What should you wear this spring? According to the New York fashion shows, lots of ruffles, see through fabrics, and clothes that look like they are falling off your body in tatters. As for your shoe choices, they should have pencil thin heels as tall as possible, and either spindly straps or toes so pointed you could pick a lock with them. Well, it’s your choice: do you want style, or do you want feet that don’t hurt?
Choosing shoes that are good for feet may be hard for you, but so is going through life with painful bunions, hammertoes, and arch or heel pain. We know which one we would pick! Here are some characteristics you should look for when buying your next pair of shoes to save your feet a lifetime of discomfort:
- Room for your toes. Summer sandals and open-toe shoes give you a little leeway (and fresh air—which is a good thing). Closed-toe shoes, however, need to match the shape of your foot and allow your toes to lie flat and straight without being pinched or forced out of position.
- Low heels. Fortunately, we did see a few new shoe styles that had heels around two inches tall and a chunkier shape to give you more stability.
- Sturdy construction. The shoe should bend in the toe area, but not in the shank under the arch. The rounded backs should not collapse when pinched and be high enough to cradle the heel and not slip off.
- Adjustable openings are a plus. Uppers should slip on easily and expand to fit your foot—even when it swells slightly by the end of the day. It is better to have some sort of strapping over the foot to hold a shoe in place than to have to clench your toes with every step to keep it from dropping off.
- If you use custom orthotics, removable insoles are a must or your feet won’t fit. Height of the toe box is especially important if you suffer from corns or toe deformities.
We can help you with lots of other tips for what to look for when shoe shopping, such as activity-specific shoes and best materials. Contact the office of Yuko Miyazaki, DPM in Berkeley, CA at (510) 647-3744 or connect with us using our online form. You can also check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for more foot care information.