How to Buy the Perfect Shoe

You could apply the following principles to buying any shoe but I am looking specifically at exercise shoes, no matter what the intended use, e.g. running, walking, basketball, tennis or cross-training.

When buying shoes, getting to proper fit is arguably, the most important factor. Many athletic shoe retailers will have specially trained staff to measure your foot, assess the biomechanics of your gait and advise on the best type of shoe for your planned activities.

The second factor to consider is to make sure you spend enough. It is not a case of finding the cheapest shoe available but rather a case of working out what your budget is and spending enough to buy the best shoe for you. Whatever your budget, it will be easier to make a well-informed, smart choice if you follow these tips:

Check for Wear

The way that your old shoes have worn will be the best guide for deciding what features you need in your new shoes. For example, if the outside edge of the heel area is worn the most, you tend to roll along the outer edge of your shoe when you run. This is known as Inversion, although many retailers will mistakenly refer to it as supinating or under pronating. Runners with inversion typically have rigid, immobile feet and should look for shoes with heavy cushioning and soft midsole with less medial support. These shoes are usually built on a curved last and encourage foot movement.

If your heels shoes have worn mostly on the inside edge, you experience Eversion when you run, often mistakenly called over pronating by retailers. If you have an eversion problem, you should look for shoes that feature a medial post, a polyurethane midsole and a carbon-rubber insole. Most shoes for eversion correction are built on a straight last for more stability and support.

Examine the new Shoe

Your shoes need to be well made and be free of any flaw, or fault, that might introduce discomfort. Examine the shoes inside and out for raised stitching or stitching that is coming loose and if you find any, grab another pair of shoes. Minor issues like these can become major sources of discomfort and possible injury over the long haul. Also examine the intersection of the upper and sole of the shoe. Try to peel them apart and if there is any separation, choose another shoe.

Try different sizes

The sizes on the boxes and tags on the shoes really mean very little. Sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from model to model. Use the advice from the (qualified) retail assistant to find a starting point and work up and down (size wise) from there. Remember, proper fit and comfort are the be all and end all.

Get a three-way fit

This is not as complicated as it sounds. Put simply, it means:

1. The longest of your toes should clear the end of the shoe by 5 – 15 mm.

2. The ball of the foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

3. The heel should fit snugly without any slippage.

Try on both shoes

Most people typically have one foot slightly larger than the other, so getting a perfect fit for the smaller foot will mean problems for the larger foot. If you already know which foot is larger, base your decisions on how the shoe fits that foot. Finally, stand up after lacing up the shoe to allow your foot to flatten out and spread out under your body weight.

Shop late

After you have been up and down on your feet all day, walking, running, whatever you normal day entails, your feet can swell by up to 5 percent between morning and night. Buying a shoe too early in the day could result in you purchasing a shoe that ends up pinching by the end of the day.

Don’t force it

Do not try to follow the example of Cinderella’s ugly sisters and try to force your foot into a shoe that is simply too small or one that allows your foot to literally swim around inside the shoe. There are still some badly trained, or unscrupulous, retailers who will try to rationalise the purchase and they have a number of tricks you should be aware of:

1. “That’s a good snug fit.” Snug really means tight, perhaps too tight.

2. “It will stretch with wear.” No it won’t. Modern shoe technology is designed to ensure the shoe maintains it shape and size. It may become more comfortable as it conforms to the shape of your foot, but it will not stretch.

3. “If you wear thicker socks it will fit perfectly.” Does that mean you also need a sock wardrobe? Before you go to the shoe store, choose a pair of socks you would normally wear with the shoes and take them with you or, wear them to the store. If the shoes don’t fit while you are wearing those socks, they will not fit. Don’t buy them.

Choosing Large Size Shoes To Make a Woman With Big Feet Feel Fabulous

Many women with big feet confess that they find it difficult to feel great about themselves in respect of their feet size. Join any chat room or forum and you’ll hear women talking about the amount of frustration that they have to endure when it comes to buying plus size shoes in which they feel fabulous.

Shoe shopping can be pure pleasure for women who can walk into any shoe store and can be relatively certain that they can walk out again with the latest and hottest shoes on the shelf. This would be the dream shoe shopping scenario for most women with big feet. However in reality what happens is when they walk into an average shoe store, the first hurdle is finding out if the store even caters to a shoe size 10 or above and even when they do, there is usually a small selection available for them to choose from. The chances of finding a cute pair of shoes are even slimmer in the average shoe store if you happen to wear a ladies shoe size 12 or more.

