*Please note Archies Footwear no longer manufacture the standard arch Archies – Our Archies are high arch only*
Archies have reinvented the iconic Australian footwear by introducing the Archies Thong. They were invented by an Australian physiotherapist who saw a gap in the market and realised that the typical thong was not providing enough support even though being such a large part of the Australian culture.
What are Archies Thongs:
Archies Arch Support Thongs incorporate the same amount of support that you would find from an ‘off the shelf’ orthotic, however they look just like normal thongs.
The orthotic support found within the thongs may help to reduce strain from feet and lower limbs.
They are comfortable and an ergonomic option which encourages healthy foot function whilst still encompassing the Australian way of life.
The arch supports comes in a “standard” and “high” arch in order to cater for all foot types.
How can Archies Thongs help me?
- Arch support – similar to that found in ‘off the shelf’ orthotics
- Toe Grip – causing you to claw less through the toes
- Heel raise – control the rolling in/pronation of the foot
- Adjustable strap – to accommodate a wider foot
- Coolness – they look just like a normal thong
What’s more, they are built specifically in one-piece to prevent ‘blowouts’. So no more strap detachments that you may have had with traditional thongs. The underside grip is also very good, so you won’t find yourself slipping on unstable surfaces.
What are Archies Thongs made of?
Archies Thongs are made of a specialised closed cell foam material which is formulated to mould to your foot. This high quality foam material really creates a “wow” factor for all those that tries them on.
Where are Archies Thongs made?
Archies Thongs were designed in Australia and 100% of the operations are based in Australia, however, due to the specialised nature of their footwear, Archies thongs are manufactured in China.
Archies Arch Support Thongs are a unisex thong, however the sizing of Archies Footwear follows US Men’s sizing.
For women, your Archies Thong size will always be one size less than your normal ladies size. For example, if you are normally a size 8 US Womens, then the corresponding size in Archies Thongs would be a size 7 US.
Archies Footwear Size Conversion Chart
It is important to understand that one’s feet do not fit perfectly to a size chart, therefore, using your foot / existing thong measurements is simply a much more precise way to get a fit that is specifically suited to your foot, rather than just using a size chart that does not account for quarter and half sizes etc.
What colours do the Archies thongs come in?
The Archies thongs come in a range of colours that can be matched with all your clothing items! These colours include:
- Sky Blue
Fitting in terms of Width
In terms of width, Archies Thongs are designed to be a reasonably narrow fitting thong, thus providing a slimline look. The outside edge of the foot hangs over the edge to some extent in most people, so please do not be concerned if this is the case for you, as this is the normal fit for Archies Thongs. It is important to note, that while the foot overhangs to some extent in most people, it is quite rare that we cannot fit Archies Thongs to someone’s feet, no matter how wide or narrow they are. Even in the case that you have a bunion that overhangs, this is ok, the most important thing is that the thong is comfortable and the orthotic sits in the correct position on the foot.
Fitting in terms of length
In terms of length, the thongs were designed with a reasonably ‘snug / tight’ fit in mind. If you go too big in terms of length, the orthotic does not sit in the correct position on the foot. It is important to note that it is not a concern if some of the back edge of the heel hangs over the edge of the thong (as per the below image).
Of course, if your heel is completely over the edge of the heel cup and squashing down on the rim of the thong, then that is different, however, some heel overhang is ok. Again, the most important thing is that the thong is comfortable and the orthotic sits in the correct position on the foot.
Archies have a tighter strap
Archies Arch Support Thongs have been designed with a tighter strap than normal thongs. This is because in thongs with a loose strap, the toes claw down in an attempt to keep the thongs on the feet. Normally when you walk your toes are supposed to point / bend upwards. When the toes point / bend upwards, this activates the arch of the foot which helps provide protection and support to the vital structures of the feet. When the toes claw down such as when trying to keep the thongs on the feet, the arch does not activate correctly which means that you do not get the protective support from the arch of the foot. This can leave the foot tired and achy, vulnerable to stress and potential injury. The tighter strap found in Archies Arch Support Thongs may help to reduce toe clawing which may enable you to walk more naturally.
It is important to know that if the strap feels a little too tight at first, do not worry, the strap is very elastic, within a few days of wear, the strap will gradually stretch and mould to the shape of your feet.
However, if the strap feels too tight it is very easy to stretch the strap and the toe pole until it reaches your desired level of tightness.
How do I stretch the strap?
Before stretching the strap, always inspect on the underside of the strap for a joining line. Occasionally, a joining line will be present and is indicated by a faint line through the underside of the strap. While the strap is very strong, if you stretch the strap directly on a joining line, it can break, so never stretch the strap directly on a joining line!
How to buy Archies Thongs:
Want to own a pair of these amazing comfortable Archies thongs? You can visit the clinic at either Moorabbin or Edithvale, where our Podiatrists or highly qualified admin staff can help you find your perfect fit and colour.
Can’t visit either of the clinics? That’s ok because you can buy online and we can ship it to you via Australia Post! We are always available to answer any of your fit questions over the phone or via email.
Exchanges and refunds:
If you are unsure about the fit or the Archies thong is not for you, do not worry there are options. We do offer exchanges and/or refunds depending on the reason. We are always happy to help either over the phone or email. However, if you do want to exchange or refund, the Archies thong must be returned to the clinic via post at your own cost.