Are you the type of person that likes to keep up with the trends without sacrificing the health of your feet? Do you enjoy yourself when buying fun and beautiful shoes, but you know very well it is not fun and definitely not beautiful, to have bunions and hammer-toes. Even a little corn or a blister has enough power to keep you off those beautiful fun shoes.
To get practical and trendy at the same time is not as complicated as it sound. So many brands have come a long way to cater to the this growing need that most ladies have, which is to “have shoes that are fun, beautiful and practical at the same time”. What I mean by being practical is that the shoe has to be what shoes were invented for, which is to “protect your feet”… I think most of us don’t even think about the definition of shoes when we are buying them, but seriously that is what the definition of a shoe is “It is a covering that protect the foot”. So many brands we admire have tossed that definition down the drain, and they have shoe collections that do the opposite of what shoes were invented for, by redefining the meaning of shoes to “a covering that destroys the feet”…
Five basic ways to make sure you are buying shoes that are good for you.
- Knowing your feet will help you in a long run; do you have low or high arch, wide or narrow feet, etc.
- A reason for buying that particular shoe. Are you going to be walking, running or sitting mostly when you are wearing a shoe you are going to buy. Keep in mind that shoes should have a flexible sole no matter what’s the occasion.
- Try on the shoes before buying (the pair, not just one shoe). Try fitting your feet with two or more sizes of the same style to get the best fit. (Myth is that once you’ve measured your feet, there is no need to try on shoes). Don’t forget to walk around on the hard surfaces while trying to see if that particular shoe fit you well.
- Buy shoes that fit you properly, if a shoe is big or small, please don’t buy. Don’t use your feet to stretch shoes or put stuffing of tissue paper to make a shoe fit.
- Last but not least, don’t just assume that all materials are good for you. Do a minor research on what materials are used to make the shoes you are buying. A material that breathes and conforms to your foot is the best.
More than 90 percent of foot injuries within US are linked to women who wear shoes that are killing their feet. There are several brands that stick to a basic definition (covering that protect your feet) of shoes and most of them have reasonable prices compared to the name brands that we gloat over. Seriously if you’ve seen some complication that some women encounter after foot construction surgeries, you’ll know very well you don’t want to follow on the same path.