Boots for DAFOs

January 03, 2023

There’s no shortage of winter boots on the market, but finding a pair that fit well with AFOs and SMOs can be a challenge. Here are a few tips and brand suggestions to help you through the process:

What to look for

  • Wide-opening features such as a side or rear zipper, or extended tongue
  • Wide toe box
  • Removable insole
  • Adjustable straps for ease of donning

Shopping tips

  • You may want to shop without your child. Take the brace with you and try fitting it into the boot. Take the boots home for a relaxed fitting session, and return or exchange them if needed.
  • For online shopping, consider ordering several brands/sizes, then return the boots that don’t work out.
  • Check out Zappos Adaptive site for boot suggestions

AFO-friendly brands:

UGG® Universal (available through Zappos Adaptive):

UGG Universal

(this is their orthotic-friendly Macaroni):

Butler Macaroni

Shoes for AFOs
(they have several styles of shoes and boots designed for AFO-wearers):

Shoes for AFOs

Koolway Sports
(designed for non-ambulatory AFO-wearers):

Koolway Sports

Other brands to consider: