This is the season of buying gifts — and, let’s be honest – finding good deals on stuff for yourself, too. Go ahead and give gifts of jewelry, electronics, books, and sweaters to your heart’s content. But when it comes to shoes and boots, snatching a deal on the coolest, most fashionable style of the month could turn out to be a very bad deal for the feet that wear them.
Our experienced podiatrists at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, located in Montgomery, AL recommend that you think twice before buying that gorgeous shoe or boot on impulse. Shoes with a proper fit are essential to good foot health, so here are some things to focus on when buying shoes (or to share with the recipient of that gift you just couldn’t resist)!
Try them On!
Again, don’t give in to the lure of fashion alone. Try on the shoes with the following things in mind:
- Shop at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest due to normal use and swelling.
- Wear the same kind of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
- Try on both shoes (not just the left or just the right), and walk around.
- If you find yourself saying, “These will feel better after I break them in a little, ” then these may not be the right shoes for you. Shoes should not require a break-in period.
- If you wear orthotics, bring them with you to ensure a proper fit.
Focus on Quality
Buy the best quality that you can afford. Shoes made of leather or leather-uppers usually indicate a quality product. High-quality materials will also offer good support.
Tips for Women and Men
Women, if you wear high heels, alternate them with sneakers or high-quality flats. Vary the heel height of your shoes. Look for heels that include “comfort” or “walking” in the name, as these are designed to be the most comfortable and to give you the support you need.
We advise men to go for shoes that have a good amount of support. Some good options include oxford style, slip-ons or loafers, or low dress boots.
If You Need More Advice
Shoes that look fabulous but cause pain are not just a nuisance, they will subject your feet and ankles to injury or deformity the longer you wear them. Follow the advice above, and don’t hesitate to call us at (334) 396-3668). Michael L. Rosenberg, D.P.M. and Heidi M. Christie, D.P.M. will be happy to share their expert advice on buying shoes that are a true gift to your feet in any season.