How to Choose Shoes?

Shoe wear is also an important part of one’s attire. One has to select a shoe that is comfortable and fits well. It should not aggravate a health problem. Ones’s weight, shape of his or her feet, skin tone all these have to be taken into consideration while selecting a pair of shoes.

Apart from matching the shoes with one’s dress one should also look for durability,its comfort level and its brand name. How much one uses a shoe, on what surface, these issues need to be taken into consideration.

What should look one look at while purchasing a shoe?

  • A good leather product. Cheaper canvas is fine for fast growing children
  • Soles should be strong and flexible with a good gripping surface
  • Insoles should be cushioned to absorb jolts while walking on hard surface
  • Arch supports distribute weight over a wide area. Rigid shanks also give added support
  • High heels should not be worn for too long. They make the back ache
  • They should fit comfortably
  • Have the shoes stretched if they are too tight
  • Go shoe shopping late in the afternoon. Feet swell to their largest then
  • Size depends upon the shoe make and style
  • The toe box should be roomy enough so that you can wiggle your toe
  • Your forefoot should not be wider than your shoe
  • If you cannot find shoe that fits you, then ask doctor for advice

Different types of feet:

  • The Normal Foot

    – These are normal-sized and will leave a wet footprint that has a flare,but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a broadband. The normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb shock. Best shoes for these are stability shoes with moderate control features.

  • The High-Arched Foot

    – This leaves a print showing a very narrow band or no band at all between the forefoot and the heel. A curved, highly arched foot is generally supinated or underpronated. Because it doesn’t pronate enough, it’s not usually an effective shock absorber. Best shoes are cushioned (or ‘neutral’) shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion control or stability shoes, which reduce foot mobility.

  • The Flat Foot

    -This has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole sole of the foot. It usually indicates an overpronated foot – one that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards (pronates) excessively. Over time, this can cause many different types of overuse injuries. Best shoes are motion control shoes, or high stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation.

  • One should select shoes carefully

    . One should not be casual in ones’s approach while purchasing them. One should deliberate much before one invests in a pair of shoes.