Tips For Finding Comfortable, Supportive Shoes That Fit Correctly

Tips For Finding Comfortable, Supportive Shoes That Fit Correctly

One of the most important parts of keeping your feet healthy is wearing the right shoes. Although that may sound easy, it is actually more challenging than you might think. Trying to find shoes that fit correctly and that offer the right level of comfort can take a little bit of work.

To see just what makes a pair of shoes comfortable, try this experiment: take off your shoes and socks and stand on a sheet of paper. Using a pen or marker, draw an outline around each of your feet. Next, take each pair of shoes that you own and set them on top of the outline that you just created. Chances are, you will find that the shoes that you find the most comfortable to wear are the ones that are closest in size and shape to the actual outline of your foot.

On the other hand, the shoes that you find the most uncomfortable will most likely be smaller or narrower than your actual foot. For instance, women usually find that their pumps are far narrower than the outline of their foot, which is why they often pinch or restrict the feet, causing pain.

If you are ready to upgrade to more comfortable shoes, try using the following tips:

* Shop later in the day. As the day goes on, your feet begin to swell. This is particularly true when it is warm outside. By shopping during the afternoon or early evening, you are more likely to find shoes that will fit at any time of the day.

* Get a better fit by wearing socks that are similar to the ones that you plan on wearing with your new shoes on a regular basis.

* Ask the shoe salesperson to take measurements of both of your feet. Most people have feet that are slightly different in size. If one of your feet is bigger than the other, you should choose a shoe size that is appropriate for the bigger foot.

* Be sure to stand up when you are trying on the shoes. Check how much room you have at the front of the shoe in the standing position. Ideally, there should be enough wiggle room for your toes to move freely.

* Give the shoes a test run by walking around the store. How do they feel on your feet? Do they slip or slide at the heel? Do they provide enough cushioning? Do they rub on any parts of your feet? Orthotic Shop advise that you never buy shoes with the thought that they will feel more comfortable after they are broken in or after they have a chance to stretch out. Instead, look for shoes that are comfortable to wear right out of the gate.

*Focus more on how comfortable the shoes are rather than on what size they are. Different shoe manufacturers often have slightly different sizing. Also, avoid falling for marketing claims. Just because a company claims that their shoes are comfortable doesn't necessarily mean that they actually are.

* Check for any seams or tags inside the shoe that could rub on your skin, resulting in sores or blisters.

* Inspect the soles of the shoes. Ideally, they should be thick enough that they will protect your feet from anything sharp that you might step on. They should also have plenty of built-in cushioning. When trying on the shoes, make sure to find a hard surface to walk across. This will help you test whether or not they adequately cushion your feet.

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