Shoe Shopping Tips

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- Buy your shoes in the correct size. That means length and width. Have a chiropodist measure your feet. - When trying on shoes, wear the type of socks you will be using most of the time. - Natural fibre socks (such as cotton or wool) are good for your skin as they absorb perspiration. - Laces or velcro straps prevent the foot from sliding in the shoe and secure the foot. They also allow adjustment for normal swelling as the day progresses. - A strong heel counter is important to cup and support the heel and help stabilize the foot. - Soles should be made of flexible, cushioned, non-slip material to absorb shock and provide good traction. - Low heels (under 1.5") are recommended. A broad base is crucial for stability, and to distribute your weight as evenly as possible over the entire foot. - Round or square toebox footwear will allow room for the natural shape of the foot. - Allow enough depth in the toebox for the toes to fit comfortably without rubbing. - Uppers (the top part of the shoe) should be made of natural breathable or vented materials to prevent a build-up of moisture within the shoe. - Replace worn out shoes as soon as possible. Check the inside of the shoes for rough seams. Often the shoes look good on the outside but when you run your hand along the inside you can feel rough stitches which can cause blisters, corns and callouses. - Select the correct shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running). - Alternate shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes everyday. Give time for the midsole to bounce back and dry completely. - Avoid walking barefoot. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection.