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KeepingPace Children's Orthopedic Footwear

KeepingPace, Inc., founded by Lori Watson, the parent of a special needs child, has developed the first fashionable and durable shoe that fits easily and quickly over a brace/afo, without being oversized, for children who require braces to support their legs and feet.

"I was amazed that the shoes available would always be out of date and never took into account the latest fashions for these children," said Watson. "We know how difficult it is to find special shoes that are contemporary, need little if any adjustment and are easily available and affordable."

In developing the shoe, Watson brought together a team of other parents of special needs children, top orthotists, designers and a specialty footwear manufacturer. They worked for eighteen months to create an athletic shoe, the first of many styles, that met the team's vision.

Some Features of KeepingPace footwear:

  • Wider, deeper heel box: Hides additional depth, ensures a precision fit with custom orthoses and AFOs
  • Adjustable depth: Inner soles of 3 varying thicknesses allows for easier internal adjustments for discrepancies in leg lengths and accommodations for AFOs
  • Distinctive sole: Wider tread design increases direct surface contact and promotes greater medial/lateral stability
  • High-abrasion-resistant rubber toe cap and reinforced triple stitching ensures greater durability for the demands of children wearing AFOs and the stresses of various gait patterns
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