Blisters, calluses, and chafing-ouch! We’ve all had an ill-fitting pair of shoes at some point in our lifetime. Sore feet can rob us of doing the activities that we love and accomplishing our daily goals. If you are ending your day with throbbing feet and the aforementioned ailments, chances are you aren’t donning the best shoes for the job. Following a few pieces of advice when shoe shopping may help alleviate these issues and aid you in finding the best pair of shoes for your feet.
How and When to Shop
If you are still wearing the same shoe size you have been wearing your entire life, have your feet measured. Your foot is more than just a number. Make sure you are choosing the right size and width to begin your shoe shopping experience. Measure your feet in the afternoon, when swelling is at its peak. This is also a great time of day for trying on potential shoe purchases. If one of your feet measures slightly larger or smaller than the other, look for shoe sizes to fit the larger foot.
Use Your Shoe Size as a Guideline
Now that you are armed with the correct size information, you have a starting point for sizes to try on. Don’t limit yourself to the number on the box. Each style and brand of shoe may be slightly different in how they fit so start with your suggested shoe size and move up or down a size as needed. Try both shoes on and key in on how they feel on your feet. Focus on comfort and support.
What Not to Wear (or Buy)
If you feel any pinching, squeezing, or friction when testing out a pair of shoes, walk on by. Don’t buy a pair of shoes thinking they may stretch to fit your foot over time. Chances are they will always feel as uncomfortable as they did when you first tried them on, and they will probably sit in your closet in the box they came in. Make sure your foot doesn’t slide around inside the shoe, but is comfortably cradled and supported, while ensuring the back of the shoe doesn’t ride up and down against your heel when walking. The widest part of the shoe should be where the balls of your feet rest and you should allow about approximately 3/8” to ½” wiggle room from your tallest toe so as not to invite pinching and friction.
Be Your Best You!
In the end, your shoes are your first line of defense against foot and lower body health issues. Many common foot ailments like plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses, corns and toe abnormalities may be alleviated, or even prevented, by your choice of footwear. You want to find high quality supportive shoes that protect your feet from the wear and tear of everyday life so that you can face each day with reinforced energy and determination.