styles’ – one for men and the other for women.
- A light pink court shoe, with a lace fastening and stitching detail along the toe area and a light grey sole, for women – based on a specific request for brighter colours.
A two-tone brogue, made of black calf leather and grey suede, with an option of using other matching colours, for men. It features a toe-cap that can be highly polished, which was a specific request from the men in the forum. The shoes will also have a more rugged sole unit for extra grip and style.
Now the forum has the challenge of coming up with a suitable name for the new shoes. More suggestions are welcome using Twitter @ANHST #Peacocks
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.”
Paul Scott, of Peacocks, said: It has been really useful to explore new ideas and we will continue to get views from our customers in the future.
“Decisions on the styles were made using this feedback but also prescription requirements, current high street style research and manufacturing parameters.”
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-self 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 or accidents.