Wearing shoes that are uncomfortable can seriously undermine your whole day whether you are at your work, at the gym or just out and about. Your sneakers, or your high heels or just any pair of shoes should be an easy fit and should work with your lifestyle. Here are some nice pointers to know before investing in a pair of shoes.
1. Always try a size larger than you normally would to give your toes some wiggling room. The rule of thumb is to leave a thumb’s space between your big toe and the end of the shoe.
2. Always do your shoe shopping in the evening, because feet tend to swell in the busy bustle of the day’s activity and reach their maximum by early evening. Pick a pair at this point to get a snug fit.
3. Colors do matter. If the sole is black, then it’s made of the same hard carbon rubber used in tires and therefore, better for those running in concrete and asphalt tracks. On the other hand, white and other colored soles are made of blown rubber, a low-density, low-weight variant that is better for those using treadmill, grass or dirt tracks.
1. There should be a layer of rubber on the heel for a better grip and to prevent slipping. High heels without rubber or any kind of grip are difficult and dangerous to walk in. The insole lining should be ideally made of leather and should go all the way around the inside of the shoe to be comfortable for wearing.
2. Make sure that the heels are placed more towards the center of the pad of your heel for better weight distribution. An under slung high heel is the best heel placement for comfort and posture.
3. Walk in your new high heels around the store rather than just standing in them, close your eyes for a better sense of touch to understand the pressure points and comfort factors.
Before your shoe shopping venture.
1. Consider what you will be wearing your shoes with, either buy a coordinated pair of clothes together or pick a pair that coincides with your wardrobe pieces. Don’t let a new pair go to waste after binge buying.
2. High heels add instant elegance to flatter your body but be practical about heel heights before buying. Also, invest in high-end brands which admittedly can be expensive but rest assured they’ll have the engineering perfect.
3. Think about what type of shoes you need rather than what you love. You might drool after a perfect pair of pumps but your closet might badly be in need of flats or loafers.