When we go to buy shoes, we need to take into account more factors than just fashion. We want our feet to be in good condition and avoid injury or pain when walking, especially if there are chronic diseases affecting the foot.
From the blog aimed at patients from the Harvard School of Medicine, here are 10 tips that can be very useful when it comes to choosing a new pair of shoes:
Save time with a silhouette
Bring a profile of your foot. Compare any shoe you look to buy with this profile. If the shoe is narrower or shorter than the outline of your foot, don’t even try it on.
Try them in the afternoon
Go to buy shoes in the afternoon, your foot tends to expand naturally with activities during the day.
Socks or regular stockings
Wear the same type of socks in the store when you try it on as what you are actually going to wear daily.
Get ready for a change of number
The feet change with age, often becoming longer and wider. If one foot is bigger than the other, buy the size that corresponds with your largest foot.
Evaluate the interior space
Try both shoes and stand on them. Gently press the tip of the shoe to make sure that there is something more than one centimeter of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. This provides enough space for the foot to go forward when you walk. Move your fingers to make sure that you have enough space.
From the beginning
Walk around with shoes to have a good impression of how you feel. Do you have enough space in the area prior to the fingers? Do heels conform or are they too loose or tight? Don’t believe in too much the saying that you have to break in new shoes. Find shoes that fit you well from the beginning.
Comfort: something very personal
You rely on your own level of comfort instead of the size or description of the shoe. Sizes vary depending on the manufacturer. And no matter how comfortable that advertising says these shoes are, the one who decides whether they are comfortable or not is the consumer.
The width also matters
Pay attention to the width, too. If you notice that the shoe compresses the front toes (ball of the foot), ask the shop assistant if there is a wider choice, buy a larger size, if they do not increase in width, it still will not solve the problem.
What happens inside?
Feel the inside of shoes to examine if there are any labels, sewing or other material that might irritate your foot.
Soles: don’t forget them
Evaluate if they are sturdy enough to protect your feet from sharp objects, or if they have sufficient capacity to absorb the impact of your walk. Take note of how the by walking around the store. Try walking on hard surfaces, in addition to carpeted floor, to feel how the shoes work on both.