Style is usually the number one reason why we choose a pair of shoes. The most important quality in a shoe that the majority of us overlook is comfort. Everyone’s foot is shaped differently so finding a good fitting shoe is essential. Here are some recommendations from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that will help you find footwear that reduce the risk of foot problems:
Have both feet measured every time you purchase shoes. Your foot size increases as you get older.
Women should not wear a shoe with a heel higher than 2 1/4 inches.
Try on new shoes at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell and become larger after standing or sitting during the day.
Shoes should be fitted carefully to your heel as well as your toes.
Try on both shoes.
There should be 1/2-inch space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
Fit new shoes to your largest foot. Most people have one foot larger than the other.
Walk around in the shoes to make sure they fit well and feel comfortable.
Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge a shoe by how it fits on your foot not by the marked size.
When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
If the shoes feel too tight. don’t buy them. There is no such thing as a “break-in period.”
Most high heeled-shoes have a pointed. narrow toe box that crowds the toes and forces them into an unnatural triangular shape. As heel height increases, the pressure under the ball of the foot may double, placing greater pressure on the forefoot as it is forced into the pointed toe box.