It took a few weeks for my AFOs and orthotics to be fabricated. But yesterday was the day I went to pick them up. The professional recommended New Balance tennis shoes because they are well made and come in wide widths. I usually wear a medium width but purchased the wide and didn't wear them until I got to the orthotics business in case they needed to be returned. Bill, my case worker removed the insoles that come in the shoes and placed the AFO & orthotic. He said they might feel funny at first. He had me walk down the hall into a room that had a mirror that went all the way to the floor. He said watch yourself in the mirror walking. I'm so used to watching my feet because of the neuropathy I want to make sure I'm on firm ground. Well, I watched myself walk toward the mirror. It was amazing. I walked just like everyone else (who doesn't have CMT). It was heel toe motion. No more splat foot. I just couldn't believe what a difference these braces made. I came home and made laps around the living room showing off to my husband. I carried a cane just in case I needed it for stability. He said how good it was not to see me pushing the walker which I have been doing for the past couple of years. He too was amazed at the difference in my gait. Back tracking a little I was only diagnosed with CMT last year. I am supposed to gradually build up my time with AFOs starting with an hour a day. I was happy when I finally got a diagnosis. Not that CMT is anything to be happy about but I had bounced from specialist to specialist before going to a university neuroligst who identified my condition almost immediately. It just takes finding the right doctor. To end this epistle I just had to share with my fellow CMT sufferers what a di#erence thes custom AFOs and orthotics are making. I'm going out today and having my hair trimmed and a pedicure. I think my walking feet deserve pink toes!