Foot illustration showing roomy toe box, supportive sides, arch support, and heel cushioning


Find your sole mate in five steps

Between blisters, crunched toes, pain, tired feet, and tight shoes finding the right shoes can be a pain. As a podiatrist, I see patients daily who are experiencing shoe-related issues with their feet. I can't stress enough the importance of choosing the right shoe for your feet so you can keep active and moving.

Here are five steps to find shoes that could be your sole mate:

  1. Arch support. Look for a shoe that has a supportive arch. This varies for every person based on your instep.
  2. Side support. Shoes should feel supportive on the sides, in front and in back. You want your foot to feel cradled and well-protected.
  3. Roomy toe box. Your toes should have room to wiggle a little. You shouldn't have to "wear in" your shoes so they feel comfortable.
  4. Cushioning. Look for a shoe with cushioning in the heel and ball of your foot to minimize tired and painful feet. An over-the-counter shoe insert can help add cushioning.
  5. Breathable material. Choose a shoe made of natural material to help your feet breathe, which is important for healthy feet.

The next time you're out shoe shopping, if you are only interested in a pair because they look good or match an outfit, beware. Instead, keep these five steps in mind and you'll choose comfort over style and save your soles.


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