There are many shoe manufacturers and many stores, particularly discount stores. This has led to a large variety of shoes and also a large variety in the quality of the shoes. Since the feet serve as the foundation of the structural support of your body, it is important to select quality shoes. Below are some tips in selecting a good shoe.
What makes a good shoe?
- Flexible in the right places – the front end of the sole must be soft and should flex to correspond to how your toes flex. Two tips in selecting a good shoe is to make sure the front third of the shoe bends easily (not the rear two-thirds), and secondly, try to twist the shoe (holding the front and back parts of the shoe) by rotating your hands in opposite directions – a good shoe should not twist very much or very easily.
- Room for the toes – in regular walking your toes naturally spread out. Make sure when you try on a shoe, it has some ‘wiggle room’ for your toes. This will prevent hard calluses from forming and reducing the chance of developing bunions and foot discomforts and pain overall.
- Mind your arches – the shoe you purchase should either have an interchangeable inner sole, or you should purchase the shoe according to the type of arch you have. There are three main categories of the arch:
- Neutral arch – these require firm midsoles and straight to semi-curved ‘lasts’ (‘last’ is the shape of the sole).
- Low-arch or ‘flat feet’ – select a shoe with a straight last and motion control to help stabilize your feet.
- High arch – get a shoe that provides cushioning to assist with shock absorption; a curved last also can help.
If you are still not sure and want professional advice on your feet and shoe selection, visit a chiropodist, your foot care specialist.
To arrange an assessment, contact us at one of our two locations: 519-623-3000 (Cambridge), 905-878-6479 (Milton). Or visit us at www.ontariofoot.ca.