What is the best shoe to wear?

The ideal shoe Shoes play a vital role in helping to supporting and protecting our feet. There is no

Ray Nguyen

November 15, 2022

The ideal shoe

Shoes play a vital role in helping to supporting and protecting our feet. There is no such thing as the perfect shoe. Just like our feet shoes come in many different shapes and sizes. It’s also vital that you have the right shoe for the activity you’re doing whether that’s work or sport.

Importance of properly fitting shoes

Shoes that fit well are an important part of looking after your feet. This may mean having to try a variety of different styles to accommodate your foot shape e.g. If you have a wide foot. It is not uncommon for your feet to be different sizes; as such it is important to fit your shoes to the larger foot. Shoe sizes can vary between brands and styles and it best to go with what feels most comfortable.

People with more complex conditions, such as diabetes or previous injuries to their feet may require wider or deeper shoes. Custom made shoes are also an option and may be required in some cases.

Your podiatrist or an experienced footwear salesperson can help to point you in the right direction.

Tips when buying shoes

·       The upper of a shoe can impact on comfort greatly. Leather is common however may not be as durable as synthetic materials or accommodating of any deformities

·       Shoes should be held on by laces, straps or buckles. Loose or improperly fitting shoes can strain the muscles in your feet

·       Ensure the shoes have a well-padded sole to help absorb shock and reduce pressure on the feet

·       Your toes shouldn’t touch the end of your shoes; this can injure your nails and toes. A gap of about a thumb width from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe is ideal

·       If you wear orthotics; bring them with you when trying new shoes to ensure they work well and are comfortable

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