Need a Hand Picking the Right Shoe?



If you are reading this, you have probably reached the point where your shoes have worn out (or are doing so quickly!) and a new pair of shoes is imminent. But with the extent of the selection of shoes available on the market, what seems to be a simple decision can quickly become overwhelming! My advice? Start with the very basics. If you know what job you need your shoes to do, you are halfway there. Let me get you started on the road to happy feet! 

Does the shoe have a job? 
Even though you may be under the impression that walking, and running are similar activities, they need different kinds of shoes in order to perform the activity optimally. This means that you can complete your intended activity without injury, foot fatigue or breaking your shoes. If you’ve ever completed a race or a long walk, and ended up with a backache, that is often caused by wearing the wrong shoe for what you’re doing. If your shoes are incorrect, your posture becomes affected, which in turn has an adverse effect on your spine and alignment. 

 Do your shoes support you? 
If you are someone who spends a lot of time on their feet, you will know the value of having a pair of Nike shoes that offer the right amount of support. Ending up with sore feet and swollen ankles is not worth the trouble for trying to get away with “cute” shoes. Instead, go for a solid pair of walking shoes that offer enough support for your arches and ankles, with enough cushioning to prevent you from blistering. 

 Extra Cushioning 
If you are sensitive to painful feet, removable in-soles are your new best friend, especially if you use orthopedic ones. The extra layer not only makes up for the original sole giving way over time but can make a huge difference to the overall comfort level of your feet. 

 Strength and durability 
It might seem an obvious statement, but not all shoes are the same. Thinner-soled shoes tend to be made with a greater focus on fashion, where thicker-soled shoes are generally applied in more functional ways, like hiking. However, it is not impossible that you might cross paths with a pair of shoes made from thinner material, but which is sturdier and more durable than a poorly made pair of thicker material. Therefore it is so important to test out shoes that you might consider buying. This will help you to determine whether you would be happy to You should always examine the shoes you are looking to buy before you do so. You can check out how they are made, what was used, and their weight. This can help you choose the shoes more effectively. If you are performing strenuous activities, make sure your shoes are tough enough to handle the job. If you are running, make sure they are lightweight and have the proper arch support. 

 Material 
The material of the shoes matters greatly. If you want a strong and sturdy shoe, pick something made from leather. This is ideal for running and hiking shoes. These may be crafted with suede as well, which is a more affordable version of leather.

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  1. My guy is the hardest person to fin shoes that fit. His feet are small and wide and it is tough.

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