Staying Comfortable and Cool with Naot Shoes
Naot shoes haven't been around that long, but what a history they have.
Manufactured in Israel, Naot was started in 1942 as a small kibbutz factory that manufactured work boots. Fast forward almost 70 years, and Naot now employs 160 workers and designs everything from dress shoes to sandals for men, women and children.
Naot shoes are designed with comfort, construction and styling in mind. These shoes offer a flexible footpad made of cork, natural rubber or leather that supports the heel. What makes Naot so unique is its anatomical footpad, which is like a negative print of the foot, similar to the footprint left when walking in the sand or the snow. The footpad is flexible and soft, absorbs shocks, supports the heel and helps relieve pain in the foot. Combine the footpad with modern styles and colors and you have one very interesting shoe.
If you want to understand Naot shoes, start with the women's Cymbal. This sandal offers flexibility in the upper and the sole. It has an all natural leather upper and a suede-covered cork footbed with latex sponge padding. The sole has arch support that helps distribute your weight evenly. It utilizes a removable and replaceable Naot footbed. The ultra-light soles are made of high-quality rubber, polyurethane and latex that help retain the sole's flexibility and immunity to erosion. Because it's a sandal meant to let you enjoy the walk, its heel is just 1¼ inches.
For something a little dressier, consider the Naot Women's Loop with a two-inch stacked heel. The uppers are done in leather or lizard-embossed leather. Its footbed is anatomically molded, covered in suede and made of natural latex. Keeping the sandal close to your foot are dual elastic panels. The Loop comes in black, brown and grey.
For a stylish, but casual sandal that epitomizes Naot shoes, check out the Ashley sandal for women. It's like a Birkenstock sandal that discovered style. It's created with two soft, wide leather upper bands, offered in a variety of colors and enhanced with decorative crystals. The suede-lined, cushioned cork footbed sits atop a lightweight, shock absorbent outsole. It has a 1¼ -inch heel. These all leather uppers are available in a variety of colors, including copper, black madras, cheetah, raspberry, metal, gold, grey, steel, brown lizard, cherry and white leather.
The closest you will get to a dress shoe is the Naot Women's Treasure model. While it's not the stiletto you may picture for dress shoes, it is a feminine shoe that combines style and comfort.
Part of the Impulse Collection for Naot, the Treasure features a rich leather and patent leather strap with goring for extra give. It features a smooth leather footbed that gives you soft support with moisture wicking properties. The flexible polyurethane wedge outsole is long-lasting and gives you great traction control. And, yes, this is a dress shoe and has a 2¾-inch heel to prove it. It is available in black, metal and espresso leather.
Even more dressy than the Treasure is the Isis model. This beautiful slip-on has two wide straps - a ruched ankle strap and a strap over the toes. Both leather straps stay close to the foot, thanks to the elastic goring. A leather-lined, cushioned footbed pads your foot. The 1½-inch heel offers lift and a dressy look. The Isis is available in copper, black, metal and quartz leather uppers.
From dressy to the opposite extreme, check out Naot's thong sandals. The Jessica model is pure Naot. It features two wide leather straps - and a small leather thong that wraps around the big toe. Part of the Elegant Collection, it has a suede footbed, cork midsole and rubber sole. Also special to Naot shoes, this model offers the hook-and-loop instep adjustability. This model is available in copper, black and toffee leather.
For a tooled leather thong, consider the Montreal model. Part of the Cosmopolitan Collection, this thong features a leather upper with floral cutouts and, again, that inside goring for a snug fit. The shock-absorbing, suede-covered footbed absorbs moisture and has a built-in arch support. You'll see that the footbed has a deep heel indentation to protect your heel bone and to keep you balanced. The rubber, polyurethane and latex sole keeps you safe on your feet for a very long time. The 1¾-inch heel gives you a nice lift. This model is available in black, burnt copper, golden mocha, steel and toffee leather.
Get the right size
Because Naots are manufactured in Israel, the sizing system may not be what you are used to seeing. A basic rule for conversion is that each size simply has a higher number that corresponds to a normal U.S. size. For example, an Israeli 37 is the same as a U.S. 5, an Israeli 38 is a U.S. 6, and so on.
If you are looking for a shoe that offers comfort, style and support, check out Naot's many fashionable models.