When the only walking you do is from your car to your desk and around your office, you might be able to get away with wearing shoes that don't fit quite properly. However, when you embark on a trip to explore a new city, you'll be walking miles each day. Ill-fitted footwear is bound to cause problems. If you're lucky, your poorly fitted shoes will just leave you with blisters. If you're not so lucky, you might end up with heel pain and sore tendons that linger for weeks.
Qualities of Good Shoes
To find shoes for your upcoming trip, visit a reputable shoe store in your area. This is not the time to head to the discount or overstock store. You don't have to buy designer shoes, but you do need to buy from a reputable brand that pays attention to the foot-friendly design of their footwear. A lot of cheaper brands just focus on looks, and if you wear their shoes for more than a quick walk, you'll be pretty uncomfortable.
Some qualities to look for in a good shoe include:
Although most people think of sneakers when it comes to selecting walking shoes, this is not your only option. For women, there are plenty of flat leather and canvas shoes that look stylish, fit comfortably, and offer enough support for walking around the city.
How to Check a Shoe's Fit
When you find a pair of shoes that you like, you must try them on. A shoe that's the right size should leave about ½ inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. It should not slide up and down as you walk, and it should not feel tight, either. If your toes feel squished, than you need a wider size, and if they are flopping around as you walk, you probably need a narrower shoe.
Make sure you walk around in the shoes before deciding whether to purchase them. Ask a salesperson for advice if you're not sure whether a shoe fits properly. Most shoe stores employ trained shoe fit experts that will help you find what you need.
Taking the time to find a comfortable pair of walking shoes before embarking on your trip might save you a trip to the podiatrist later. Of course, if you already have any pains or foot problems, getting treatment from a clinic like Advanced Foot & Ankle Center of Palatine before your vacation can prevent you from exacerbating your current condition. Your feet work hard to support you as you walk. Make sure you're supporting them with the right shoes.
Your feet might not seem like an important part of your personal health and wellness routine, but you would be hard-pressed to work out without them. Unfortunately, many people overlook their foot health, only to end up suffering from debilitating bunions and painful ingrown toenails. A few years ago, I ignored a cut on my foot which eventually turned into a full-blown infection. After a near-amputation, I realized that I needed to start focusing on my whole body. I know that if you can start focusing on your foot health, you can avoid troubling conditions so that you can enjoy your life.