According to the New York Times, roughly 75 percent of Americans will have to deal with foot pain at some point in their lives. Feet take a lot of pressure throughout the day.
Low-quality or simply unsuitable shoes can cause annoying troubles such as calluses. Moreover, they can cause much more serious problems like vein, joint, muscle and even spine diseases. Therefore, make sure the shoe has the right length and width before buying one.
Do not buy shoes in the mornings: legs tend to swell slightly in the evenings, and shoes acquired in the morning may seem tight. Make sure that the shoe fits perfectly in size: it fits your foot tightly, but does not squeeze it. Tight shoes can cause blood circulation disorders, ingrown nails or bending fingers. Shoes that are loose on your feet are not recommended either as they will keep the leg muscles constantly stressed.
Experts recommend to try on both shoes when fitting. Stand in the shoes and press gently on the top of the shoe to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This provides enough room for your foot to press forward as you walk. Wiggle your toes to make sure there's enough room. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel.
Choose shoes that have flexible and soft enough insole. Bend the shoes. Quality footwear has an insole that easily bends while the top of the shoe does not deform too much. The best choice for everyday wear is the shoe that has a small wide heel.
Shoe material also plays a huge role when choosing a pair. Shoes made of natural material will allow the skin of your feet breathe in any season. We recommend shoes made of grain leather, nubuck, and suede. Shoes made from leatherette can be dangerous to health, especially if they are summer shoes. Temperature fluctuations make various chemical components of this material interact with the skin of the feet. In addition, shoes from leatherette do not allow airflow. As a result, you can get diaper rash or fungal diseases. If you still buy shoes from artificial materials, make sure that at least the shoe lining is made of grain leather or textiles. Also pay attention to the insole material. Ideally, it should absorb unpleasant odors, remove moisture and kill bacteria.
Different shoes are appropriate for different activities. The important thing is that you know your lifestyle, and pick footwear that fits within it.