BEST SHOE FOR YOU? FOOTWEAR ADVICE – FOOT HEALTH MONTH 2018 #2


Footwear is one of the most important things that I could advise patients on and just give you guys advice. Today’s topic is really gonna discuss footwear because with proper footwear, you’re gonna reduce the majority of foot problems and it’s really quite simple: if your feet feel comfortable in your shoes, and they’re not causing any discomfort, then that’s a pretty good sign that shoes are working for you. (music) What’s up, my toes? It is day two in May so this is a second video for Foot Health Month. I am in Downtown Toronto right now. I have a meeting coming up with a pretty big name in in the physiotherapy business. So I’m pretty excited for that. I just thought I’d get down a little bit early, beat traffic, and just do a little walk around while we talk about today’s theme “Footwear Advice”. The one thing that I really want to talk about when it comes to footwear is making sure you’re wearing the right shoe for your foot. What’s up guys? So unfortunately I didn’t get to film more downtown because it’s really loud, really busy and had my meeting. Announcer: Alright, Toe Bro, quick question: Do you have a foot fetish? TB: Maybe for your feet! I don’t know! I just wanted to give a shout out to Vinnie Pham from myodetox. Awesome guy! What he’s doing is groundbreaking stuff. He’s created something really special with myodetox. He is bringing different healthcare professions and skills into one sort of treatment. He’s making every treatment plan very unique for each patient. He really focuses on the assessment of the person determining what’s missing, what’s limited, what’s excessive, and creating some sort of movement based exercise muscle strengthening plan that really is helping bringing function back to people’s lives. And so for someone like me who works with feet, and has never had this kind of knowledge or training, it’s is amazing for me! It’s exciting and I’m really happy to say that I’m gonna be collaborating with with Vinny on creating some cool videos. He’s gonna be helping me out, improving my knowledge on how feet work and move and how I can help my patients get back to moving pain-free. So that’s the goal. So here I am, you won’t believe it, in Walmart. Today’s talk is about footwear and I was having a tough time speaking about footwear choices and what’s good footwear and what better place to be in than Walmart where there’s tons of shoes? The biggest thing about footwear I find is that it feels comfortable and it fits properly. If you’re feeling good in your shoe, if it’s not causing discomfort, that’s a great sign to me. So number one thing I would look at when choosing a shoe is the width. Does the width of the shoe fit the width of your foot? Unfortunately for women, women’s shoes are so narrow and most women’s feet don’t fit the ideal women’s width of a shoe. So a lot of women are forced into scrunching their feet into footwear that doesn’t fit them properly. It’s compressing the toes. It’s causing bunions to form. It’s causing the toes to be crunched up. It’s caused a hard skin to grow on the tops of the toes, inside of the toes. It’s causing bunions to become sore and painful. That’s all because of the width of the shoe. So number one thing we’re going to talk about today: width. If we look at this nice, stylish flip-flop, we can see how nice wide and round it is and this is a woman’s flip-flop. This is the ideal width and shape of someone’s foot being nice and splayed and wide. That allows the foot to grip the ground and not be compressed. If you look at all the kids shoes, nice and round, nice and round. Even the the girl’s shoes nice and round, even the running shoes, relatively round. This is what we want. As we get older, fashion is a huge portion of the footwear we choose. We just don’t have that width and like I said, width is a killer. Imagine having your hand, wrapping it up like someone’s gripping and squeezing it just like this. It doesn’t look very comfortable and that’s what feet feel like when you’re in a narrow footwear. As we get older and age and we see the footwear changes, we can see a few things that are very prominent. We can see that footwear starts to become narrower; ballet flats are very narrow, very shallow and this narrowness, this lack of width is what causes a lot of problems. Again, when we see how narrow the footwear is, that is not the natural shape of a foot, and this is what’s killing women’s feet. Anytime that we have the narrowness here, that’s what’s squishing all the toes together causing the foot to work in not a very ideal shape. Most women tell me, “But Jon, the shoe here is so wide!” Yes, great. This shoe is wide over here, but over here, it isn’t and so what happens, the baby toe gets pushed in like this to make room. So even though the width down here is good, up here it isn’t and that’s what’s