Choose your sole­mate

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

WHEN your feet ache, all of you aches. Worse, wear­ing the wrong shoes can dam­age your feet, give you back­ache and make you feel mis­er­able.

So, if your last few pairs of shoes have given you noth­ing but mis­ery, check out these tips for buy­ing comfy shoes.

Although shops are qui­eter in the morn­ing and you can get sales as­sis­tants to help you find your size, the fact is that feet tend to ex­pand through­out the day.

If you shop in the morn­ing, your feet will be at their small­est size, so a shoe that feels snug then will feel tighter af­ter lunch. some­thing that fits prop­erly. If you have wide feet, look for brands that size shoes ac­cord­ing to width as well as length.

A smooth sole looks pretty, but it also makes the shoe slip­pery and you will find your­self curl­ing your toes and try­ing to “grip” the ground as you walk.

There is a sim­ple solution – get a cob­bler to roughen the sole for you or add on some slip- proof ex­tras.

Whole in­soles help im­prove your over­all com­fort as they ab­sorb the shock of foot­falls. Arch sup­ports are es­sen­tial if you have low arches.

How can you tell if you have low arches? Look at your foot­print af­ter a shower. If you see the whole foot rather than the typ­i­cal print with the cen­tre bit cut out, chances are you have an arch prob­lem. If you are not sure, con­sult your doc­tor.

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