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10 Tips For Finding The Right Shoes

When shopping for shoes, you want to have more than footwear fashion in mind, you need to consider function and keeping your feet in good shape!

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Our top 10 tips for finding the right shoes

When shopping for shoes, you want to have more than fashion in mind, you also want to consider function and keeping your feet in good shape – So here are our 10 tips for choosing the right shoes.

Take A Tracing Of Your Foot With You

When buying shoes, take a tracing of your foot with you

Place any shoe you think you might buy on top of the tracing, if the shoe is narrower or shorter than the tracing, don’t even try it on.

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Shop For Shoes During The Afternoon

Shop for shoes during the afternoon

Your foot naturally expands with use during the day so wear the same type of socks to the store that you intend to wear with the shoes.

Have A Salesperson Measures Both Your Feet

Have a salesperson measure both of your feet

Get measured every time you buy new shoes because your feet change with age, often growing larger and wider. If one foot is larger than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.

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Stand In New Shoes

Stand in the shoes

Press gently on the top of the shoe to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This provides enough room for your foot to press forward as you walk. And make sure that you can wiggle your toes to make sure there’s enough room.

Walk Around In The New Shoes To See How They FeelWalk around in the shoes to determine how they feel

Is there enough room at the balls of the feet when you walk? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don’t rationalise that the shoes just need to be broken in, find shoes that fit and are comfortable.

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Trust Your Own Comfort Level

Comfort Level Shoes - How Do They Feel?

Sizes vary between manufacturers and no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you’re the real judge so trust your comfort level.

Pay Attention To Length As Well As The Width

If the ball of your foot feels compressed in a particular shoe, ask if it comes in a wider size. Buying shoes that are a half-size bigger — but not any wider — won’t necessarily solve the problem. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.

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Examine The Soles

Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Do they have good arch support? Take note of how they feel as you walk around the shoe store. Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoes feel.

And remember, as you grow and age, so do your feet and in particular, the arches. If you start to get backache, the chances are that your arches have begun to deteriorate or collapsed!  So get yourself off to a local chiropractor and buy some rigid arch insoles which will re-balance your posture.

So there you have it, simple tips to find great, fashionable footwear!

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