YOU ONLY GET ONE BODY & TWO FEET PER LIFETIME
How do you purchase footwear that will be cost effective, not hurt, look great and last the distance of time?
The first decision to make is that you will purchase a shoe that will do no harm to your body or foot. It is important to remember that you get only one body and two feet per lifetime! Honour whatever foot shape your family has given you. You will be happy with that decision.
When you stand in the new shoe you should have no feeling of discomfort or pressure. Purchase a shoe that is similar to your foot shape. Never purchase a shoe that distorts you foot – and definitely no pointed or angled toe ‘box’. That type of shoe is just so 1950s.
Some shoe stores do fashion shoes – what is in vogue now today – colour, heel height, and what everyone else is wearing! They are for a young market.
The footwear stores focussing on health shoes will sell straight last shoes. Turn the shoes upside-down to see the relationship of the heel to toes. Imagine a straight line, which should go through the centre of the heel to the third metatarsal. If you cannot draw a straight line between those points, then the shoe is not good for natural posture. The correct relationship makes sure you take a deep breath in when your body goes into your propulsive phase of walking.
Once you have the idea, your feet will be pain free and you will purchase less shoes. Always ask questions!
Having worked in a shoe shop for years, we have plenty of ideas and suggestions for good foot health. See you soon.