Do you enter the store, pick your shoes in a few minutes and leave? You have to re-think about the whole process. Stop looking for a fashionable pair that is with or without laces, high or low ankle and start prioritizing your health and comfort. Here are some tips before you decide which one is your perfect shoe. 

  • Shop for shoes after exercise or at the end of the day. This will help make sure that shoes feel comfortable when your feet are at their largest, hot and tired.

  • Try the shoes wearing the same type of sock that you will wear for the activity.

  • Have the shop assistant measure your feet every time you buy shoes, because your feet may become larger and wider as you age. It’s also common for one foot to be slightly bigger than the other.

  • Check that you can wiggle all your toes when wearing the shoes. Remember, you need room for your foot to move within the shoe as you walk or run.

  • The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. Don’t rely on ‘breaking them in’.

  • Walk or run a few steps in your shoes, to check they are comfortable.

  • Make sure the shoes grip your heel. Your heel should not slip in the shoes when you move.

  • Think about width as well as length. If the ball of your foot feels squashed, ask if the shoe comes in a wider size. Shoes that are a half-size larger — but not wider — may not help.

  • Feel the inside of the shoes to check for tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.

  • Examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to protect against harmful objects? Do they provide appropriate grip? Try to walk on both carpet and hard surfaces.

  • Some cheap shoes may have a higher value than those expensive ones, so take care of this point as well

 

If you play a sport, it’s a good idea to wear shoes designed for that sport. There are specific shoes designed for tennis, golf, soccer, football, netball, running, cycling and other sports. Each has a different design, material and weight to best protect feet against the stresses of the particular activity. 

A good tip when buying shoes is to take a tracing of your foot with you. If a shoe is narrower or shorter than the tracing, don’t even try it on specially if you like shoes without laces.

 

 

How shoes affect your feet, legs and joints

If your shoes are too tight, too loose or insufficiently supportive, your physical activity may place stress on your feet, ankles, lower legs and other joints. This ongoing pressure may contribute to pain and severe injuries later on.

Poor footwear choice can contribute to common sports injuries such as shin splints and Achilles tendon pain, corns and bunions, ingrown nails, or postural issues and lower back pain. Such injuries may significantly limit or stop your activity.

Choosing the right shoes can help avoid injury. Learn what can happen when you wear the wrong shoes:

  • The chance of injury can be increased if your shoes are not designed for your activity, the conditions, or suited to your body mass or foot mechanics. As an example, there are different requirement for beach versus road running.

  • Wearing the wrong shoe can exacerbate existing problems such as pain or arthritis in your hips, knees, ankles or feet.

  • Even a short duration in the wrong shoes can cause stress and pain to your bones and joints, and the soft tissues that support them. For example, if you regularly stand for long periods of time as part of your job.

  • Your shoes can make a significant impact on the way you walk, or your gait. The movement of your feet during each step affects how the rest of your body follows. When you step correctly, your heel makes contact with the ground first. Then, the arch rolls inward a little, allowing the ball of the foot and then the big toe to make contact. The heel then comes off the ground, which allows you to push off from the ball of your foot and big toe.

  • Some people’s arches roll inward too much, or not enough – either of which can impact how effectively your feet absorb shock. This can contribute to additional stress on other joints.

  • Some shoe types, including high heels and flip flops (‘thongs’), aren’t suited to activity.

 

Remember, the right shoe can help prevent, reduce or eliminate foot pain. A lack of pain has a huge impact on how well and easily you move. So, find the right shoe and get active!

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  • Aug 28, 2019
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