Footwear advice

 

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Footwear selection is a very important and individual choice that we all have to make on a daily basis. Functionality, fashion, price tag, comfort and weather all affect our choice. Your footwear choices can enhance your performance, comfort and foot health if you respect your feet enough to make the right selection.

For those with smart phones such as Apple iPhones or iPads and Macbooks, simply download this great application from the apple App store - "ultimate shoe selector" or visit the website http://www.ultimateshoeselector.com for more details

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Thanks to our mates for the Running Company in Bondi & Potts Point they have provided a link to their footwear table

The Running Company Shoe Matrix

 

The next time you are shopping for a new pair of shoes, keep these tips in mind:

What should I look for when buying new shoes?

Check your shoe size

Your feet will generally get longer and wider as you age or after childbirth. It is not essential to have your feet measured each time you purchase shoes, but it is a good idea to recheck your shoe size every year or two. Make sure that you have at least half a thumbs width at the front of your longest toe, and even a full thumbs width in sneakers or active shoes.

Do not rely on shoe size alone

Shoes can vary in fit depending on the style or manufacturer. Remember that different shoe brands and countries that manufacture shoes all have different sizing systems so be flexible to the fact that your sizing will alter. Therefore, you cannot always rely on size itself. It is important to evaluate how the shoes fit and feel when tried on.

Compare the width of the shoe with your foot width.

Stand next to the shoe in your bare feet. Check, which is wider, your foot or the shoe? Avoid shoes that are too narrow for your feet. Make sure that when the shoe is on that it is not taut across the front of the shoe as this will cause excess rubbing, friction and pressure on the foot and toe joints.

Try on both shoes before buying

Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. If this is the case, select shoes that fit the larger foot. Make sure you have at least a finger’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Shop for shoes late in the afternoon or evening

Your feet swell during the day. A shoe that feels fine when you try it on in the morning could feel too tight in the afternoon. This will apply to your active/sports shoes as well because feet will have a tendency to swell during exercise.

There is no such thing as a ‘break in’ period

Shoes should always feel comfortable right away. Do not buy a pair that you think will fit well after a few wears. Make sure you allocate sufficient time to try the shoes before purchasing. Go for a little walk in the shoes in the store. If you’re unsure, always try the size smaller or larger as well so that you can make the right decision.

Pay attention to materials and style

Select shoes, which are made from materials that breathe and allow flexibility. Leather is a suitable option for shoe uppers. Synthetic or rubber is best for soles as they are generally more durable, shock absorbent and provide better grip then leather.