Choosing A Good Shoe In Perth
Are You Looking for new Shoes? Your Footware is Most Important.
Read what our Podiatrists have to say…
Your podiatrist will be able to provide you with some great advice and may recommend a particular style or brand of shoe to suit your purpose. Below is a general guide however to assist you, which outlines the important supportive structures and fitting criteria that help to decide which shoes are right for your feet.
Choosing a good shoe:
When choosing a new pair of shoes it is important to consider the following:
- Purpose- what you will be using the shoes for? Eg. Work, leisure, physical activity. Each of these types of shoes will vary in shape, weight, fabric, support, and outsole material and design. It is important that you use the right tool for the job and choose a shoe suitable for the intended purpose.
- Fit-width, depth, length, and any extra accommodation for foot and toe deformities. Getting the right size will mean you are comfortable in your shoe and avoid risk of injury, such as trauma to the toenails or blistering.
- Upper Materials
- Leather-> breathable, stretches, conforms
- Synthetic-> more water-resistant, elastic, no stretch, less breathable
Features of a good shoe:
- Firm heel counter- press on the back of the heel with your thumb. A firm counter will not collapse into the shoe.
- Minimal heel- try to avoid high heels so that your body weight is evenly distributed across your heel and forefoot
- Removable innersole- this will allow extra depth when removedto accommodate an orthotic
The top (transverse arch):
- Adjustable straps, laces, or a buckle will ensure your foot is held within the shoe and does not slip in and out. It will also allow for an increase in your arch height if wearing an orthotic.
- Shape: conform to the natural shape of the toes. Avoid pointy shoes which will compress your toes together and encourage bunion deformities.
- Width: you should be able to drag the fabric across the joints in your forefoot with your fingers however not enough to gather and pinch it.
- Depth: accommodate for any deformities such as bunions and hammer-toesand to give the toes some room to move
- The shoe should mainly bend where the toes bend naturally, and be firm and rigid through the sole under the arch area.<
- Arch support already inbuilt into the shoe may provide some comfort and support over footwear without support.Should morespecific and aggressive support be required an orthotic device can be used.