How to pick the right shoes?
The shoes you wear can make you feel comfortable… or they can leave you wincing in pain….
In a survey by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Association (AOFAS), more than 75% of women had some kind of foot pains due to wrong selection of shoes. Foot pain is simply a sign that you need a pair of good shoe.
“Buying the right shoes” can be one of the most important health decisions you make. We really need to take care of our feet because our feet support us under the pressure of 3 times of body weight. We walk more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime – that’s more than 4 times the earth’s circumference. People should take seriously about how to select their shoes.
How to select “appropriate” shoes for yourself ?
1. Shoe Fitting
Shoe fitting is the most important in keeping your feet healthy. It is important to allow ½ inch of space between your longest toe and shoe front. As a result, you can extend all your toes. Please also ensure that the widest part of your foot corresponds with the widest part of the shoe. Take a test stroll across the store to verify that the shoe flexes when you walk, and that your heel doesn't slip in and out.
getting your feet measured properly. Your feet may well have increased in size
as you age. Because both feet are often different in sizes, you should measure
both feet and always fit to the larger size. In addition, be aware that your
feet are larger at the end of the day due to activities.
2. Inner Cushion
Because the fat padding of foot bottom always thins out over time, older women may find that this problem increases with their age. Therefore, it is important to check the quality of cushion inside the shoe. Examine cushion materials by pressing it hard with your figures. Is it thick enough? Is it soft and bouncy? Be aware that most cushions would be lost its softness over time and should be replaced if the cushion no longer bounces back when you press on it.
3. Shoe Out-sole
Firstly, with one hand on the heel and the other on the toe, try to bend the shoe. If it doesn't flex, it's probably too stiff. Secondly, you should examine slipperiness of the shoe. Place the shoe on the floor and push it forward… is there any resistance? Shoes with poor tread design or smooth bottoms can lead to slips and falls.
4. How to choose “High Heel” Shoes
Though it’s not easy, it is still possible to find an appropriate “High Heel shoe” for yourself. There are three important aspects in choosing the right “High Heel shoes”. Firstly, you need to make sure that the shoe really fits well due to the stresses of wearing heels. Try to avoid the shoes if there are gaps between your feet and the shoes. It is an important indication that a shoe is either too long or too wide.
Secondly, stability is another key issue. The heel must be strong and hold your body weight stably. The arc support of the shoe should also perfectly matches to your foot arc. Make sure your body weight is spread evenly on your foot arcs. Avoid the shoes if your foot slides forward and body pressure forces onto your front toes.
Avoid pressure mainly against to your front toes. The body weight should be spread evenly against the foot arc.
Thirdly, people with heavier builds should look at platforms or thicker heels to keep things looking balanced and proportional. Styles with a slight platform under the toe area tend to be more comfortable as they minimize the angle and pressure on the ball of the foot. The chunkiness of the shoe's heel is preferable to a stiletto heel because it is more stable.
The most important test of all is completely subjective: Are they comfortable? Just try on the shoes. Take a test stroll across the store to verify that the shoe is comfortable when you walk, and that your heel doesn't slip in and out.