How to Choose Supportive Shoes For Everyday Use: A Guide

How to Choose Supportive Shoes For Everyday Use: A Guide

Most people don’t take their time when buying shoes. That’s a big mistake.

Shoes are the most important piece of clothing that you wear. Unlike other items, that you can choose primarily based on style preferences, shoes can affect your health and quality of life.

If you spend years wearing shoes that aren’t good for your feet, you can experience tons of unnecessary pain and complications, extending beyond your feet. But if you can take your time and find supportive shoes that fit right and treat your body well, then you can live much better.

So how do you choose supportive shoes that are going to help more than they hurt? Keep reading to discover the most important factors. 

Ensure Proper Fit

The most important factor when it comes to shoes that feel good is the proper fit. You’d be surprised how many millions of people walk around in shoes that are too small for their feet on a daily basis. 

Small shoes can lead to a host of different health problems. You’ll probably experience far more blisters than those with well-fitting shoes. 

Plus, you’re balance is going to be off. This will make it more likely to fall and potentially cause injury. 

Over time, shoes that are too small are going to deform your toes. As result, you’ll likely feel embarrassed about how your feet look, so you’ll always feel you need to wear shoes. A never-ending cycle of ruining your feet.

Make sure the shoes you buy have a little bit of space between the tips of your toes and the front of the shoe.

Width Is Important, Too

And don’t just consider the length of your shoes. The width of your shoes and the toe box are important.

Many shoes are styled with pointed toes. The problem with this, however, is that our feet are not pointed. Why cram your toes into a tiny triangle for hours every day? It’s very unnatural.

Instead, find shoes that sport a wide toe box, allow your toes to spread out, and splay. This will provide much more comfort and greater balance.

Also, consider how long you’ll be wearing your shoes on a daily basis. Do you walk around a lot, or find yourself on your feet for much of the day? 

As the day goes on, if you are using your feet, they will expand. If your shoes are already a little tight, this will make them feel even worse. Better to have a little extra room than too little room in your shoe.

Getting the Right Arch Support 

Everyone has different feet. As a result, different shoes will help different people. It can help to speak with your doctor or let a foot specialist determine what type of feet you have and what shoes would benefit you.

For example, many people have flat feet, while others have feet with high arches. Some will opt for arch support shoes that allow for greater support in the midsole.

You can find many different types of arch support, from a really high, to a moderate amount of arch support. It’s best to try on multiple pairs before committing to a purchase.

The best arch support shoes will feel comfortable right away. If you feel pain when you try a shoe on, it’s not for you.

Supportive Shoes Offer Enough Cushioning 

Some shoes offer a lot of cushioning, others offer the bare minimum. Consider how much you need before making a purchase.

It’s also important to consider the main use of the shoe. A running or hiking shoe will generally have more cushioning than daily wear shoes. This extra cushioning helps to prevent excessive force from wearing out your feet and legs.

If you feel you have fragile feet or legs, you may want to consider a higher cushioned sole. The cushion will also make it more comfortable to walk on uneven terrain. 

So if you step on a rock, pebble, or another uncomfortable object, it’s less likely to bother you, if you even notice at all.

Caring For Your Feet Indoors

Feet support doesn’t stop when you get indoors. You still need to walk around in the house.

If it hurts to walk around barefoot, or when your feet are swollen, you can get some supportive slippers for indoor use. Slippers for swollen feet are often used by diabetics who need that additional support around the clock.

Also, don’t forget to treat your feet right. An occasional foot soak can work wonders to keep your feet feeling healthy and relaxed. 

Support Those Ankles

Shoes don’t only need to protect and support your feet. Many people need ankle support shoes as well.

Normal, casual shoes often do not cover the ankle. As a result, it’s easier for the ankle to roll or to experience a sprain.

Those who need the extra support should buy high-top shoes or boots, depending on the occasion. Keeping the uppers tied tight can help your ankles stay straight. 

This can be especially important for those performing outdoor activities or who are very active for work, in fields such as construction, lawn care, and others.

What About Barefoot Shoes?

The opposite of supportive shoes would often be considered barefoot, or minimalist style shoes. These types of shoes often offer no support or cushioning whatsoever.

They are intended to provide minimal foot protection, allowing it to feel like you are barefoot while wearing shoes. They are growing in popularity and many consider these a great alternative for solving feet problems.

Unfortunately, the idea of barefoot shoes lends itself to hot debates in the footwear and foot health community. So how do you know if they are right for you?

Many barefoot shoe enthusiasts say that barefoot shoes allow your feet to function as they are designed to; flexing, bending, and feeling the environment. They say these shoes can strengthen their feet and provide alignment to their bodies, solving many pain issues.

Should you try them out? Maybe. But if you have concerns about the best type of footwear, it would be best to speak with a doctor first for recommendations on testing this style of footwear.

No One-Size-Fits-All

When it comes to supportive shoes, there is so one-size-fits-all. No pun intended.

That’s why it’s important to take your time in order to find the best shoes for your feet. This often means visiting multiple stores, working with the footwear specialists to measure your feet and provide suggestions and not feel pressured to buy right away.

If you shop online, make sure the company offers free returns so that you can shop around worry-free. Trust me, your body is going to thank you when you finally get the right pair of shoes.

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