To help you choose the best shoes, right for you, FlipNFile has some practical tips and guides you can easily follow. Realising the perfect shoes you tried on in the shop are too painful or uncomfortable to wear is the worst, this happens when shape, size or material not being correctly selected or ill-fitting.
Socks - When buying shoes, try them on with the type of socks you think you would wear with them. Go shopping wearing them already or carry a pair in your bag.
￼Length - To avoid any rubbing, make sure your toes have room. Shoes should be approximately 1cm longer than your foot. Get a proper fitting. They will need to measure the length of your foot from the heel to the tip of your longest toe.
Width - At the broadest point, the shoe should be snug on your foot; this prevents chafing caused by your shoe rubbing. Make is no pressure points, if you can’t wiggle your toes, the shoes are too tight.
Depth - If you can still flex your foot, the depth of the shoe is right if you. The upper should not put pressure on the top of your foot, especially at the tip. Pressure can cause skin irritation such as blisters, nail problems and toe cramps.
Heels - Unstable heel let your foot slide around and makes your gait unbalanced, leading to arch pain and possibly blister. The shoe should fit firmly around your heel, especially in athletic shoes.
Insole - It’s essential to choose an insole or a specialised shoe with a shaped insole that can support your foot in the right places. Removable insoles are very practical. Your foot-care professional such as Podiatrist or Orthotic specialist, can advise on your individual needs. They can be removed to put in orthotic insoles. They can also be widened to allow for foot swelling during the day.
Lining - The shoe lining should be smooth, with no raised stitching or wrinkles; this will ensure you avoid any irritation or blisters.
Upper - It should be flexible and not restrict foot movement, whatever the material of the upper. Breathability is also important to consider, so your feet don’t overheat and produce odours.
Sole - Try to pick shoes that protect from stones or other objects on the ground that could hurt your foot too. The material of the sole should be lightweight, durable and have a good grip.
Fastening - When possible, choose shoes with laces, Velcro or buckles, so you can adjust the fit to suit your needs. Loose-fitting footwear will cause discomfort and most likely, blisters.
Size - Try on both shoes. People’s feet can be slightly different sizes, so its best to choose shoes that suit the larger foot. Make sure you stand up as your foot widens when you put your body weight on it. By the time we reach adulthood, our feet tend to be fully developed. Our foot size and shape can still change with age, medical conditions or pregnancy. The fit and the shape of the shoe makes a difference, so it’s best to choose a comfortable fit to accommodate your foot better.
Try Before You Buy - Put them on both feet and make sure you walk around the shop with the shoes both on. Make sure they are comfortable on both feet when walking in them.