going to cause the toes that come in. When you don’t wear wide shoes, the most common problems or complaints I see is for women corns on the baby toes, bunions forming or being painful, the big toe being squished, the big joint being very red and sore, the ball of the foot hurting, burning, and that’s because nerves and the soft tissue inside the forefoot get all squished together. These same issues can happen to guys who wear dress shoes. So making sure that your dress shoe is very wide but also rounded. As we can see again, with kids shoes being nice and round, it allows the foot to stretch, expand, grip the ground properly instead of being scrunched up. So the number one tip-width of the shoe. The second thing that I find is really important to footwear is the thickness of the sole. As long as you have good width that’s gonna feel make the foot feel comfortable but the padding or the sole of the shoe is also very important. A soleless shoe almost acts as suspension, it acts as a shock absorption. Our feet take a beating, stepping and pounding all day, so the more shock absorption the shoe can absorb, the less stress that goes up the body. So we have to look at the heel of the shoes. So here you have a nice, flat shoe but very firm rubber. This firm rubber will not absorb shock very well, so that’s gonna allow just more stress to go into the body. If we look at a running shoe here, we can see it’s very soft, very spongy. This is going to allow the shoe to absorb more shock and less stress, especially on the heel when we’re standing or walking. As we go to dress shoes, we go to ballet flats, we go to sandals, we can see that for women’s shoes especially, they become very thin; there’s not a lot of padding or cushioning here. Same with here; there is not really much shock absorption. There’s nothing wrong with that but that just means that when you are doing a lot of walking standing or pounding the pavement, there’s more stress, that’s gonna go into the heel. Overtime, repetitive stress on the heel can cause things like stress fractures, can cause bruising to the soft tissue, can just cause more stress on the foot. That’s why, again. I always really liked my Adidas Cloud Foam. Anything that has a really soft sole. It really helps absorb a lot of shock when I’m standing all day or running, playing sports, or doing long walks, it makes my foot feel a lot more comfortable. So again, every shoe has its own function. If you’re gonna be standing a lot, if you can be doing a lot of walking, having a shoe that has a nice soft shock absorbing sole will just help you a lot. So number one: we have width. Number two: shock absorption, by having a nice soft or thicker sole. The third tip I’m going to talk about is the flexibility of the shoe. The type of shoe you’re having really is gonna help dictate how much support you have. The more flexible the shoe is, the more the shoes have, been that means more your foot can bend. So I’m just going to pick a shoe off the shelf and see what kind of flexibility or movement it has. So you got this more of a street style shoe. We’re looking at how much flexibility this sole has. So you see how I can wring the shoe out like that like a towel? That means the foot can move back and forth a lot. If the shoe can bend in the middle, that means your foot can bend. The more flexibility we have in the shoe, the more your foot can move. If we go for something more, here, here’s more of a skater, running shoe, it’s such firmer. You see it’s very hard to twist, very hard to bend; that means the foot is going to move less as well. Some people can handle flexibility because their foot is strong enough to handle the movement. Some people cannot and that’s why they need a stiffer, stable shoe; what you need depends on what your foot requires. That’s why something like flip-flops, very flexible, doesn’t have much support, so it’s gonna cause more stress to go into the foot. More motion of the shoe, more flexibility of the footwear, the more your foot can move. So that just puts, again, more need on your foot to have more strength to control the motion. Okay, so number: the width of the shoe. The wider the shoes, the more room for the foot. Very, very important. It allows the foot to expand, to grip the ground, to not be constricted, and allow for movement. Number two: we have the sole. So again, the softer, more shock absorbing the sole is, the less stress that goes into the body, and number three: we have the flexibility of the shoe. The more the shoe can move, the more your foot can move within shoe and that again all depends on if the foot can handle or not. With those three factors, that’s really going to decide what shoe is really good for certain activities. We can critique any shoe using those three standards and see how it’s gonna be for you. Number one: we’ve got these dress shoes here. Let’s talk about