Before there was fashion and exotic names, shoes were always objects of desire for women. Shoe shopping for women has become a fun experience, but what most women don’t realize is the importance of being fitted properly to avoid foot problems. All shoes should be fit properly for optimal comfort and to avoid foot pain.
Women are by far the biggest spenders when it comes to shoes. On average, women will spend almost $40,000 on shoes in their lifetime. Reports state that women own an average of 30 pairs of shoes; however, foot care isn’t always a priority.
Feet are constantly evolving and there are many factors to consider each and every time you purchase any type of footwear. The size of your feet changes as you grow older, even though women’s foot muscles are generally more flexible. Women are also four times more likely to have foot problems than men. Women walk an average of three miles more per day, plus most people have one foot that is larger than the other. That is why it is important to have your feet measured when being fit.
When selecting a shoe you shouldn’t chose shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how it fits your foot. You should also be fitted at the end of the day when the size of your feet is enlarged.
When trying on shoes, you should ensure that there is a half-inch between the top of your big toe and the end of the shoe. This will provide optimum space for your feet to maneuver while walking, turning, and running. A few tips when shopping for shoes: select a shoe that shares a natural shape of your foot. There should always be enough space for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
Stay away from shoes that feel too tight because they will not stretch out and they’ll be more likely to cause discomfort. Your heel should also fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping. Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel comfortable. Also, take the time to walk on different surfaces to make sure there is no discomfort.
The shoe shopping experience should be fun, but always be mindful that there is a science to fitting shoes properly. You should always rely on someone who is trained in fitting shoes and measuring feet to avoid foot problems down the road.
Article provided by Fred Toenges Shoes, Fort Wayne