Guide to finding fabulous shoes that won’t hurt your feet
As a lady, you can definitely relate to coming across a stylish pair of shoes that didn’t hurt when you tried them on in the store but did after you wore them all day long, leaving your feet raw and throbbing.
Right from the start, you should look out for well-made and comfortable shoes rather than try to make a pair of bad shoes manageable using inserts and Band-Aids. That doesn’t mean you should compromise style though as you will still find several comfortable on-trend flats, heels, and boots if you check the right stores.
Expert podiatrists have provided us with the following tips for finding shoes that are both stylish and comfortable.
- Check the features
According to Dr. Hillary Brenner, a shoe expert from New York, the toe box and arches of a shoe lets you know whether a shoe’s quality is good or not. The toe box has to bend a bit upward and you shouldn’t be able to bend the shoe into two complete halves. Also, it’s good for the shoe’s heel to be as wide as possible.
- Be sure of your size
You should double-check to know your actual size as feet tend to change over time. Brenner advises that you should have your feet measured towards the close of the day as they often become a bit larger as a result of swelling.
Dr Taryn Rose, a shoe designer who was once an orthopedic surgeon, points out that knowing the width of your foot is just as important as knowing the length. She gives this tip “place your feet on a sheet of white paper and trace it with a pen. Then place on the outline, the shoe you desire. Don’t buy the shoe if it’s more than a half inch slimmer than your foot because it will be too tight.”
- Keep it soft
Rose advises that you look out for shoes whose uppers are soft and flexible and that move seamlessly with your feet rather than against them. She recommends going for soft leather material that allow your feet a breathing room. Also, leather lining is able to absorb moisture, which is very important.
If you don’t like leather or suede, Brenner recommends going for certain faux leathers. You just have to stay away from hard leathers that dig into your feet, clawing at the bones.
- Don’t go too low or too high
The height of your heel also matters, Brenner says, flats with no heel can be as hard as skyscraper stilletos. Maximum height should be two inches or two and a half inches, when you go top low, your feet hits the pavement without the support of any shock absorption.
Of course, you can wear your sky-high stilletos or boots when you feel like. The key is just to be moderate about it, switch shoes regularly. According to Brenner, wearing shoes is similar to dieting, in that while we count calories for the latter, we count hours for the former. Stilettos should be worn a maximum of one to two hours.
Your feet will surely appreciate your sticking to these guidelines.