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In 1983, on a trip to Portugal, Manuel and Virginia Simas discovered Arcopédico shoes. The company was founded in Portugal in 1966 by Elio Parodi, the inventor of the original knit shoe. Arcopédico is a high-quality women's comfort shoe brand specializing in lightweight, anatomically-designed, arch- and circulation-supporting shoes. Simco Imported Shoes, Inc. became the sole U.S. distributor of Arcopédico shoes 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 provide 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 and are machine washable. 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.


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