Men's Shoes & Footwear
Shoes & Footwear
Regarding footwear, there are several features to consider when choosing the correct shoes. Whether you’re out walking, running, working, or at the office, having comfort and stability on your feet is critical. In addition, having the right footwear can make your physical activity easier, and safe, and helps keep your feet healthy.
Selecting the correct shoe can involve physical conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Visit a healthcare professional such as a podiatrist or physiotherapist about concerns or problems with your feet.
Here are some tips from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society for finding the right shoe:
- Have your feet measured. Your foot size and shape can change over time. Don’t rely on the fact that you have always worn a certain size.
- Fit your shoes to the larger foot. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other, so make sure you have BOTH feet measured.
- Get measured at the end of the day when your feet are the largest. When you are up during the day, your feet will swell and settle some. You want to make sure you are comfortable throughout the day and not just when you head out of the house in the morning.
- Don’t rely on shoe size alone. Just like clothes, the size marked inside the shoe may be different depending on the brand. So your shoe size is just a starting point in selecting the correct shoe.
- Look at the shape of the shoe. Make sure the shoe shape resembles the shape of your foot and fits your foot comfortably.
- Don’t plan on shoes stretching over time. They should fit well when you buy them.
- Check the width of the shoe. The ball of your foot (the widest part just before your toes begin) should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe.
- Check the depth of the shoe. The shoe should be deep enough to fit your toes, especially if you have hammertoes or other conditions. If the shoe’s toe box is too small, your toes will rub against the top of the shoe and you will get calluses or sores.
- Check the space at the end of the shoe. Stand up and make sure there is 3/8″ or 1/2″ (about the width of your finger) between your longest toe (usually the second toe) and the end of the shoe.
- Always stand and walk around in the shoes to see if they are comfortable, fit well, and don’t chafe or rub anywhere. Your heel should not slip or slide while walking.