About Us

Jack Smith

My name is Jack Smith, and I’m the founder of Footello, your ultimate source for expert running, walking and podiatrist-reviewed footwear guidance. As an avid runner and podiatrist with over 7 years of experience, it is my life’s passion to help runners find the optimal shoes to meet their individual needs and keep feet happy and healthy.

Running & Podiatry Qualifications

As a practicing runner and podiatrist, I have extensive medical training and specializations related to foot health and footwears:

I stay up-to-date on foot health research through major podiatry journals like the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and attend conferences hosted by groups like the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Footello Mission

The mission driving Footello is to take the uncertainty out of shoe shopping by providing thoroughly researched podiatrist recommendations. My medical expertise allows me to perfectly match shoes to individual foot types, gaits, orthopedic conditions, and intended activities.

All reviews stem from hands-on wear testing and objective analysis – never sponsorships or ads. I have no financial stake in recommending certain brands. My goal is solely helping you find optimal footwear to improve comfort, alleviate pain, prevent injury, and enhance performance.

Media Featured

My shoe reviews and advice have been featured in major media outlets including:

I’m regularly quoted in footwear advice articles published on sites like Healthline, SpryFeet, and more. My perspectives on foot health and footwear have been featured in major news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.

My Personal Background

My own lifelong struggles with foot pain led me to podiatry and instilled the desire to help others find relief through proper footwear.

Despite custom orthotics, I battled injuries and discomfort throughout childhood that made sports nearly impossible. The constant pain opened my eyes to how dramatically footwear impacts movement. I dreamed of becoming “the shoe doctor” who could fit others with shoes transforming their pain into joyful movement like magic slippers.

Now with over a decade of podiatry experience, I combine my medical expertise with hands-on shoe testing to deliver reviews I wish I had access to years ago. I continually explore emerging footwear technologies and analyze hundreds of shoes to uncover what best serves each foot condition and goal.

It brings me immense joy whenever someone contacts me to share how a shoe I recommended finally allows them to exercise, play with their kids, or simply get through the day pain-free.

My Running Journey

My own running journey and constant battle with injuries led me to sports podiatry. Running has always been my passion, but constant knee pain and plantar fasciitis made training a challenge. Despite custom orthotics, I suffered injury after injury that hindered performance. I also dreamed of becoming the “running shoe doctor” who could eliminate foot pain and help people run freely.

Now with over a decade of podiatry experience focused on running injuries, I combine my medical expertise with first-hand testing and training to deliver the shoe reviews I always needed. I continually explore the latest shoe technologies and analyze options best suited for specific running needs.

It brings me such fulfillment whenever I receive notes from runners finally able to train pain-free in shoes I suggested. I’m dedicated to helping runners reach new heights by giving their feet what they truly need. Please reach out with any running or footwear questions!

Trusted Peer Perspectives

While my podiatry recommendations draw from over 7 years of first-hand experience, I also regularly consult with respected peers across specializations to ensure holistic perspectives.

My trusted colleagues include:

E. Charisse Dunn, D.P.M. – friend from podiatry school specializing in pediatrics and sports medicine.

Stephen Bui, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. – old classmate leading bunion surgery innovations.

Sophia Solomon, D.P.M. – wound care expert whose research I admire.

Asim Sayed, D.P.M., A.A.C.F.A.S. – veteran podiatrist whose wisdom I deeply respect.

Barbara Bergin, M.D. – orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower limb reconstruction.

Rebecca Pruthi, D.P.M. – biomechanics specialist focused on children’s feet.

Jennifer Gerres, D.P.M. – sports medicine podiatrist for elite athletes.

Jay Bhuta, D.P.M. – residency program director providing cutting-edge perspectives.

While these peers are not officially affiliated with Footello, I lean on their specialized expertise and value their perspectives when formulating holistic shoe recommendations. Conferring with well-regarded colleagues helps ensure I consider wide-ranging factors impacting foot health and function.

Please reach out with any footwear or foot health questions! I’m committed to providing trusted guidance backed by my extensive first-hand podiatry experience combined with respected peer insights.

Footello Vision

My ultimate goal is for Footello to be the leading destination for objective podiatrist-backed footwear guidance online.

I hope the in-depth reviews I provide allow you to confidently shop for shoes that make you forget about your feet altogether.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions! I do my best to respond promptly to reader and patient inquiries.

You can also find Footello actively posting footwear reviews, comparisons and foot health tips on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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