Buy shoes that support your feet, not make them sore and tired. Buy comfortable shoes first and foremost, and if they are fashionable too that’s a bonus. Proper fitting shoes are so important to our happiness and health. We all have different foot shapes and therefore different needs. So the shoes that might work for you might not work for others.
Finding proper shoes that fit is one of the most essential tasks you can do to keep your feet and your body happy and healthy. Poorly fitting shoes may cause: blisters, bunions, corns and calluses, hammertoes, stress fractures, and a whole host of other foot ills. Even after you find the right shoes, remember that they will wear down over time and need to be replaced, usually every six months to one year of continual use.
So how do you find the right shoes? There are many authoritative web sites that you may consult to review the criteria you should consider when buying shoes.
Here’s what Canada’s Veteran’s Affairs tells us:
When buying shoes try this:
- Shop late in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day. You’ll get a better fit that way.
- Have both feet measured every time you buy shoes. One foot is often larger than the other. This is normal. Try on both shoes and buy them for the biggest foot.
- A properly fitting shoe should not allow the tips of your toes to touch the end of your shoe, cramp the width of your foot, or slip off the back of your heel. The front of the shoe should be roomy enough to wiggle your toes.
- Break in new shoes gradually to prevent blisters. Don't wear new shoes for more than 2 hrs. at a time. If necessary, protect sensitive parts of your feet with padding, such as using moleskin, band aids, blister block, padded walking socks, etc.
Look for good shoe construction:
- Wear shoes appropriate to the activity you’re doing. Wear sturdy shoes with good support for walking; steel-toed boots for heavy work to protect your feet from injury; jogging shoes for jogging; warm, waterproof boots for winter.
- The upper part of the shoe should be firm enough to provide support. The shoe should fasten securely.
- Heels should be a sensible height. A heel higher than 3 cm. ( or 1.25 inches) throws the body’s weight off centre leading to backaches and muscle cramps in the legs. If you do wear high heels, switch heel heights during the day to ease strain on legs and feet.
- Leather and canvas are the best materials as they are porous and take the shape of your foot.
- Insoles can be inserted in the shoe to absorb the jolts of walking.
- Soles should be strong and flexible and have a good gripping surface.
So the bottom line is this: following some common sense steps will help minimize your risk of shoe and foot problems.
If you have certain foot or ankle problems, then talk to your orthopedic foot and ankle doctor or consult with me your Reflexology Therapist! Do not sacrifice comfort for fashion. Your feet and overall health will thank you!