Shoe advice

A good shoe store has both soft flooring and hard flooring. Soft flooring sometimes gives a distorted image. Therefore, you should walk on both types of floors when trying on new shoes.

A skilled retailer likes you to fit several shoes. However, a shoe should fit right away. A shoe should not pinch because it will not run out, despite any other statements by the salesperson.
Be proactive when it comes to inform people of your foot problems, especially if you have diabetes or rheumatism so the retailer can measure your feet.

If you buy new shoes, pay particular attention to the following:

  • Ideally, buy shoes around noon. This is due to the possible thickening of your feet during the course of the day.
  • Make sure that the shoes are always longer than when you stand firmly on your feet. Your shoes should be at least a half to a full centimeter longer than your biggest toe. The extra space at your toes is required to roll your feet when walking. The foot becomes about one centimeter longer while unrolling. If your feet differ slightly in size, buy your shoes for the bigger foot. In case of large size difference, it might be possible to order a special pair. Obviously, this is more expensive than a normal pair of shoes, but cheaper than two pairs.
  • The shoes must have the correct width. The heel must be well encircled by the reinforced heel piece and the forefoot and toes must not be pinched.
  • The model of the shoe must correspond to the shape of the foot.
  • The toes must be able to lie freely and straight next to each other in the shoe, without being pushed out of their natural position.
  • When fitting, you might feel slight pressure, but after that they must feel comfortable. Shoes do not grow or shrink whatever a salesman says. If a shoe is too small, it will remain that way. However, shoes always adjusts slightly to the model of your feet and become more comfortable during use!
  • Always try both shoes and walk with them in the shop for a while. Take your time to buy your shoes. When in doubt, do not buy!
  • Buy shoes without seams on or near the forefoot. Stitching makes the leather less supple and can cause irritation to the toes. If the heels are too high, the forefoot will become overloaded with pressure. With a low heel, the pressure on the forefoot and the back foot is as equal as possible.
  • • For daily use, the maximum heel height is 2-3 cm. The higher the heels, the more the body weight rests on your forefoot. As a result, the forefoot becomes overloaded which can lead to unnecessary foot problems. It is best to keep the pressure on the fore and the hind foot as equal as possible.
  • Purchase pleasantly fitting hiking shoos for everyday use and fashion shoes that fit well only for special occasions.
  • The upper part of the shoe should not be out of synthetic material. For optimum ventilation, it is best to choose shoes with a leather upper part. The sole of the shoe may be made of different materials, as long as the shoe remains flexible.
  • The wider the heel of the shoe, the more stable you stand on the shoe. The firmer the reinforced heel piece, the less chance there is of the ankle swelling.
  • A common problem is a widened forefoot. In that case, one is often inclined to switch to a larger size shoe. However, this does not make the shoe fit better, it causes the foot to slide too much into the shoes. A solution to this problem is to buy shoes with a width measurement for the forefoot or a “sixtoe model”.
  • As a rule, lace-up shoes that enclose your foot entirely are the best and most comfortable shoes to wear.

When in doubt, do not buy. !!!

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