Friendly Shoes® solve more types of footwear challenges than any other shoe technology. How? By making fitted shoes simpler and easier to put on, and more enjoyable to wear.
Sacrifice nothing for better footwear for your needs. Experience fashion, comfort, and support with ease. #BeFriendly on Your Feet!Shop now
As an occupational therapist, Joseph had many patients patients of all ages with difficulties donning appropriate footwear. These individuals usually resorted to unsupportive slip-ons. He questioned why proper shoes are so difficult to put on, and why there are so few fashionable accommodating options.
Inspired by his patient's requests, Joseph dedicated his passion for making shoes easier and better for everyone. With his lifelong wrestling focus, and never give-up mentality, he experimented and refined ideas many times and come up with the Patented Invention: Easy Shoe Access.
Our initial line of Friendly Shoes®, MEDIMOTO, feature handcrafted top-grain sustainable leather. We traveled all the way down to South Brazil to find the best leather that provide support, mold to each foot, and wick away the perspiration.
Combined with bespoke, slip-resistant rubber outsoles, arch support, and high-energy return for active living. Friendly Shoes® give you comfort, support, and unparallelled ease.
The reason why Friendly Shoes is making waves in the adaptive clothing industry is because of its function. These shoes are specifically designed for people who have mobility challenges. But, you wouldn't know it looking at them; the patented ESA zipper is discretely hidden ;)
Our goal is to create comfortable, functional, and stylish shoes allowing anyone to put it on and take it off easily. Friendly Shoes® increase mobility and independence by discretely accommodating more adaptive needs than any other shoe technology — without sacrificing fashion, comfort, or support. An easier and better shoe experience:
These days, being Friendly truly is different. We are clinician-founded and grounded in clinician and family values. We are inspired by people of all ages who overcome adaptive challenges to live in motion. We work hard to make independence and mobility easier for all.Learn More
Motion is medicine, and good shoes are crucial to mobility. But life challenges us all, and many individuals who live actively struggle with laces and shoes. Whether it’s climbing a mountain or getting to the bathroom, Friendly Shoes® make mobility easier and better.Learn More
Our beautiful yet functional shoe designs are a collaboration of master shoemakers and American medical professionals. Good looks in step with good health. Motion is medicine: live actively, #beFriendly!Learn More
In less than 1 year on the market, we have had over 700 parents contact us in inquiry for shoes to accommodate developing feet. So in this next year, we have decided to rise the challenge and help kids, eliminate barriers.
With the new challenge of making children’s Friendly Shoes, we feel that we have truly risen for the occasion as we have added a new easy-access feature to accommodate ankle/foot braces, something that we think will help change the world.
Think about it. 4 year old Saxton who has mild cerebral palsy will now have the opportunity to put his own shoes on and interact with his environment. Standing and walking opportunities and interacting with his peers at eye level, in fashionable supportive shoes. This will encourage balance opportunities, strengthening, social skill development, and reaching opportunities. And most importantly, Saxton can for the first time ever be able to wear the same shoes as his 6 year old brother, Jason, who he absolutely idolizes. If Jason does it, Saxton wants to do it, and now he can! Not to mention the benefits for his parents in regards to convenience and observing their son reaching the developmental milestone of donning shoes independently.
Excited? We are too! But we need a little bit of help to start the mass-production. You can preorder or support us on Kickstarter and help us to bring this project to life.
If you leave us your email address below, we will notify you when our Kickstarter campaign starts. Also you will get early-adopter discounted prices. Thank you.
These shoes are good for EVERYBODY’S feet, & are easy on/easy off with that great side zipper. Snazzy, stylish, solid, & supportive, without that “old person” look & feel to them. Try a pair — you’ll be glad you did!
Great shoes if you wear an AFO. Could not believe how easily I could get both the brace and my foot into the shoe. I bought both the white/pink leather & the gray suede. Both fit perfectly. I LOVE them- now I can wear my AFO brace & still look good. Thank you Friendly Shoes!!
