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The Best Shoes for AFO's - The Billy GOAT!

Updated: Jul 9

Today we are sharing why we think the Billy GOAT is the best shoe for kids with AFOs!

Hey everyone! It's Dave with Goal Pediatric Orthotics here, and today, along with my trusty sidekick Polly, we're super excited to talk about something special. If you’ve been on the lookout for the perfect shoes for your kids with AFOs, then buckle up because we’ve got a treat for you – the Billy Goat shoes!

Why We Love Billy Goat Shoes:

We’ve been working with Billy Shoes for several years now and while their previous AFO friendly shoe worked well (the W.D.R.), it wasn't quite robust enough for the wear and tear of AFO users. With input from Orthotists they created what is now the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) of shoes for AFOs.

What's So Special About the Billy Goat?

Here are the three standout features of the Billy Goat shoes that make them a game-changer:

  1. Elevated Zipper: One of the first things you’ll notice is that the zipper is higher compared to the original Billy shoes. The original design had the zipper going all the way down to the toe, which often led to scuffing and damage for kids who drag their toes or crawl. By bumping the zipper up, the Billy Goat shoes have significantly improved durability.

  2. Enhanced Sole Material: The Billy Goat shoes now feature a heel height differential – thicker in the heel and tapering down towards the toes. This is perfect for AFO users. Plus, the sole is made of much harder rubber, which has proven to be incredibly durable over the past year. No more worrying about wearing them out quickly!

  3. Versatile Insoles: Inside the Billy Goat shoes, you’ll find three different insoles, including a wedge that tapers down to provide ample space for an AFO. This flexibility allows you to remove or add insoles to create the perfect fit. For example, if your child uses an AFO on just one leg, you can take out all the insoles on that side and leave the others in place, ensuring even leg length and a snug fit on both feet.

Why We’re Big Fans

We’ve tested these shoes rigorously over the past year and haven’t encountered any issues with wear and tear. The combination of the higher zipper, the sturdy sole, and the adaptable insoles makes the Billy Goat shoes an excellent choice for kids with AFOs. They provide the perfect blend of comfort, durability, and practicality.

See You Next Time!

We’re confident that you and your kids will love the Billy Goat shoes as much as we do. They truly are the greatest of all time for AFOs. Thanks for joining us, and we’ll see you next time with more fantastic finds and tips!

Stay awesome!


Dave and Polly

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need more information about the Billy Goat shoes. We’re always here to help!

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