Archies Guide to
The Perfect Fit
Designed to fit snug
Archies Thongs are designed to be tighter fitting. They should “fit like a glove” with very little space in front of the toes and behind the heels so that the arch sits in the correct position on the foot. Follow this guide to get the perfect fit!
Terms of Width
Archies Thongs are normal-width thongs. They have a tighter strap which gives the feeling of a tight/snug fit. It’s very rare that we can’t fit Archies Thongs to someone’s feet, no matter how wide or narrow they are. The most important thing is that the thong is comfortable and the orthotic sits in the correct position on the foot. Remember, the strap and toe pole can be stretched with your hands to get the perfect fit.
Terms of Length
Archies Thongs were designed for a reasonably snug/tight fit. If you go too big in terms of length, the orthotic will not sit in the correct position. A slight overhang of the heel is acceptable, and preferable to being too large (see image of max acceptable overhang).
Again, the most important thing is that the thong is comfortable and the orthotic sits in the correct position on the foot.
Archies Have a Tighter Strap
Archies Thongs have been designed with a tighter strap than normal thongs. With a loose strap, the toes claw down in an attempt to keep the thongs on the feet - putting the feet in an unhelathy position.
The tighter strap in Archies Thongs allows you to walk more naturally.
Stretch the Strap!
Watch out for these areas!
Where not to stretch!
While the straps are very strong, there are some places you should never stretch:
> Directly on a seam line (indicated by a faint line through the strap).
> Where the straps insert onto the top of the toe pole (the V joining shape).
> On the sides where the straps join to the footbed.
Getting the perfect fit
Stretching Your Strap
If the strap continues to feel too tight, stretch the strap and the toe pole to decrease tightness.
1. Hold the strap between your fingers and stretch sections in small increments. You can also stretch the toe pole using this method.
2. Continue trying the thong on and off until it has reached your desired level of tightness.
3. It is important to note, once stretched, the strap will not return to its original tightness. Please be careful not to overdo the stretching!
How to stretch the straps
Click here for a short instructional video