Buying shoes is not such an easy task, especially when today we have so many options. Many times we fall in love with some shoes that we saw in a store and we bought them blindly and when we got home they no longer seem so comfortable, and we end up not wearing them. This happens because, although they look beautiful on your feet, it is not the only thing that we must take into account when choosing shoes. In addition to considering its aesthetics, it is essential to take into account its quality and functionality , paying attention to certain characteristics that help us protect the health of our feet.
From Fabiolas we propose some guidelines regarding the characteristics that footwear should meet to guarantee the health of our feet:
- They must be the correct size and the right materials
One of the most important issues in choosing footwear, in addition to the qualities of the shoe itself, is how it adapts to our foot , that is, how it fits us. To do this, the main thing is to know how to choose the correct size, so that the shape and dimensions fit correctly. When buying shoes, it is advisable to keep in mind to do so at the end of the day, as it will allow us to get an idea of how the footwear will fit when our feet are more swollen and exhausted, as well as try them on both feet. In this sense, we must also check the specific characteristics of the shoe, starting with its interior , we must look for it to be made with natural materials, and that it does not have seams that can bother or cause friction. The ideal is to find shoes with the perfect size, neither too tight to avoid rubbing or jammed fingers, nor too loose, as they can provide a degree of instability while walking. Good footwear must ensure both thermal comfort, related to cold and heat, sweat, etc. Protecting us from external impact, such as mechanical comfort, which ensures the feeling of comfort with the shoe.
- Structure and design also matter
The way in which footwear intervenes, influences, and adapts to walking will depend on the characteristics and properties of all its elements at the design level. We must consider that, when we walk, our foot is fulfilling certain functions that it is essential that the shoes respect and support. In this way, in addition to adapting to the shape of the foot , it must adapt to its physiological movements , without hindering them, and favoring a stable gait , without effort. The shoe must have certain characteristics, such as being as light as possible, or having good flexibility, for which it is recommended to assess the elasticity of the toe . Correct support in the heel and metatarsal area is also important. To stabilize the foot it is beneficial that the shoe has buttresses .
- Sole and insole characteristics
It is essential to pay attention to the grip that the sole will have with the ground , taking into account its drawing, mainly to avoid slipping. Shoes must provide enough grip to allow you to move effectively on both wet and dry ground, and on urban surfaces, which are generally smooth and sometimes have characteristics that decrease grip. Therefore, it is recommended that the sole be non-slip.
As far as the shoe insole is concerned, we must bear in mind that it will be in charge of providing us with a large part of the comfort , both thermal and mechanical , determining the pressures that will appear on the sole of the foot. In this regard, it is important to take into account both the geometry and the material with which it is made, preferable that they be soft, especially in the front part.
- The finish of the shoe
Finally, it is advisable to pay attention to the finish of the shoe , since it is very important that the seams are well finished, have reinforcements in the toe box, and have an adequate method of grip.