Buying new shoes can be a fraught time for many, how do you make sure that you have supportive, well-fitting footwear?
Take a look at our five tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet and save yourself from the disaster of expensive shoes languishing in the back of the wardrobe.
How many times have they looked good in the shop, and been uncomfortable within minutes at home? Or looked like a deal in the Sale, but crippled you when you wore them out?
Foot health is vital – for everyone – and taking care as a younger person will pay dividends later on in life. Choosing well-fitting metatarsalgia shoes that offer the correct support for your feet will ensure that you get wear from your shoes and that you do no damage
Check out your current footwear – draw around your feet, and, laying the templates onto the floor put your footwear, one pair at a time, on the templates. You will see that the most comfortable shoes closely mirror the shape of your feet.
When shopping consider the following five tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet:
- Shoe shop later in the day. Rather like not food shopping when you are hungry, there are good reasons for this; Your feet swell during the day – and you want to be able to wear your new shoes all day right? So, go shop for them when your feet are at their largest.
- Remember to take your socks if you intend to wear socks with them – or nylons if you intend to wear them. You need to be trying on the shoes wearing whatever you intend to wear in them. Sounds simple? You’d be amazed at how many people don’t do that!
- Get your feet measured – every time. We all agree that shoe sizing changes between brands, between shops, between pairs of the same shoes, but give yourself a run at it and get your feet measured every time. If one foot is larger then get the bigger pair and put an insole into the smaller, don’t go for the smaller and scrunch.
- If the shoes are not comfortable in any way at all in the shop don’t kid yourself. They will not ‘stretch’ to fit, or ‘walk-in’ and be comfortable. Even if they are the pair you have coveted all season, the last pair in the shop, on sale for 10% of the original price believe in the fact that if they aren’t comfortable in the shop they won’t feel any more comfortable after a day at the office, or a night on the dancefloor.
- Get your hand in the shoes! Often you will find an area that has been badly finished. A loose thread, jagged seam, sharp corner. Your feet may not tell you straight away, but your hand will. Your feet will tell you though if there is a sharp bit in the shoe or a badly finished seam. Send that pair back and get a different pair.
Even after following the five tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet, listen to your feet. Don’t let the shop assistant sell you a pair that your feet say are not comfortable – even if they are the right size. Try a larger size, or smaller, make sure that your feet feel comfortable and you can walk evenly – and walk onto a hard surface as well as a carpet one. These five tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet will guide you to making the right decision, but only you will know if they are really comfortable.