Dr. Scholl’s Wink Review

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Dr. Scholl’s is often recognized as a shoe insert supplier but have since extended their expertise to footwear. Their styles are great for aching feet and they manage to consistently create on-trend, comfortable shoes. The Wink sneaker is a fun slip-on that has a thick white outsole and a perforated upper. It is a casual slip-on that is just right for a weekend out or casual Friday at the office. For an easy-to-wear option that packs a bit of stylish punch, look no further than the Dr. Scholl’s Wink sneaker.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Padded Collar
  • Be Energetic Footbed
  • Neutral Color Options
  • Exceptional Traction
  • Twin-Side Gore
Cons
  • Minimal Arch Support
  • Runs Narrow
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Slip-on sneakers have become increasingly popular over the years. What once was a strict streetwear style that many skateboarding shoe companies monopolized on, has grown to be a trendy look that all can enjoy. A sleek profile gives a slimming look to the foot and perfectly complements an array of styles. For those who want a slip-on to wear with their favorite shift dress, the Wink sneaker by Dr. Scholls is just basic enough to finish the look. If denim is more your speed, a casual pair of ankle jeans and a breezy button-down blouse will give you a prim and proper look that isn’t at all stuffy. It can be a hard balance between casual and put-together when trying to develop a look that is just right for you. Staples such as the Wink by Dr. Scholl’s help to make the decision easier, as it will coordinate with so many pieces you already own, taking out a lot of the guesswork when throwing an ensemble together. If you want something fabulous that you can wear with confidence, whatever look you’re going for, the Wink won’t disappoint.
Color

Color

It is always awesome to have a shoe that comes in neutrals, not only are many neutrals on-trend, but they are so easy to match with other wardrobe pieces. The Wink sneaker has a large selection of slightly muted colors that are quite gorgeous. A personal favorite is the hydrangea option, a dusty, perforated pink. The colors are simple, making them incredibly wearable. Of course, there is a basic black, ideal for jeans and a t-shirt on an adventure. They won’t show wear or discolor easily. Then they have a family of grey, which includes a darker option, a very light option, and a “greige”, which is between gray and beige and works wonderfully as a true neutral for tones from ivory to caramel. Then, the hydrangea is a pop of color in the otherwise practical collection. Regardless of how you normally dress and the clothes you wear, one of these options is sure to work into your regular wardrobe rotation. Neutral slip-on sneakers are absolutely a closet essential, which isn’t something that is going to change any time soon.
Comfort

Comfort

If we go to Dr. Scholl’s for all of our insert and foot pain needs, we can imagine that the brand probably knows a thing or two about shoe comfort. How to create a comfortable shoe is something studied all day, every day at a brand like Dr. Scholls, and they make sure that every pair they put out makes an example of the work they have put in. The Wink sneaker by Dr. Scholl’s has Be Energized technology made by the company to offer all-day comfort. The shoe itself helps prevent foot and leg fatigue as well as pain overall while wearing, and after you take them off. A padded collar and fully lined interior of the shoe add to this cushioned feeling. If you need a basic shoe that isn’t so basic in technology, Dr. Scholl’s offers some really great options with their slip-on footwear such as the Wink. This is guaranteed to be a shoe you’ll look forward to pairing with your favorite outfits.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Slip-on shoes can often be stiff when trying to wear them. The lack of lacing means that once they are on, they need to have a snug, secure fit. Companies generally accomplish this by making a very structured shoe. Slip-on footwear that is too soft flops all around your foot and becomes warped from wear very quickly. On the Wink, the platform is thick, the shoe is built-to-last, and it still maintains some flexibility. Dr. Scholl’s achieves this on the Wink by utilizing twin-side gore on either side of the shoe. Their gore is designed to reach all the way to the side walls of the base of this cute sneaker. Gore that extends down rather than forward onto the upper of the shoe helps flexibility even more than fit, which is what people usually consider gore to be used for. The shoe is able to move with you at midfoot, making it less restricting during normal activities or even just a walk. The upper becomes flexible, but there is a definite break-in period, so be prepared to have to wear these a couple of times before they reach their full potential.
Durability

Durability

As mentioned previously, this shoe is built to last. The side walls come up high and protect the seams that connect the upper with the base of the shoe. This helps to prevent splitting and other inconveniences when wearing the Wink by Dr. Scholl’s. For the sole, the rubber will last quite some time and won’t degrade from wear. Due to the traction being so thick on the bottom of the shoe, it will hold up well, even when wearing continuously for long periods of time. Having a sole that holds up to even rough surfaces is really crucial for a shoe that is so simple on the outside, such as the Wink. The upper is made from a microsuede that comes in either a snakeskin texture or a perforated option. Both are actually extremely resilient to being “worn-out” way too soon. The perforation or the snakeskin patterns gives parts of the shoe areas in which they can stretch a bit without damaging the integrity of the fabric. As long as you care for these Wink sneakers properly, they will absolutely stand the test of time.
Outsole