the width of the shoe. If you have a very relatively slim foot, if you have a relatively slim foot and your foot is not very wide, as long as to the edges of your the sides of your foot aren’t touching the edge of the shoes, you’re okay. If you have a very wide width that expands, this might not be the best thing for you. Again, it’s a little bit narrow here so the more narrow it is, the more the toes can be squished together. As long as you get the right width and style of the shoe that’s not causing the toes to scrunch together, you’re not gonna get too much discomfort. Second thing: here the sole is a little bit thicker but very hard, not much soft shock absorption. So this wouldn’t be the best shoes to be running around in; very firm sole. The next thing is how much flexibility. Again, very rigid, very stiff, doesn’t bend so much. So let’s say for example, you needed a shoe to be doing a lot of twisting, turning, jumping, moving in, this might not be the best thing because again, it’s very stiff. Your needs will depend on the shoe that you need. So to tell you the truth, to say, you know, wearing a comfortable, wide, spongy shoe, that’s has some flexibility all the time, or gives you that right control is very hard; it’s very hard to wear the ideal shoot all the time. I don’t expect a lot of my patients or you guys to be wearing running shoes or comfy shoe all the time; it’s just doesn’t work. It’s not realistic. So what I try to get my patients to do, I would love for you guys to do, is try to wear the proper footwear 70 to 80 percent of the week. You’re gonna eliminate the majority of your foot pains. It’s really true. We’re gonna eliminate, you know, the tightness, the scrunching of the foot, the lack of shock absorption, from not having a nice comfy sole, or from wearing a shoe that doesn’t give you enough support, and 70-80 % of the week, if you guys can wear decent shoes, it’s gonna make a big difference. So, office people, we’re gonna have to get, you know, not the most fashionable shoe. It’s gonna be a little bit wider, a little bit more rounded, but it’s gonna save your feet, especially for you women. If you guys wear to work a more casual or less fashionable office shoe 70% in the week just for every day in and out, it’s gonna save your feet. When it’s time for a meeting, when it’s time for a special encounter or presentation or special event, put on the high heels, put on the nice shoes. Look good! Show off those feet but only for that time. Once you’re done, you go back in to your normal, casual, comfy, office footwear. If you’re commuting and you’re required to do a lot of walking, don’t wear your dress shoes; wear a running shoe versus a shoe that gives you a nice shock absorption it has enough flexibility to make a foot feel comfortable for your walk. Footwear comes down to choice. You have the choice of what you want to wear. One thing that is a big issue that comes down to- it’s fashion; fashion over function. If you want comfort, if you want your feet to feel good, you’re gonna have to give up some of the fashion. It’s just something that you’re gonna have to give up and you have to you have to decide what’s really worth it for you. You’re gonna have to decide do you want your feet to feel good and feel comfy and be able to stand and walk or do you want your feet to be looking good and have the whole appearance and have the whole head to toe, looking really nice. So it’s really down to you. 70 to 80 percent of the week, wear a good shoe that’s decent looking but has those features, and your feet are gonna be saved. The last piece of advice I’m gonna give you guys is footwear for home. Most people have hardwood, tiles, ceramic floors. People do lot of standing or cooking and they’re really on hard surfaces. If you guys would be able to get a house slipper, it would make a big difference. I always suggest Crocks, something soft or foamy. So something like this that is really comfy and soft that’s more gel or foam material would be a lifesaver. The more cushioning you have on the feet when standing on hard surfaces, the less strain that goes into the foot. Many people are coming into the office with general foot pain, heel pain, just because of the pressure and the constant pounding of the ground that their feet absorb. So right away, by having more cushioning at home, you’re gonna reduce some of that strain. So just to recap, we got the width of the shoes, we got the thickness and the type of material of the sole, and then we have the amount of flexibility in the shoe. Those three factors will really help give you a good idea how your foot will feel in footwear. If you guys can do 70 to 80 percent of the week in better footwear, I’m telling you 70 80 percent of your foot problems will go away. Get the house slippers, make your feet feel comfy, give that sole the padding and you’re gonna save your feet.