Absolutely love these shoes! I'm on my feet a lot at work, but also have EDS and arthritis that affect my feet/ankles. I've tried a ton of shoes since 2011 and by far these are my favorite. The zipper makes it so much easier to get my braces on/in, and still have a good fitting shoe - when I don't need my braces the ankle support is great. I haven't worn them with the zipper open much, but when I do they stay on and fit surprisingly well. And on top of the great fit, support, and such, they look great! Its so hard to find good shoes that are also cute!
Joseph at Friendly was super friendly and helpful. He went out of his way to make sure that I got the correct true. I love these shoes. I have limited use of my hands and these shoes now make my life easy.
The style and the color of these shoes are appealing to the eye. These shoes got my attention as they are high top shoes and the blue suede looks great. I have noticed that one feature that other shoes don't have is that it has zippers. This is a great feature for someone like me who hates tying their shoes. I was able to adjust the shoes according to my comfort level and did not worry putting on and off because the zipper made it easier. I was very impressed when put on them for the first time, because it has high arch support. Usually this is one feature that most of the shoe companies lack. I have also noticed after 8 hours of work day plus 10 hours plane ride, and keeping them on for almost 24 hours, my feet weren't tired from wearing them. There were no sweat or smell from wearing for long periods of time. Lastly they were great in cold east coast temperatures. Overall these are high quality shoes that fashionable and at the same time comfortable.
I expected to buy a nice, sturdy shoe with a quick mechanism to tighten and loosen the shoe. The look and design match my style, the fit is comfortable, and even though I can still tie my shoes with a bad hip, the zipper makes it quick and pain free.
These shoes are what I was hoping for, and they delivered.
Love the zipper design. Easy to put on and take off. Comfy to stand in all day. Would be great for someone who works in a kitchen or is standing all day.
My 13 year old son has mild cerebral palsy affecting his gait. He can tie his shoes but tie shoes don't go on quickly enough for him. We've been buying Nike Flyease but when I saw these I had to try them. They are super supportive, stylish and SO easy to get in and out of. He's actually choosing them over the Nikes everyday for school. They look great...it's like you are wearing a normal shoe; no one would even guess they are zip up. More colors please! More styles please! Hats off to you for making a good-looking, easy shoe!
Am very happy with my new Friendly Shoes. They are super comfortable and are good looking enough that I can wear anywhere. I have poor feet, which I correct somewhat with orthotics. Friendly Shoes work better with my inserts than the New Balance I have been wearing. Would recommend these shoes to anyone. Thanks.
Good fit, comfortable width, nice appearance, comfortable for all day wear and long distances like 4 miles. Putting on and off with side zipper is the prize.
I bought this shoe for my mother in blue.
She was having difficulties with her shoes and the idea seemed compelling. Money well spent, highly recommend! Very easy, high quality suede, great arch support as well.
I got these from my daughter and I have to say they are amazing! Super high quality, great arch support for my fasciitis, feels like a slipper. Not made in China, I highly recommend!
Got these for my father for father's day, unique idea makes the shoe a lot easier. Good quality we had to get him out of his all black old man shoes. The zipper sits in the middle of the shoe so it takes some practice. My father is actually wearing them with the shoe opened up, it fixes pretty well.
This shoe opens up on the inside, very easy to put on. The toe box is a little in the narrow side but the leather stretches well and has conformed to my foot. Great arch support. I def recommend!
This is my 3rd pair of Friendly shoes. This shoe is amazing with it's easy shoe access (ESA). I call it "slip & zip", and I'm on my way. Comfort & style are just two more reasons I own 3 pair. They go with just about everything. So if your looking for a shoe that you will love to wear all day long, get yourself a pair or 6, you won't regret it.
My first pair of Friendly shoes. I was so happy with the way they went on so easy & the comfort. I'm usually a white sneaker wearer, that's why I got this stylish pair. After wearing them & feeling like I am in my slippers all day, I purchased more colors. I'm so happy that I now have different colors to choose from. I even got the extra arch support insole that I need for my feet, it's like heaven. I want all the colors for my wardrobe.
