Purchasing the right shoes is investing in healthy feet. But how can you find shoes that fit well and provide enough support for your feet?
Begin by looking at your feet and then check what’s in your closet. Stand on a piece of paper without putting on any shoes and trace the shape of your feet. Now pick all your shoes one at a time and place them on the drawing. Like most people, the shoes that are “comfortable” will match the outline of your feet closely.
Identify the shoes that cause you to experience pain. For women, most of these are high heels or those with narrow toes. Confirm if the toe of the shoe seems shorter or narrower than your toes.
When you feel like you want to replace your uncomfortable shoes, the following tips can help you pick shoes that you’ll feel comfortable in.
Shop for shoes in the afternoon – during the day your feet expand naturally as you use them, and swell when the weather is hot.
Put on the same kind of socks you’d like to wear together with that footwear.
Ensure your feet are measured – and make this a habit every time you’re purchasing new shoes. In case you have a wider or longer foot, buy a shoe that fits the larger one.
Stand when you put the shoes on. Leave at least half an inch of space between the end part of the shoe and the longest toe.
Take a walk with the shoes to feel them. Is there sufficient room at the balls of your feet? Do the heels slip off or pinch? Don’t assume that the shoes will expand and begin to fit you perfectly with time. Pick fitting shoes from the start rather than hoping they’ll begin to fit you later on.
Trust your comfort rather than the shoe size description. Sizes usually vary depending on the manufacturer. You’re the real judge, even if an advertisement insists that the shoes are comfortable.
Make sure you feel the inside of the shoes, to check if they have any material that can irritate or cause blisters to your feet.
Turn the shoes around and have a look at the soles. Are they firm enough to protect you from sharp objects? Do they cushion your feet? Walk around to test the sole and feel if the soles cushion against impact as you walk. Walk on the carpet and hard surfaces to feel the shoe.
Don’t forget about your slippers. If you spend a lot of time walking around the house your slippers shouldn’t be overlooked, arch support slippers will ensure that your feet have the support they need and stay as comfortable as possible.