Buying and Fitting Shoes

Considerations for Buying and Fitting Shoes:

  • Shoes with soles made of flexible, cushioned, non-slip materials help to absorb shock and provide traction
  • The upper of the shoe should be made of a natural breathable or vented material to prevent build-up of moisture in the shoe.
  • Heels should be low (under 3cm)
  • Shoes with a fastening mechanism such as laces or Velcro keep the foot in place in the shoe and allow for adjustment for swelling as the day progresses.
  • Match the basic shape of the shoe to the shape of the foot (rounded, square, pointed).
  • Shoes with a strong heel counter cup and support the heel and help stabilize the foot.
  • Inspect the interior of the shoes for wrinkles or prominent seams which can cause blisters or sores.
  • When trying on a shoe, make sure that the width and the length are appropriate. When standing, the forefoot should reach from side to side without stretching the upper of the shoe and the longest toe should be one centimeter from the end of the shoe.
  • Ensure that the shoe has enough depth to accommodate toes without pressure.
  • The proper fitting shoes will feel roomy and comfortable from the beginning.

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