100 Comments

  • My dressier shoes last a long time because I only wear them when I need to, like you said. Otherwise, I wear Crocs even if people say they are ugly. My favorite loafer shoes are from SAS. They cost more, however, they are better for my feet.

  • Thank you. One thing you did not mention is the toe box. For my feet, besides what you mentioned, I have to have a toe box that is high enough that my big toes do not rub against it.

  • There are comfortable and pretty high heels but… They're high heels, so yeah, get you a pair of very comfy shoes to use when you're not showing off your feet

  • What do you suggest for extremely wide feet. I have a really hard time finding wide shoes Right now I have some 10.5 with a 4E width and they are still kinda tight around my toe box.I can probably where a shorter shoe but width wise forces me to larger sizes. When I try to find 6E as 5E doesn't exist they are pretty much only combat boots. Any brands that you can suggest which tend to run wider.

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  • Sooo helpful!

  • Awesome!

  • Awesome advice! Thank you!

  • I'm really funny about footwear. I buy my children Stride Rite or Merrells, usually. For me, I could do better with buying shoes built for comfort. I don't wear heels, but I have shoes with hard soles.

  • Love this advice. I need new footwear because my Sketchers are getting old and are hurting my feet. I just need the government to cooperate with us. LOL

  • I have a HORRIBLE time finding shoes that fit well! Since I'm a woman, the shoes tend to be narrow and have pointed toes. THEN add on that I have a very wide foot and it's MISERABLE to wear women's dress shoes! Fortunately, I have very small feet, so I can get away with comfortable shoes by wearing boys or girls shoes. The ONLY shoes that ever fit me well are tennis shoes. I decided to splurge for a GREAT pair of athletic shoes and bought a pair of Brooks. AMAZING! I will HAPPILY pay $120+ for those shoes because they also have the most amazing arch support! If I wear a flat shoe, my arches don't get the support I need. So my Brooks have become my favorite shoes. They are designed for runners, so the comfort and technology is REALLY there. I AM guilty of wearing flip flops all summer and I need to find some that are actually decent for the feet. I need a video on flip flop dos and don'ts! LOL My Brooks aren't very "bendy" and I think that helps me TONS now that I'm in my mid 30's and fat! LOL I'm working to lose weight. It was caused by immobility after a really bad car wreck and I'm thankfully becoming more active with PT. Thank you for sharing examples so we really know what to look for when shopping

  • I stopped buying women shoes in high school because they were always so narrow and uncomfortable. I also never understood how women can walk around with such little space between their foot and the ground (ie ballet flats). I’m glad my instincts set me on the path to healthier shoe choices.

  • Thank you so much for all the information. It's really, really helpful. After my surgery I wanna get back to taking walks and I really needed to know what to get to make these as comfortable as possible as my weight already doesn't help (and my short achilles' tendon) . Your videos are always amazing by the way. Keep up the good work Jonathan. 🙂

  • Yeah I have very wide short feet. It's so difficult to find shoes that are comfortable and fit. I'm Canadian so I don't wear shoes in the house and it feels so much better than wearing shoes

  • Don't forget to get your feet re-measured. I've lived in size 10s forever but I couldn't figure out why the toenails on both my second toes looks like its warping. I had my feet measured at the shoe store and I'm actually a size 10.5, which is impossible to find outside of mail order. Vionic brand shoes are the best.

  • Good informative video. Thanks for giving information on a good running shoe because I run everyday, and I've been considering I need to be more aware of the right shoe when I run. Thanks Toe Bro 🙂

  • What are the best shoes for someone who had a transmetatarsal amputation??

  • I really like the advice to wear good fitting shoes 70-80% of the time and limit time wearing dress shoes ?.

  • Thank you! Great informative video!!?

  • I have a lot of foot problems and spurs on the bottom of both big toes. Therefore, I can't wear heels since they put most of my weight on my toes. My shoes also need to have lots of cushioning. I have found that the only shoes I can wear are Hush Puppies and Ecco.

  • What sucks is when an employer tells you you have to wear a certain colorform of shoe: creating a situation where you are forced into horrible uncomfortable shoes.

  • One thing you didn’t touch base on was having a good arch support. My husband used too complain about me spending more on my shoes till I got him a pair with good arch support. His feet feel better as well as his back.
    I can never buy Walmart shoes because they don’t have much of arch support in their shoes.
    My husband now spends more money on his steel toe books that have a good arch support in them. He used to buy them from Walmart but his feet and lower back were hurting all the time. Made a big difference for him once he made the change.

    Thanks for a great video full of good information ??

  • You are so right. I spent my 20s cramming my feet into shoes with little to no arch support or padding. After I sprained my ankle and tore a ligament I started investing in proper shoes – you CAN find brands that design with fashion and foot support in mind. I now wear ballet flats that have hidden arch support and cushioning inside the shoe and it honestly feels like I am walking on pillows – they’re a godsend!

