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The Truth About Good Shoes – Part 3

So we are continuing with our series on what constitutes a good shoe. Blogging about a good shoe could take forever, but we have listed our top 5 areas you should look at when purchasing a shoe.  Last week we had 3 areas to look at, this week we will finish with 2 more areas you should consider.  By the way, this list only scratches the surface on what to look for in a good pair of shoes.  We can help you at Sutherland Podiatry Centre decide on the best footwear for your feet.

4. Wide Toe Box

So what is a toe box.  This is the area around your toes.  The common mistake that most people make here, is jamming their feet into a shoe that does not have enough room for their toes.  So as a consequence, you will develop corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails from the aggravation of the upper rubbing your feet. As you can see from the diagram below, a rounded toebox is the best solution.bad fitting toebox

5. Cushioning Sole

When you look at the sole of a shoe, make sure it is make of a cushioning material, like EVA foam (like they use in running shoes), or rubber.  The old fashioned leather soled shoes make look great, but they are slippery when new, and they have no cushioning.  Remember, that everywhere you walk these days is hard, flat concrete (even in our homes), leather soles add no support.  You need cushioning just to reduce the pressures going through your feet, hand help you walk longer without pain.  Keep those leather soled shoes for special occasions, and the cushioned, supportive shoes for every day comfort.

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