Arcopédico is a high-quality women's comfort shoe brand specializing in lightweight, anatomically-designed, arch- and circulation-supporting shoes that are hand-made in Portugal. The company was founded in Portugal in 1966 by Elio Parodi, inventor of the original knit shoe. Simco Imported Shoes, Inc. became the sole U.S. distributor of Arcopédico shoes in 1983 after Manuel and Virginia Simas discovered the shoes on a trip to Portugal. Their sons Dan and Doug Simas now run the company.
The hallmark of all Arcopédico shoes can be seen in two fundamental design principles: the "barefoot" upper—a soft, non-binding design that that conforms to the top of the foot to allow circulation and all-day comfort—and the patented, metal-free twin arch-support soles (made from molded polyurethane), which protect the foot arch and allow the distribution of bodyweight through the entire plantar surface.
In 2011, Arcopédico introduced the patented Lytech® material to the line, an innovative, ultra-light blend of polyurethane and Lycra®, which allows the shoes to be easily packed for traveling (shoe pairs weigh as little as 10.9 oz.) and machine-washed. Arcopédico's Lytech shoes are also BioCalce Certified, introducing an eco-friendly, vegan, water-resistant and biodegradable option for Arcopédico customers.
Arcopédico shoes' lightweight, colorful, simple, and ageless designs are a versatile and smart choice for any woman's wardrobe and lifestyle. However, the lightweight, anatomically-designed and washable nature of the shoes make them especially ideal for travelers, women working on their feet, or women who suffer from chronic circulation problems, sore feet, or dropping arches.