Which woman doesn’t love shopping for shoes? However one of the biggest problems facing Moms everywhere is that the shoes that they love may not be the ones that are best for their feet. Being a mother means long days of running around after the little ones, and when you’re on the go and on your feet all day, wearing the wrong footwear can really take its toll. Unless you love suffering from blisters, corns and dry skin, you’re probably wanting to find a pair of comfortable shoes that look great but which don’t cause you agony every time you set foot outdoors.
So, just how do you go about finding footwear that fits the bill? I asked a podiatrist for their advice about choosing comfortable yet pretty shoes and here is the advice she gave me.
Remember Your Feet Swell
If you’re going out shoe shopping, you should definitely do it towards the end of the day. Head out in the morning and your feet are still fresh from a good night’s sleep, but by the afternoon, after a full morning of running around and getting tasks done, they’ll have swollen up – perfect for trying on footwear to make sure it’s comfortable. If you’re going to suffer from rubbing or chafing, it’s going to become apparent by the end of the day, so it’s best to make this the time for choosing a new pair of shoes.
Stylish as that pair of flat sandals may be, if you’re walking around on just a thin piece of leather you’re not going to have any kind of support when walking on hard surfaces. Your foot will feel every impact as well as every lump and bump on the road and that’s going to become painful sooner rather than later. Choose a pair of shoes with padded insoles and you’ll enjoy much greater comfort no matter what kind of surface you’re walking on.
If you’re buying sandals with a thong or toe divider, take care. What feels comfortable in the shop when you’re trying them on for just a couple of minutes will start to feel a lot less comfortable after a few hours of walking in them on a hot day. If you’re choosing this type of footwear, look for a pair made from well finished smooth leather and with no rough edges or stitching to avoid chafing.
Roomy Toe Boxes
Although narrow fitting and pointed shoes look attractive, they can be very painful to wear if your toes are pinched and crammed into a tight space. This is especially true if you have wider than average feet. You need to choose a pair of shoes that have a wide enough toe box to accommodate the width of the front of your foot so that you don’t develop painful long term foot problems. While it’s important to ensure that you have adequate space between the front of the shoe and the top of your big toe, you shouldn’t allow for so much room that your shoe falls off. This will cause rubbing and blisters too.
Avoid Folding Flats
Although advertising may tell us that folding flats are the ideal solution while on vacation or simply to throw into a purse when heading out for the evening, they are not good for your feet. Good quality shoes should not be able to be folded up as this is a sign of a lack of padding and poor, unsupportive construction. Avoid this type of footwear.
Don’t Persevere With Ill-Fitting Footwear
One of the things we tend to do as women is to persevere with a pair of shoes even though it feels uncomfortable simply because we love the style. However, podiatrists recommend that you just move on and choose something different. If a shoe is painful when trying it on for the first time, it won’t improve with age and in fact, the problem is likely to worsen. No matter how beautiful the shoe is, you won’t be able to wear it without being in agony, so it isn’t worth the investment.
Choose Support Over Style
While you don’t need to go out and buy the ugliest shoes that you can find simply because they offer great support to your foot, it is important to recognize the importance that good support has for your feet. Flip flops, for example, are not a good footwear choice because they offer no support whatsoever, whereas a pair of well constructed lace ups with a padded sole offer a supportive base as well as additional support for the front of the foot and the ankle. While flip flops are fine for lounging around a swimming pool or beach, they’re no good for the working day, or even for a long day of shopping.
The best shoes for standing all day will provide adequate support and structure for the ankle, sole and arches so that you can guard against accidental injuries and long term foot problems. During the winter, this may not be so much of a problem, since styles that offer plenty of coverage tend to offer a lot more support, however in the summer, you need to take care to choose the right sandals, especially if you are planning on doing a lot of walking.
Find The Brand That Suits You
Every brand uses a model which is slightly different as its standard foot size and shape. That means that while one pair of shoes may fit wonderfully, another in the same size may not fit so well. You need to determine which brands are the best fit for your own individual foot and then use them as your go-to manufacturers.
By following these helpful podiatrist tips, you should be able to find the perfect shoes for you, so that even when you’re on your feet looking after the kids all day, you’ll avoid all of those painful foot problems you’ve come to dread.