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How to Pick a Comfortable Shoe

Look at your shoes—what are you wearing? How do they feel? For women, If you’re wearing heels and are feeling pain, then you’re not doing it right. And for men, if you have on tight, narrow shoes that are suffocating your feet, you’re definitely doing something wrong. The shoes you choose to wear every day can directly affect your foot health!

Women: Choosing the right shoes for you

There are so many shoe styles to choose from for women, but which ones won’t hurt your feet? If you have ever felt pain and discomfort while wearing your shoes that is a clear sign that you are not wearing the right ones. Women often inflict more punishment and pressure on their fee than men, but that doesn’t need to be the case. 

When wearing improper footwear, women can develop foot problems that might have been avoided if they wore proper shoes. When choosing shoes, think of what activity you might be participating in and choose a shoe based on that. Remember to wear shoes that have ties, a vibram type composite sole and a relatively wider heel. In following these specifications, you can keep your feet healthy and pain-free. 

Men: Choosing the right shoe for you

Men’s shoes will be quite a bit different than what women wear. The best shoes for men tend to be an oxford style shoe, which is often associated with wing-tip or cap toe designs. Slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be a good option for men. It is also important for men to be cautious of their activities and what shoes would work best. 

When it comes to purchasing new shoes

When it comes to buying shoes, we have some tips that should help improve the process. The next time you’re at the shoe store, remember these important tips:

  • Measure your feet while standing straight.
  • Pay attention to the fit of your dominant foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that you need to break in.
  • Select a shoe with the correct amount of cushioning and flexibility. 
  • Don’t judge how a shoe fits by your last pair – shoe shape and fit is always changing .

The next time you’re at the store picking out new shoes, make sure you are choosing the right shoe for your activity—your feet will thank you! 

If you have any questions about the type of shoes you should be wearing to optimize your overall foot health, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our team of highly trained, friendly providers are here to answer your questions. If you are currently suffering from a foot ailment and not sure which direction to go in, schedule a consultation today to put your mind at ease! Foot & Ankle Associates offers several convenient locations in Mooresville, Huntersville, Denver, Charlotte and Concord.

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