Every woman feels amazing in beautiful shoes. However, how the shoes look on your feet is as important to the personal feel good factor as how they feel on your feet. Comfort is key for avoiding long term foot problems and making your big feet feel good for long term wear.

Whether you wear a shoe size 16 or shoe size 10, here are the best tips to finding large size shoes that make a woman with big feet feel good. With these simple tips you can get the perfect shoes for your feet, whatever your size.

  • Find big shoes that can be adjusted in some way – shoes with straps across the top or around the ankle, can be adjusted so they fit better and feel more comfortable.
  • Every style fits every large foot differently – don’t rely on looking at the size in the shoe label to determine fit, your body shape, the way you walk, and the condition of your feet will dictate the style of shoes you will find the most comfortable, so don’t just rely on looking at the size on the label.
  • Make the internet your friend when it comes to finding beautiful big shoes and boots -If you buy a pair online, try them when they arrive and aren’t happy, you can still just send them back.
  • Look for large size shoes with insoles – to provide support to the balls of your feet and cushion your feet while you’re wearing them.
  • Always choose real leather – as they will stretch better to fit your unique foot shape, and the material lets big feet to breath better.
  • Find shoes with arch support – Shoes that support the arch of your foot will be more comfortable
  • Rounded instead of pointed – Do your toes a favor and stay away from any shoes that pinch your toes into an unnatural shape for the maximum feel good factor.
  • Choose your heel height wisely – The higher the heel, the more pressure on the ball of your feet, while the lower the heel, the more pressure on your heel and arches. A chunky stacked heel provides more stability for women with big feet.
  • Check for stitching in the shoe – poorly constructed shoes will often have obvious and uncovered stitching inside the shoe that can cause irritation.

Shopping online remains the best hope for finding large size shoes that make a woman with big feet feel fabulous, and remember if you feel good, you’ll look good.

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Basic Knowledge Everyone Should Know About Shoes and Other Footwear

A shoe is an item of footwear used to protect our foot. Generally we wear shoes when we want to walk from one place to another and are concerned with the safety of our feet, but fashion is also a concern.

Shoes may vary in styles, sizes and prices. Looking attractive is a natural desire of everyone and shoes contributes to your fashion and beauty. Shoes provide comfort to the foot and they are a symbol of fashion.

The shoes reflect the personality of a person. When you purchase shoes the natural questions arise in your mind what style and size of shoes should be.

There are different types of shoes like Men’s shoes, women’s shoes, Athletic shoes, Dance shoes, Work shoes, historical shoes, Dress and casual shoes.

A shoe is made up of different parts and we will go into a little more about each part below.

Sole

The bottom of the shoe is called sole, which of course protects the bottom of the foot.

Heel

The bottom rear part of the shoe is called heel. The heel’s function is to support the heel of the foot. Many women like bigger heels to signify fashion, confidence and style.

Outsole

The outsole is a layer in direct contact with the ground. The outsole may comprise of single piece or different pieces of different material.

Midsole

The layer in between the outsole and insole is there for shock absorption. Different types of shoes have different material for shock absorption. Different companies use different material for the midsoles.

Upper

The upper part of the shoe helps hold the shoe onto the foot.

Shoes Accessories

There are different accessories of a shoe like Overshoes, Shoe bag, Shoe stretcher, Shoelaces, Shoe polishing equipment and shoe tree.

Types of Shoes

There are different types of shoes including Men’s shoes, Dress and casual shoes, Athletic shoes, Dance shoes, Work shoes and historical shoes.

Shoe Maintenance

There is a variety of methods for the shoe maintenance. The shoe maintenance can be performed with the heel replacement, Breaking-in, sole replacement and polishing.

Shoes Styles

Women’s Shoes come in various styles like boots, booties, pumps, sandals, slippers, court shoes, loafers, flats and laceups.

Shoe Companies

There are many popular brands of shoes. Some of the most common shoes companies are Nike, Bata Shoes, Buffalo Boots, Avia (shoes), Osiris Shoes, Spira Footwear and Li-Ning Company Limited.

Many shoes are comfortable enough to wear the whole day. There are different types of shoes for different occasions. Everyone loves to have comfortable shoes. On the internet, you can find a huge variety of shoes and you can buy any type of shoes with convenience and comfort.