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Your And Your Shoes

Aug 17, 2007
The most common tip you'll probably get in buying shoes is Buy them in the afternoons when your feet are the fattest.Well, that adage is quite true in many ways. So you religiously set your mind to this simple rule-of-thumb yet you still often find yourself feeling discomfort.

Shoe discomfort is caused by any of the following: buying the wrong size, choosing the wrong quality and not knowing your own gait.

Is that new shoe you bought too short or too long? Easy. Just throw it away or return it to the store and get a new pair your size! If you're unsure about your size, ask help from any salesperson and have them measure your feet first before you try anything on.

Buying good quality shoes can be a bit tricky. You may even have to virtually examine each pair under a magnifying glass. In doing so, always take note of the following: the seam on the heels should be straight; heels should be firm and give full support; and if there's anything that bends in the shoe that should only be the toe box.

Finally, the third factor to consider is your gait. Since you seldom walk without your shoes on, always take into account your manner of walking. How to tell how you walk? Again, just examine your shoes. If they tend to have an unusually disproportionate wearing and tearing on the internal sides, then you're an over-pronator. You're someone who rolls in too much that you create so much movement to your foot and lower leg. If this is you, then choose a style that, more or less, uses flat or slightly curved lasts. Tell the salesperson that what you need are shoes that limit pronation or the inward rolling of the foot after initial ground contact in order to disperse shock.

On the other hand, if there's excessive wear in the whole outer edge of the shoes and its sides seem to be too stretched, then you're an under-pronator. You're the type who puts a lot of pressure on your foot. If this is your case, make sure you're buying shoes with curved lasts. Simply tell the salesperson you want shoes that allow pronation. However if you can't decide which of the two you are, have a specialist examine your gait. Specialists can be found in stores that provide shoes for serious runners and walkers.
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