8 tips for buying shoes that are good to your feet

Buying the right shoes is an investment in foot health. But how do you find ones that fit properly and provide adequate support?

Start with your own feet, and look at what’s already in your closet. Stand barefoot on a piece of paper or cardboard, and trace the shape of each foot. Now take your shoes, one by one, and place them on top of the drawing. If you’re like most people, your “comfortable” shoes will closely match the outline of your own feet.

Identify the shoes that cause pain. If you’re a woman, most of these will be shoes with narrow toes or high heels. Check to see if the toe of the shoe is narrower or shorter than your own toes.

When you’re ready to replace some of that uncomfortable footwear, these tips can help:

  1. Wait until the afternoon to shop for shoes — your feet naturally expand with use during the day and may swell in hot weather.
  2. Wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
  3. Have the salesperson measure both of your feet — and get measured every time you buy new shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.
  4. Stand in the shoes. Make sure you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  5. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don’t rationalize that the shoes just need to be “broken in” or that they’ll stretch with time. Find shoes that fit from the start.
  6. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description. Sizes vary from one manufacturer to another. And no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you’re the real judge.
  7. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your feet or cause blisters.
  8. Turn the shoes over and examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Also, take the sole test as you walk around the shoe store: do the soles cushion against impact? Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoes feel.

Source: Harvard Health Publishing

How Fashionable is Wearing Socks on Sandals?

My first thought is to say, no, no…oh please don’t make us see that. To me, it is a really bad look, something I used to refer as wardrobe malfunction. I realized later that the style is actually subjective.

I could remember a lady customer once made a sandal from our store, and I was utterly surprised when she sent her pictures to me with the sandal and socks. She looked awesome, and that also changed my perception about a style some called a faux pas.

But then, I think back to the people I have known in my life who had made the choice to wear what some see as archaic, and I actually adore these people. David Beckham is one of these figures, and for those who are familiar with his personality, you can never say he got such fashion wrong.

If we also look at some pregnant women as well as heart failure patients whose shoes no longer fit, sometimes these people just need a way to walk in comfort.

So who am I to judge what another person needs to do to make it in this sometimes, painful world?

A friend once told me that “You need socks even more when wearing sandals. Little pebbles and dirt get in much more easily with sandals. With socks, you combine the convenience of sandals with some form of protection. Fashion without function is not sustainable”. And I do agree with him to some extents.

While another female friend said “I don’t usually go with trend. I go with what suites me. If one day, I put on socks with sandals and I found comfort in it, then it becomes a part of it”. Personally, I am also looking forward to join the gang of this fashion one day.

At the end of the day, the only person’s opinion that matters is yours. If you want to wear socks with sandals, there’s nothing stopping you. And if anyone complains about that, tell them to put a sock in it.

How Do You Call Someone’s Attention to a Smelly Feet?

Could this be a smelly feet? How would you have reacted around such person?

I was in a midst of friends one day when a lady walked in, took off her shoes, switched on a small fan she has bought to cool her feet and all around her, then suddenly people wilt.

No one was brave enough to tell her that her feet stink. My humble-self had to found a way out of the messy place. Maybe I would have talked to her about it or find a way to discuss the situation at the moment, but unfortunately, I rarely know the young lady.

I understand that conversations of a personal nature are generally avoided so that it won’t look embarrassing to the other person, or possibly ruining a relationship, or simply because they have no idea how or where to begin.

There are two (2) ways issues like this can be addressed:

The first is usually when the can of foot spray or deodorant is left prominently on the offender’s desk, with a little anonymous note attached, explaining how and why they should address the problem.

The second is bringing up a conversation with another person at that scene, whereby the offender overhears such conversation like; “Gee, what’s that smell? Did someone die in here?” This is sometimes followed by someone emptying half a can of air freshener near the offender’s desk.

Sometimes later, we shall look at the causes of smelly feet and what can be done by the person in such situations.

Meanwhile, if you need some slips that will always give your feet some peaceful moments, a click on this link is all you need at the moment: