The worst thing about DAFOs, we quickly discovered, is finding shoes that work with them. The day my daughter got them we had a wedding reception to attend and we ended up finding some sandals at a store on the way there. None of her shoes from before were even close to fitting over the DAFOs. The braces make her foot much larger and her ankle can't bend to fit most regular shoes over her foot anyway.
Thankfully, since then I've recieved some great suggestions from others on how to find great footwear that works well with with DAFOs. Some parents have had good success with various kinds of sandals especially Crocs. So we've got some of those for the summer months.
The best all around "DAFO shoes" we've found are Hatchbacks. They are shoes made with breakaway sections toward the rear of the shoe. Thanks to these breakaway sections, when inserting the foot, the shoe bends to fit instead of the ankle. This is great because that ankle is held stationary by the brace. Once the foot is inside the shoe, the breakaway sections are held together with velcro.
The style we've bought for our daughter is made of real leather and look pretty nice. They come in various styles for boys and girls and we'll be buying more as we have the money. Pricing is the biggest issue I have with Hatchbacks. Most pairs run close to $50. But to have shoes that fit well with DAFOs and look good, it's worth the price. They've also held up pretty well with my daughter's active (she never sits still) lifestyle. So far no real signs of wear in the couple months she's been wearing them.
At the top of this post you'll see a photo of the Hatchbacks style my daughter wears nearly every day. To see more styles and pricing visit http://www.hatchbacksfootwear.com/.