10 Tips For Buying Shoes That Are Good For Your Feet

Running, walking, standing, hiking, biking, etc. If it involves your feet then you’ll be wearing shoes. We buy them for the look, to match an outfit or to feel comfortable at work. But how many of us actually buy shoes that are good for our feet? Do we give any thought to the feet that support us throughout the day and how we can support them in return?

Common foot problems such as bunions, corns, and the very painful plantar fasciitis result from or are aggravated by, poor and ill-fitting shoes.

At Achilles Foot Care, we see many people with avoidable foot problems walk through our doors — in some cases limping through the doors.

With this in mind, we put together a list of 10 tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet.

1. Go shoe shopping in the afternoon

Our feet expand with use. If you’re standing or walking all morning, then your feet will be bigger by the afternoon. Your feet need the comfort of that extra fit, so we recommend shopping for shoes when your feet are at their full size.

2. Wear the usual socks

Always put on the socks you wear when doing your daily routine. They’re the ones you need when fitting new shoes, not the ones you only wear on special occasions.

3. Look to the sole

The sole of the shoe is where all the action happens. It takes the constant pounding of the sidewalk and gives you support as you walk. Feeling every bump and crack puts pressure on your legs and joints. Choose a shoe with a sole that can take the strain.

4. Stand up

It’s vital to put max pressure on the feet by standing up in the store. The feet spread with the force of your weight, and the full size needs to match the fit.

5. Get sizing help

Don’t guess your shoe size, or go by the ones you usually wear. Ask a salesperson to measure your feet, both of them as they can differ slightly, and remember to stand when they’re doing it.

6. Leave space at the front

We recommend you leave at least half an inch at the front of the shoe for your comfort. Otherwise, the shoe may tighten as you walk, causing pain and blistering. It won’t improve with time.

7. Try them both on for size

Often a pair of shoes won’t match both of your feet. This can be due to a difference in foot size, or shape, between your two feet. Ask the salesperson for both shoes. Walk around and get a feel for them. What may be great when standing, may not be so good when walking.

8. Feel the width

Measure the width of your foot, too, and always test how the new shoes feel there when walking. A shoe may fit perfectly heel to toe, but you may have a problem if it’s too tight over the center.

9. Use your judgment

You’re the one wearing the shoes. Don’t be led by the salesperson or the poster on the wall of the model looking fabulous in the shoes. If you don’t feel comfortable in the shoes, then don’t buy them.

10. Remember that shoes don’t change

Neither will your feet. Take all of the above tips into account and remember that the shoes won’t stretch or grow with use. They won’t become comfortable overnight.  Buy shoes that are right for your feet from day one.

Call before you shop

At Achilles Foot Care, we know about feet and the problems of wearing the wrong footwear. Dr. Roberto can help you if you have sore feet or bad walking habits. Why not visit us before going to buy those new shoes? Call today or book online to schedule an appointment.

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