Hi guys and girls, welcome to the Archies Thongs website!
My name is Daniel Jones and I am Private Practice Physiotherapist from Melbourne and I am the person who has designed Archies Orthotic Thongs. While working as a Physio, I found myself continually warning my patients who required support to stop wearing typical flat thongs.
Despite my best attempts to advise my patients to wear more supportive footwear, this would almost always be ignored, as let’s face it, thongs are a way of life in the Australian summer!
The realisation soon set in that at the time there were no orthotic thongs on the market that adequately catered for the younger demographic who care about their health and fitness and none that I would personally wear myself! Furthermore, the price point of many of the available options was somewhat greater than what my patients would expect to pay for a typical thong.
After realising there was a large gap in the market, at 26 years of age, I set out to create a thong that not only offered orthotic support, but one that myself and my mates would happily wear. It was my goal to create an orthotic thong that any health and fitness conscious individual could happily wear to and from training, after a game of sport, down the street, to the beach or just socialising with friends.
I also attempted to eliminate many of the other design flaws of 'regular thongs' such as them often having a loose strap, having no heel elevation and having straps that are made from hard plastic which commonly causes irritation and often breaks at the toe pole. Click here to read about what’s actually wrong with typical thongs?
I started my initial prototypes in my nan and pops shed and after five years of extensive testing, research and development (aka, trial and error!) with input from some of Melbourne’s leading Podiatrists and Physiotherapist, Archies Arch Support Thongs were born!
To get the business off the ground we originally ‘slugged it out’ selling at local markets firstly in our home town in Echuca / Moama and then when the cooler weather hit, I quit my job as a Physio, filled my car to the roof with thongs (they were literally falling on top of me while I was driving) and chased the sun all the way up to Noosa QLD and then to Airlie Beach QLD. It was all go, go, go and a stressful fight for survival on a weekly basis just to pay our bills / debt, however, we managed to scrape through (just!) as we started to take on some retailers!
Archies Thongs are now the choice of thong by many of Australia’s Elite Athletes we supply many of Australia's leading Health Practices and Athletic Shoe Stores. If you want to check out what some of our customers are saying about the thongs, make sure you check out the customer reviews on the products page.
I hope you love your thongs, once you get used to them you will never want to take them off!
Archies Arch Support Thongs are a unisex thong, however the sizing of Archies Footwear follows US Men's sizing.
For women, your Archies Thong size will always be one size less than your normal ladies size. For example, if you are normally a size 8 US Womens, then the corresponding size in Archies Thongs would be a size 7 US.
The table below is only a size guide and if you are a NEW CUSTOMER, we strongly recommend that you provide us with a measurement of your foot length as this is the most accurate way to get your size correct. Why is it important to measure my foot length if I am new customer? What is the best way to measure my foot length?
Even if you are an EXISTING CUSTOMER and you already know your Archies Thong size, we still strongly recommend that you and provide this with your order. Why do I need to measure my thong if I have already know my Archies Thongs size? What is the best way to measure my current thong length?
Archies Footwear Size Conversion Chart
Providing us with an accurate measurement of your foot length or the length of your existing thong with your order is an extremely accurate way to get you the perfect size pair of thongs and is far more accurate than just going off your normal shoe size as we can custom fit the thong to the length of your foot. As such, when we have your foot / existing thong measurements, we more or less disregard the size number you select e.g Size 8 and instead we use the measurements you provide to us to find you the perfect fitting thong e.g 26.3 cm.
The size number is more there to help provide us with additional information, keep control of our inventory and for those who are too busy (or lazy, haha) to measure. However, where both measurements and normal size are provided, the measurements will always take precedence over the Archies Size number when it comes to selecting your thong. So please take the time to measure accurately exactly as per our measuring instructions, as it will help us to get the best fitting thong possible for your foot.
It is important to understand that peoples feet do not fit perfectly to a size chart, therefore, using your foot / existing thong measurements is simply a much more precise way to get a fit that is specifically suited to your foot, rather than just using a size chart that does not account for quarter and half sizes etc.