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The perfect shoe

Just like our feet, shoes come in all shapes and sizes. As a result, some feet will withstand poorly made footwear than others. Some will do nicely with minimal support, whilst others will become painful very quickly if they aren’t held in place.

You should always wear shoes that feel comfortable

You should always wear shoes that feel comfortable

Pivotal Motion Podiatry have created a short checklist that details aspects of a shoe that tend to suit most feet. These points can be applied to running shoes as well as casual or recreational shoes.

You should be able to adjust the shoe to the foot; with laces, velcro, or buckles.

  1. The upper material should be firm enough to withstand movement force from the foot. It is best to be made from materials that enable the foot to breathe.
  2. The bunion joint should sit at the widest part of the shoe.
  3. Adults should have at least 1cm of excess room beyond the longest toe. Kids can have a bit more room; 1.5cm; to allow for growth
  4. The sole should be firm. It should only bend at the ball of the foot. The sole should also provide some cushioning to enable shock absorption and comfort.
  5. A heel that is approximately 1-1.5cm from the toes is often better than completely flat shoes.
  6. The heel cup should be firm and difficult to compress.

And a few points to take into consideration:

Your shoes should feel comfortable. Never buy shoes with the expectation that they will become comfortable later.

  • The toes should not be compressed. The shoe should also be high enough so that it doesn’t rub on the top of the toes.
  • Your feet swell and change shape through the day – buy footwear toward the end of the day, when the feet are at their most swollen.
  • Most people benefit from having arch support. A contoured arch is often considered to be more comfortable.
  • Shoe sizing should be used as a guide only. Every shoe should be worn before purchasing.

Pivotal Motion Podiatry can assist should you have any queries regarding the suitability of your footwear. Call Pivotal Motion Podiatry on 07 3352 5116 or book an appointment online.