Wootten offers a tailored footwear service for people with an orthotic or orthopaedic footwear requirement. We have worked with orthotists, prosthetists and podiatrists and have supported some of Melbourne’s public hospitals. If mobility is a problem for you, you can engage Wootten’s orthopaedic and orthotic footwear service knowing you’ll get the very best of modern cordwaining practice.
Historians reckon footwear — in one form or another — has been around for as many as 15,000 years. Where once we wrapped our feet in the hide of a cow, today we put a bit more time into covering up our primary walking tools. Despite this, the age-old principles of protection and practicality remains the same. In essence, shoes are there to make getting around — be it up a rocky hillface to hunt goats, or down the street to buy milk — easier.
Timeframes for orthopaedic footwear are on average 6-12 months (from receiving a 50% deposit), with pricing falling on average between $1400-$1800 for shoes, $1400-$2000 for ankle boots, but can be more in the range of $1700-$2200+ for more complex orthopaedic fits and/or cast measurements generally.
Considerations: Clientele will need to book an appointment at our Ballarat workshop for measuring, foot casting and consultation. Clients may need a referral in order to be able to claim through various funding schemes so should contact us to discuss this before making an appointment. Please contact your insurance provider to find out if you can claim our services through them. If casts need to be taken at your appointment there will be an $80 charge.
Wootten is a registered provider to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs but please note we are currently only working with our existing customers and are not taking on any new clients.
Note we are not registered as a provider with the NDIS so are not taking orders under this scheme. We prefer to take on these clients privately who can then claim the invoice with their planning officer after the process has been completed. This avoids large approval delays, meaning you’re not waiting 18 months – two years or more for your footwear.
Please note: Orthopaedic footwear is the most complex part of our business and requires a great deal of time and patience on both parties. As such we will often monitor and pace how much of this work is coming in, and put a hold on taking orders if our workshop becomes too busy with standard orders.
Please note that our custom/bespoke footwear orders are by appointment only at our Ballarat workshop. Please feel free to contact us or use the form to schedule an appointment.