Outsole

It is so amazing to find a shoe with an outsole that is both durable and has amazing traction. Better yet, something that has traction on the outsole, and an outsole that won’t quit after only a season. This Dr. Scholl’s Wink sneaker has the perfect balance of function and fun. White platforms are a huge trend right now. You can find them springing up on shoes from retro trainers to boots. The Wink incorporates the one-inch white platform with an ultra-cute textured upper, the basic white breaking up the soft look of the muted neutrals. Looks aside, the texture on the bottom of this shoe is fantastic. This is the kind of grip that will work absolutely anywhere. Just from looking at the shoe, you can see the texture coming up to the very edges of the platform. This texture will not wear down easily, ensuring a long time of great traction whenever you step out in these. Waved, alternating texture on the bottom of the shoe ensures there is traction in every direction to be sure to grab the ground where you need it to. So many slip-on pairs don’t consider traction unless they are skate shoes and it is awesome to see a brand that is classic but laid-back adopt the higher-functioning outsole.
Price

Price

When you consider the price of orthotics, which can be over one hundred dollars for options that fit your foot, it can be easy to see the benefit of buying a shoe with built-in support features. Not only do you save money from not buying a toe-to-heel comfort insert but the shoe itself is also an awesome value. For this Dr. Scholl’s Wink, you can expect to pay what you would for a brand name slip-on sneaker, more than likely, less than that. While some may opt for the comparable items in price, due to their brand recognition, they are ultimately doing themselves, or rather their feet, a disservice. This is one of the most comfortable sneakers in this style available. Don’t get me wrong: there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a shoe due to its brand. They have specific details that are brand specific that can make or break your opinion of the footwear. However, you should still consider other options when looking for a shoe that is truly perfect for you. Don’t discount Dr. Scholl’s because they don’t have as much big brand appeal, the look is on point and the price is right, so it should be at least a contender in your slip-on search.
Shock Absorption

Shock Absorption

There are a couple of factors that lend themselves to the exceptional shock absorbing ability that this Wink sneaker by Dr. Scholl’s has. It all starts in the sole, the rubber has great traction, and firm placement on the ground is the beginning step of energy dispersing with every step you’re taking. The rubber then absorbs the shock, but this isn’t quite enough for Dr. Scholl’s. They decided to include one of their favorite insoles. The Be Energized technology in the footbed actually has three separate pads built in that work with the foot and how we walk to decrease impact and increase energy. Reducing fatigue is the main goal of this technology, and it does the trick. Reviewers loved how this shoe felt after long hours of wear, many felt it was one of the most comfortable Dr. Scholl’s options yet. Reducing the energy that travels through to body protects the knees, feet, ankles, and your bones and joints in general.
Size

Size

In terms of sizing, there are a few prominent complaints among the reviewers. Some found that the shoe fit true-to-size, which is great! This, unfortunately, was not the majority opinion, however. Across the board, reviewers agreed that the shoe ran narrow and fit snug. This might be due to the gore placement that was mentioned previously. The gore extends down as opposed to towards the toe of the shoe, which causes there to be not nearly as much stretch in the width as it would have with traditional placement. Some claimed this shoe ran small in general, but others said they ordered a size up due to reviews and had to exchange to their correct size. As we all know, everyone has different feet. The shapes, width, lengths, and preferences can differ even with people who consistently wear the same sizes. The Wink sneaker might just be slightly more risky to purchase if your feet are wide or if you have a higher instep. If you often have trouble getting your foot into slip-on shoes, a slip-on that fits snug and has this much structure probably isn’t going to be a practical style for you.
Support

Support

This shoe is comfortable and absolutely has support in the heel and ball of the foot. The level of padding in such a slim silhouette is phenomenal and this is sure to be one of the new favorites for someone who wants a low-key pick that is cute and casual. There is one element of support missing though. In a shoe that has a platform base that is level all the way around, there has to be additional arch support added to the footbed manually. This is crucial for giving the foot some lift where it needs it most. So without a slight heel or additional arch padding, the Wink by Dr. Scholls requires a bit more arch support. This won’t affect a lot of wearers but for those that are looking to buy this shoe solely based on it being good-for-the-foot, it needs to be known that this does not provide support for the arch. Of course, Dr. Scholl’s, as well as other brands, sell inserts specific to arch support, but if you really need it, there are similar flat options that include a boost at the arch. This is just based on each individual and what they need from their shoe.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a slip-on that will love you as much as you love it, consider a brand like Dr. Scholls. They have created a style with the Wink that is wildly popular that also looks great with so many different individual aesthetics that you can’t go wrong. Fantastic traction, gorgeous hues on the upper, and a technologically enhanced footbed are all key elements of the Wink that make it stand-out. Start your love affair with the Wink soon and you will see why reviewers couldn’t get enough of it.