Shoe Buying Tips

Your shoes are not just a fashion statement, or a reflection of your personality, they are an essential piece of kit that will make (or break) your posture, maximise the efficiency of your movements and protect your feet from harm.

It is therefore really important that you buy the correct shoes for you.

Here are a few tips to assist you with that purchase.

1. Buy shoes that are shaped like your feet.

2. They should give your feet support in the arches and have a supportive layer of fabric on top.

3. A rubber sole will give your feet more cushioning.

4. Check the shoe is flexible at the ball of the foot, it is essential your foot is allowed to bend at this point.

5. When standing with the shoe fastened there should be a fingers width of room at the back of the shoe.

6. Make sure your toes are not being squeezed in the toe box of the shoe.

7. The shoe should be comfortable in all areas of the foot, any uncomfortable areas may cause blisters, corns or other foot problems.

8. Try walking in the shoe, it should move with your foot and not rub up and down.

9. A 3" heel stresses the foot 7 times more than a 1" heel, if you intend to walk in the shoe, keep the heel low.

10. As we get older we lose flexibility in the achilles tendon (back of the ankle), as does continually wearing high heeled shoes, this may make the wearing of flat shoes very uncomfortable, you may need to gradually reduce heel height to wearing flats, sudden change to flat shoes may cause tendon strain.

11. It is recommended you periodically have your shoes treated with the KLENZ system.

12. And finally smile. There’s no better feeling than slipping into new shoes!

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In our lifetime our feet will walk an average of 70,000 miles. This is the equivalent to walking 4 times around the world!

In this time, we will experience the ‘breaking in’ of new shoes, blisters, corns, infections as well as generalised foot and ankle pain.

Contented Soles are trained to evaluate, diagnose and manage all conditions relating to the lower limb.

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Podiatry, Orthotics and Complementary Therapies

We offer a range of treatments. Find out more on our treatments section. Also, please see our advice section for all sorts of tips and information.