Have you ever bought a pair of shoes you thought were comfortable only to wear them for a day and find your feet aching? At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Gabriel Maislos understands the importance of finding comfortable, suitable footwear. Here are some tips for finding the perfect pair of shoes.
Shop for shoes in the evening
You may think it’s a good idea to shop for shoes in the morning when your feet feel their best. But it’s actually a better idea to shop for shoes in the evening. Throughout the day, your feet swell. Even if you have a sedentary job, your feet can swell by as much as 5.7%.
It’s a good idea to shop for shoes when your feet are at their largest. Additionally, after a day of motion, your feet may ache, which will help you notice which shoes are the most comfortable and offer you the most support.
If you’re shopping for specialty shoes, such as athletic shoes or shoes with heels, you may want to shop after completing the activity you will be using the shoes for. For example, try on athletic shoes after a long run, or try on heels after a social event.
Bring the shoe accessories you intend to use
When shopping for shoes, you should bring the accessories you intend to use with your new shoes. For most people, this means bringing socks. If you plan to use the shoes during warm and cold weather, bring thick and thin socks so you can make sure your feet are comfortable in the shoes with both.
If you wear orthopedic inserts, bring them so you can put them in the shoes you try on.
Measure both feet
Many people have one foot that is a different size than the other. You can have one foot that is half a size or even a full size larger than the other. Because of this, it’s important to measure both feet. If your feet are within one shoe size of each other, you should shop for your larger foot.
However, if your feet have a significant size difference — usually one and a half sizes or more — you should consider shopping for different sized shoes to get the proper fit for each foot.
Consider the overall fit
Shoe length is only one measurement. You should also consider the width, height, and overall shape of the shoes you are considering purchasing. For instance, a shoe might feel comfortable regarding length and height, but it may rub uncomfortably along your ankle when you flex your foot.
This is why it’s important to try shoes on before purchasing. If you shop online, make sure the store has a good return policy. The shoe should not rub uncomfortably against any area of your foot. It should feel secure and supportive.
Give the shoes an adequate test
People often try on shoes sitting down. They might stand up and take a step or two, but that’s usually about it. It’s important to test shoes in a more realistic way. Before making a purchase, you should walk around the store in your shoes several times.
If they are athletic shoes, try jumping or light jogging. This will give you a better impression of how the shoes will feel during everyday use. It will also allow you to notice any spots where the shoes may rub against your skin.
If you’re having trouble finding the right pair of shoes, make an appointment online or over the phone with Houston Foot and Ankle Care to get the help you need.