Barrie Foot Clinic
Shoe Buying Guide
It is, regrettably, time to put away the sandals and take out the shoes. That being said, it is a good time to take a look at the footwear you and your family are wearing to ensure you are taking proper care of your feet and body. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot ailments.
The first step is to inspect the shoes you have. Inspect the shoes and look for signs of wear, particularly in the sole. It is important that the soul provides a solid base and traction support. Uneven wear of the sole can be a sign of a foot condition that can usually be corrected with prescribed orthotics. Please contact our office for more information.
Here are ten tips for buying shoes that fit properly:
- The size of your feet changes as you grow older so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest. Be sure to be standing when your feet are measured. Feet can enlarge 2 sizes from sitting to standing.
- Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.
- Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.
- Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.
- During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.
- Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
- Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.
- Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping - the shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk.
- Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Then take them home and spend some time walking indoors to make sure the fit is a good one.
- The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot. Shoes made of leather can reduce the possibility of skin irritations. Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces. Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.
If you have corrective orthotics, follow the procedures listed above with the orthotic devices inserted into the shoe. It is important that the shoe and orthotic work together.