How to buy a good pair of shoes

By on January 3, 2013


Come on ladies – we all know how important it is to have beautiful shoes that perfectly match your outfit. Shoes either make or break an outfit, and one of the biggest turn off’s for both men as well as women is poor footwear.

There are, of course, a few things that will need to be taken into account when buying a pair of shoes, regardless of whether they are sky-high stilettos or running sneakers for your gym visits. We are going to investigate how to buy a good pair of shoes.

Get good ball support!

You may think we’re talking soccer boots here but we’re not, we’re talking heels of any height. Without good support of the balls of your feet, your new shoes are going to hurt like crazy! The last thing you want to do is have a miserable night because your shoes pinch!

When looking for new shoes, you want to look for ones that have an almost springy section on the balls of your feet. If you don’t know where the balls of your feet are – look for the rounded section on the sole of your feet where your toes match the rest of your foot. If this part of the shoe is too hard, your shoes are going to hurt.

Don’t be a cheapskate!

You may only want to spend a few dollars on a new pair of shoes but in this situation, you really do get what you pay for! Quality products will mean paying a little bit more than what you probably expected to pay, but remember that these should last you a while so the investment would have been worth it. Clearly buying something that is real leather is going to last a lot longer than synthetic products so your budget is definitely worth reevaluating.

Head shopping later!

Your feet will swell throughout your day so the best time to go shopping for new shoes is after a late (ish) lunch. At this point, your feet will have swollen enough for you to have a general idea of how your shoes will fit throughout the day. If you make your shopping trip the first thing you do during the day, your feet will not have swelled sufficiently for you to decide whether or not they will properly fit you.

Don’t go for ankle support!

This may go against everything you’ve ever read and heard but studies have shown that, over time, repeated wearing of high-ankle shoes or sneakers can actually weaken the structure of the ankle. If in doubt, just opt for a ballet slipper – it makes much more sense!

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