It can be frustrating when a brand new (or any) pair of shoes becomes uncomfortable after a few hours of wear. There are many options available to you no matter what part of the shoe is uncomfortable.
Everyone has feet that are slightly different sizes. Most people have feet that are close enough that a pair of shoes will fit either foot. However, if there is a greater difference in size between your feet, one shoe may fit wonderfully and the other may have uncomfortable spots like a tight toe box or being too low over the instep. Shoe stretchers are an accessory that stretches out all the tight parts of your leather shoes. These are different from the standard shoe tree which preserve the shape of the shoe because they apply extra pressure on the shoe. This extra pressure can give you a little more wiggle room for your toes or ease the pressure off your instep.
Even if shoes fit well there may be smaller areas that need to be stretched. Some stretchers come with extra inserts that can add a little extra room in very specific areas. This added area can keep your shoes from producing irritating bunions; hammertoes, corns, or calluses.
Maybe your shoes don’t rub your feet the wrong way but they are still not as comfortable as they can be. Insoles are good options for extra cushioning or support to add to the comfort of your shoes. Insoles have two purposes; the first is to provide extra cushioning where it is needed and the second is to provide support for the heels and arches of the foot. Most people benefit from insoles that combine these two purposes in one insole.
Poor foot mechanics, such as high arches, fallen arches, rolling the foot inwards or outwards can all lead to a great deal of lower body pain. Orthotics are specialized insoles that are designed to support the arch and heel of the foot and prevent any unnecessary movement. Orthotics are a great option to use during exercise to provide the most support when the feet are undergoing the most amount of stress.
Shoe Comfort Aids
The final way to make your shoes more comfortable is to add smaller more specialized inserts. Well-fitting shoes may not need more cushioning but they may fall short in supporting your arch. An arch insert would correct this problem without adding any other unnecessary material.
For pain that isn’t in your arches but is in the balls of your foot, there are many pads to try. There are some that can be placed inside your shoes or other that can be worn under your socks in any pair of shoes.
High heels are a well-known source of foot pain but there are ways around that. With heel inserts you can ease the pain of high heels by correcting the stressful position that these shoes create for your foot. Even if you don’t wear high heels you may still need a little cushioning under your heels. Heel cups will add a little extra cushioning as well as correcting any postural problems stemming from improper alignment of the foot bones.
With your feet being such a valuable asset to you, make sure you take proper care of their health and comfort.