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Feet First Help You Step Out In Style

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Style icon Coco Chanel said: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury!” Carlie Wacker discovers how to step out in style and comfort. 

Noosa locals and visitors have been putting their feet first for 25 years. You just need to stroll down gorgeous Hastings Street to see that great style lives (and holidays) here. Feet First Footwear is a local family-owned business that’s a step ahead of the rest. 

Meeting individual foot needs in fashion and comfort is what Dave and Suze Garozzo, Tania and their knowledgeable team do best. They love a good foot styling session and provide an intimate and extensive fitting for every customer. With the feet making up 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles, damage to any of these parts can cause serious harm to our bodies and not only result in sore feet but potentially affecting your knees, hips and entire spine. 

The Feet First team take their time to understand what your specific needs are and can identify the perfect shoe for you: conversation and a comfortable and classy shoe outcome is their main concern. Their outstanding knowledge of Australian and international footwear and tailored and personalised approach will have you coming back for more fancy foot talk!

The store offers brands that are globally recognised for quality craftmanship and innovative technology – brands like ECCO, Birkenstock, Sperry, Rockport, Mephisto. These are the brands that look sharp but don’t bite when you are taking long walks along Noosa River, Noosa National Park and beyond.

Here are some of the champion brands you can find in store and online: 

ECCO is a Danish company founded in 1963 and is still a family-owned business. The company own five factories to produce their shoes worldwide as well as their own tannery to treat their leathers. In fact, they are the third largest supplier of leathers in the world, supplying leather to high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ferrari and others. Only the highest quality, ethically produced material makes up your ECCO shoe. Feet First also stock the much loved ECCO GOLF shoes offering sensational performance on the green, so I’m told. 

The classic BIRKENSTOCK is dominating catwalks and nature trails. On-trend and highly recommended by physiotherapists, the cork foot bed moulds to your foot creating your own personal pair – no two worn pairs will ever be the same. AND, I can guarantee from personal experience they last forever. 

Our region is full of boaties and SPERRY has been the world’s favourite boat shoe since it was established in America in 1935. This shoe is famous for protecting wet feet
(in a super stylish way) The deck shoe style offers gents a wide fit and a convenient slip on style to take you from boat to bar in style.  

ROCKPORT is a brand suited for distinguished gentleman – smart in style, sensible in form. The inner sole and comfy removal in-beds provide support and ergonomic fit. This shoe brand can accommodate orthotics and is also loved by podiatrists.

Say Bonjour to MEPHISTO – a 60-year- old French shoe label that is truly beautiful and of outstanding quality. All shoes are hand-crafted in France and Portugal – these sandals and slides are de toute beaute.

Feet First are exclusive Noosa stockists for the coveted podiatrist-designed brand, FRANKIE4. Comfortable, stable and bang on-trend, these are good-looking shoes with all the technical features. This Queensland label leads the way for look and comfort. 

For athletes, the store has the latest and greatest, including ASICS – the most consistent sports brand on the market and sponsors of the Noosa triathlon for the last decade. As they say,“other shoe brands buy athletes; athletes buy Asics.”

There is another action shoe in store that is a lightweight, multifunctional cushioned running shoe and it totally lives up to its name – ON CLOUD! This Swiss invention hits such a high note that tennis champion Roger Federer invested in the company. It is the fastest growing athletic brand in the world and Feet First Footwear carry their lifestyle range. These are super cute for those that want to be active but not hang out all day in active wear. They are a great alternative to an Asics runner for those that prefer linen to lycra. 

Fitting men and women in unashamedly slick and profoundly comfortable sandals, slides, wedges and leisure shoes is what the team at Feet First Footwear are most proud of. 

Walk in a pair of Feet First shoes – you never know where they’ll take you but you know they’ll do it in style and with ease. It’s time to put your feet first!

Feet First | 37 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

About the Author /


Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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