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
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.
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
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.
Stand In New 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 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.
Trust Your Own Comfort Level
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.
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.