Definition: A stretchable upper refers to a shoe with nylon, spandex or other stretchable and breathable material placed in the vamp and toecap of a shoe instead of the standard leather. Different styles are available with the stretchable portion of the shoe placed only on top of the vamp or all the way to the sole of the shoe. They range from orthopedic style to a higher fashion style. Those with hammertoes, crossovertoes, corns and bunions find the stretch material doesn’t rub and those with sensitive feet appreciate the softness of the material.
Benefits: These shoes are good for those with hammertoes, calluses, corns, arthritis and other foot sensitivities where the standard high toe box or sport stretching doesn’t provide the relief desired.
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