Guidelines For the right Shoe Fit

Aug 9th, 2011

Most often you may end up buying incorrect pair of shoes that may not only burn your wallet but also hurt your feet. Using such inappropriate shoes will increase your foot problems and cause foot ailments. Such foot problems can be prevented from happening by wearing the right pair of shoes. The foot wear may vary depending on the activity, foot type and body type.

As a first step, it is important to assess and learn about your arch profile. The 3 common arch profiles are Normal arch, flat arch and high arch. Identify your arch type by observing your footprint with full attention. If you find your foot print to be half arch, then you might have a normal arch. If you have a normal arched foot, then you could use the most common type of shoes. Because arched foot is versatile and balanced. However, if your activity involves running or walking, then you might have to look for stability shoes. If you are a light weight runner, then a moderate cushion shoe or other shoes with moderate features would be ideal for you.

If you find your foot print displaying the entire foot, then you might have a low arch or a flat arch. Most often, the inner side of the foot may not have enough balance for those with low or flat arch. So, wearing a motion controlled shoe can prevent the inward pronation for people with low arch.

If the footprint shows just the ball and heel of the foot; that is called high arch shoe. A cushion shoe would be the great choice for this type of arch as a high arch does not adequately absorb shock and a cushion shoe would aid in the restoration of natural inward pronation.

If you have skinny ankles, then you got to buy only those delicate shoes with right heels or pointed shoes.Bulky or chunky shoes should be avoided for skinny ankles because they may look over sized on skinny ankles. However, if you have a thicker ankles, then a bolder shoe would help in balancing the width of ankle. Those footwear with heels and ankle straps should not be worn on thicker ankles.

While buying boots, it is important to figure out whether the upper part of boots fits the calf of the leg. It is ideal to buy those boots that pair well with the shape of your legs. If you have a fuller body, then you can balance the look by wearing a thick heeled boot. Also, avoid wearing ankle straps because it may make your legs to appear shorter. In fact, you can try mules and thongs if you have medium to short legs. Also, make sure that the shoes that you buy do not prick you as it may be devastating to your feet.

Whenever you buy walking shoes, bend the front part of the shoes to assess whether it is flexible. In fact, you can wear those shoes to find out whether it is comfortable. Also, test whether heels on the shoe have enough cushioning and stability. Those shoes whose heels are cupped well are often considered to be stable and comfortable. It is important to detect whether the shoes support the heels. By leaning the heels on the shoes, you can assess the support of the footwear. Buying thick tongue shoes will help in keeping the feet free of friction that is caused due to the laces. While shopping running shoes, you got to buy a shoe with ankle collar padding otherwise you may end up having problems in the Achilles tendon.

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