I walk 7 miles a day and the shoes are so comfortable I don't want to take them off at the end of the day. I had horrible plantar fasciitis and had to go to the chiropractor each month to have it worked on since I've had these shoes I have not had one issue with my plantar fasciitis
I must say this is the easiest shoes to put on and off hands down! Friendly shoes are so unique in so many ways! Stylish, well-made, comfortable and reasonably priced! I'll be getting more! Lastly, Thank you so much Friendly for thinking about us clinicians!
So these took me a little while to get my head wrapped around, but now love them. They have laces but you enter/exit through the zipper, which is easy and fast. It kind of looks like a midtop but it's not, and is comfortable around the ankle. It has that low to the ground feeling like a sneaker or skate shoe but the leathers hold your foot like a boot. After a few days the leather was formed to my feet and it fits really nice. Quite a good product, and that zipper grows on you because it really does make it easy to put on the shoes. Kudos.
I always wanted blue shoes because they add a splash of fun and stand out in a crowd. But the only ones I ever owned were poorly fitting heals that made me want to go unnoticed because of how much I had to struggle to keep them on. Since getting my Friendly Shoes, I've been able to keep my feminine, sometimes quirky, or sporty style. Thank you Friendly for not making me sacrifice my wardrobe preferences and giving me comfortable, good-looking shoes to show off in. <3
I got these for my uncle, who was having difficulties with his balance and putting his shoes on. After months of therapy, we still had to help him. These shoes literally made him independent with his shoes. I'm not sure if it was a psychologic thing but uncle Sean is back! He wears them all day, everyday. We're gonna get him the blues for Father's Day!
I am a registered nurse so I am on my feet 12+ hours a day. These shoes are amazing, I actually wear them around sometimes with the zipper open and my feet never get hot. Good arch support insoles but I admittedly use my insert from the pediatrist. Rubber bottoms for anti slip for whatever we have on the floor at the hospital. Great shoe!
I managed to have a level Three hamstring injury. I could barely move my leg. This shoe was perfect. So easy to put on and off!
I like sporty chic but I have hard to fit feet that often makes me settle for dorky looking footwear. These shoes are sturdy enough for long walks on uneven ground yet also stylish enough to wear for a day of tromping down the city's mean streets. I love the soft gray color and the pull-tab details that make them a stand out from other walking shoes. I bought them in size 7-1/2, a half size smaller than usual, to get a proper fit around my somewhat narrow heel. As a result, I need to use the shoelaces, not just the adorable zipper, to get them on and off. But once in place, they are friendly companions, comfortable enough to wear for an entire day.
I bought these for my mom and she loves them! She's said they feel like slippers. Finally something fashionable for seniors
Bought the Grey ones and have used them on trips this year to Thailand and Hawaii. Made the putting shoes in bins process much easier and I even unzipped them in the plane for added comfort/venting. Nice shoe thanks
I discovered Friendly Shoes at a caregiver resource event in San Diego where Friendly Shoes had a booth. Before considering buying the friendlies for my mom I thought I'd wear them myself to see if they really are "easy" and comfortable. I got the black and white men shoes because I liked the look. After wearing them for almost 3 months I can confirm they are quite good. They're lightweight, the leather is real leather and have broken in nicely to fit my feet. And I really like the zipper, it makes it easy to slip on but when you zip the actually shoe "fits." So I just got a pair for Mom (the grey/taupe suede). Fyi the shoes come with 2 insole options and I really prefer the arch support option, seems to really "make" the shoe. I called their store to make sure they are sending the arch support insoles with Mom's shoes, the owner was nice and said he'd cut the insole to size so Mom wouldn't have to do it. Great product and solid service from really nice, genuine guys with a lot of passion.
I just wanted to thank you Friendly for coming out to my parents' home this morning. My mom almost cancelled twice because she was worried she would not have time and is now so glad that she did not. (I wouldn't let her. ;)
Twice since Friendly left, completely unsolicited, my mother has said "I really like these shoes!" Yea!
Thank you so much again, and I"ll share your brochures with folks I know in the SF Bay area who would be interested