Frequently Asked Questions

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Footwear FAQs

What’s so ‘friendly’ about your shoes?
We make adaptive footwear that’s easy to put on and off, wide-fitting and looks great too! Created by our occupational therapist Joseph, our shoes are suitable for so many people. Their USP is what we like to call Easy Shoe Access – we use deep side and rear zips to open the shoe up so anyone can easily slide their foot in and out. In addition, Friendly Shoes are lightweight, wide fitting and have a memory foam insole that’s removable if you need more space or to fit your own custom orthotic.

Do you stock shoes for adults and children?
Yes, we make and stock shoes from a UK size K10 (children) up to an adult’s UK size 13.

What shoe styles do you have?
We currently have three styles for both adults and children:
– Excursion: For both adults and kids, our Excursion features a discreet back zip that snakes around the heel of the shoe. It is our highest shoe, providing the most ankle stability and it also features laces – tie them once and then just use the zip!
– Friendly Force: The Force (for adults and kids) has a side zip and no laces. It’s our roomiest style and comes in a number of eye-catching colours.Voyage / Adventure: Another side zip style, this time with laces too for extra tension.
– The Voyage: this is our adult shoe with a side zip and laces, the Adventure is what we call the kids style.

How do I know what size to buy?
Go to our size guide – we’ve got all you need to find the perfect size there. If you’ve still got any questions, email us on hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk!

Do you shoes fit AFOs?
Yes, that’s the beauty of our shoes – no more struggling to find shoes that accommodate your orthotics.

Do you recommend specific styles for AFOs?
All our shoes are designed to accommodate orthotics, splints and AFOs. Depending on how wide the splint is, it may be that you could benefit more from a side zip which opens the shoe up essentially down the side so the foot can easily go in. However, lots of people who wear AFOs get on well with our discreet back zip style.  

What material are your shoes made from?
All our shoes have a phylon outer sole and a flyknit upper, with a soft lycra coating inside. Our Friendly Force styles are edged in neoprene, and the Excursion and Voyage / Adventure styles also feature polyurethane suede. All our shoes also have removable memory foam insoles.

What happens if the zip breaks?
Our zips are YKK, trusted worldwide for their production standards and quality control. If your zip for some reason does break however, please let us know by emailing photos to hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk.

Do you make shoes for toddlers?
We currently start our kids sizes at a UK K10, but we may in the future make smaller sizes for toddlers.

Are Friendly Shoes suitable for people with prosthetics?
Yes! Shoe donning and doffing with prosthetics – both bi and unilateral – can be cumbersome and the very functionality of Friendly Shoes, being easy to get on and off helps with this, especially if the person has additional challenges like hand dexterity, decreased sensation, sitting balance etc. The fact they’re lightweight also helps to conserve energy during the daily routine.

Friction prevention can be important too with prosthetics. Our smooth linings and being able to set but not rely on the lace tension helps with this. The padded heel collars offer ankle support for balance impairment and ankle related problems.

Are your shoes suitable for people with sensory issues?
We want our shoes to be accessible to as many people as possible. The stitching inside the shoe is smooth and the inside labels don’t stick out at all. We’re trialling stamping our labels on instead in our new kids collection and depending on feedback may use this process instead moving forwards.

Are the shoes waterproof?
Like most trainers, our shoes are water resistant vs waterproof. They have phylon soles which have passed anti-slip testing.

Are your shoes suitable for diabetics?
Our shoes feature:
– Smooth inner linings that reduce skin friction and the (removable) memory foam insole allows for even pressure distribution;
– Adjustability (laces + relaxing zipper) to accommodate swelling. This allows you to maintain proper fit/fixation, also reducing skin friction;
– Ease of access + adjustability is helpful alternative for individuals who may be utilizing oversized shoes (which provide poor fixation, increased friction).

Can I wear a heel raise in a pair of Friendly Shoes?
Yes you can! Our memory foam insole is removable so the raise can be placed underneath (or if you need more space, you don’t need to replace the insole). If you have questions about the specific depth of your heel raise working, please email us on hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk.

How wide are Friendly Shoes?
Our shoes all measure an E fitting, so are comfortable for people with wide and swollen feet.

Which style gives the most ankle support?
The shoe that would give the most support from heel to heel collar is our mid-top Excursion. In terms of toe box, it’s an E fitting and is deeper than the average shoe. You can also remove the insole for extra space inside if needed. Plus, set the tension with the laces.

Do you have a shop where I can try Friendly Shoes on?
We’re currently online, but we do sometimes run pop-ups which we talk about on our Instagram – give us a follow or sign up to our mailing list to find out more! We’re also looking for retailers across the UK so if you think Friendly Shoes could be suitable for your shop, please get in touch on hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk

Do you sell mixed size pairs for people with different sized feet?
This isn’t something we currently offer – we would love to but we’re too small currently to be able to provide this service. It is on our radar however so maybe down the line.

Payment FAQs

Are your shoes eligible for VAT exemption?
Yes they are. If you or the person you’re buying for is eligible, tick the box at check out and fill in the relevant details there.

What currencies do you accept?
All payments are made in GBP (£).

What payment methods can I use?
We accept Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express securely via our website.

How will I know my order has been submitted successfully?
You will receive a confirmation email from Friendly Shoes once your order has been placed, and a dispatch email once your order has left the warehouse. Please check your Junk folder if you haven’t received them!

When will payment be deducted from my bank account?
Payment will be debited from your account once your order has been processed.

Delivery & Returns FAQs

Do you ship to Europe?
We make individual deliveries to Europe. Get in touch on hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk to find out more.

Do you ship to the USA?
We don’t but go to www.friendlyshoes.com and order from there!

Do I have to pay for delivery?
Yes, our standard delivery charge is £6.95 for Royal Mail Tracked in the UK, £15 Royal Mail Tracked for Europe.

How long will I have to wait for my delivery?
In the UK, your delivery will be with you within 7 days of placing the order (and usually much faster!).

How do I return my order?
Just get in touch with us on hello@friendlyshoes.co.uk and we’ll get back to you with the return address. Please note that return postage is not included within the price. 

How long will I have to wait for a refund?
Refunds are processed via the original payment method within seven business days of receipt. Funds may take a further five business days to appear in your account.