  • that's why i go shopping in sports shoes lol. lots of walking

  • I was thinking of you yesterday when I started limping around with pain at the top outer edge of my foot. I never wear bad footwear anymore I think I may have just stepped sideways barefoot while vacuuming. Not even sure. But you mentioning wearing good footwear/“slippers” w/padding has me thinking ? cause I often step out of my slippers and walk around barefoot. As always, you give us something to think about. By the way my foots not bruised swollen and doesn’t hurt if you push on it but damn it hurts when I put weight on it. WTH? Hoping this just goes away. Almost feels like something is just out of place. Wishing The Toe Bro was close by, I’d definitely be in to get looked at.

  • What about footwear for really over weight people. I tend to break down soft shoes in like a week but need them for my feet.

  • I wear Chaco sandals with vibram soles. They can be used to wade in the creek or walk all day on a hard surface. They are adjustable if your feet swell yet very firmly attached. You aren't going to run out of them if you snug them down. The fasteners are very easy to use and durable. They are completely compatible with socks. I can snug them down for bare feet or loosen them for ultra thick wool socks because they are adjustable. They are easy on and off. They have excellent shock absorption. The are very, very durable. Not for everybody everywhere but they are very comfortable and very durable.

  • Thank you for this!!! Since watching your videos my foot home care has been on point! I’ve been taking care of feet since I was a kid. I took care of my Mom’s feet because she had trouble bending. I now take care of my daughter’s feet and my husband’s. My husband has some pretty hard toenails and your videos have helped so much on how to properly cut them.

  • Good video, but you didn’t talk about the arch support of the shoe. I used to have plantar fasciitis when I first became a nurse. The shots that my Podiatrist gave me were terrible! Then I started to wear Birkenstock shoes and still got plantar fasciitis, by then I had moved and went to a different Podiatrist and he told me that I should always have a short heel on my shoes as it lessens the stress to the plantar fascia, also I needed a good arch support, as my feet have a high arch. I loved my Birkenstocks! They have great arch support, but they have no heel. I did what he told me to do and have had no pain in my feet ever since!

  • Is the shoe altra boost good

  • Do you prefer light weight shoes as well? I love my crocs & Merrill's overall. I avoid dress shoes at all costs. My problem comes with having chronic illness & balance issues. So I scrunch my toes to try and prevent falls.

  • very informative. thanks.

  • Good info but the video have a lot of back ground noise, but thank you for the info

  • My mom always told me to wear comfortable shoes to save myself foot problems in the future. I actually go barefoot most of the time at home and I wear Skechers sandals for more casual stuff, then I have Clarks that are a little more dressy. I can wear them all day and my feet don't hurt. Glad I listened to my mom! 🙂

  • I still wear my rockers from sketchers. They are still going with not a lot of wear. They are also wide. These have to be at least 5 years old AAAAAAND I have a 2nd backup pair. Woot woot

  • You may want to, also, remind your older patients that as they get older their feet tend to get larger. They shouldn't be embarrassed to buy shoes in the next size up. Some people are very resistant to getting a larger shoe if they wore a specific size for many years.

  • Thanks for the great advice! I’m a nurse, and I found out long ago that men’s sneakers are much more comfortable than women’s because they’re wider and have better arch support. Between men’s Nike sneakers and Dansko, my feet were saved during those long shifts. When I’m at home, I prefer to be barefoot or to wear soft, thick-soled flip flops.

  • Hello! Thank you for this great instructional video! I'm going to share it with my kids who love to wear fashionable shoes no matter what. This also validates my experience. I wore fashionably narrow pointed shoes starting from early teens to my mid-20's, accumulating corns and callouses and squished little toes. Then my new job at as airline ground staff forced me to wear the uniform shoes all day which were ugly (in my eyes) – chunky boxy 1" heels with round fronts. However, they were so comfortable to wear, I started walking distances to/from work in them. After about a year, I lost the corns and callouses without treatment! Since then, comfort trumps fashion when I choose new shoes.

  • How do you feel about no shoes as much as possible?

  • ?

  • Can you talk on supination feet and how to go about fined the perfect show for exercise, office dress shoes for women and men. I have trouble finding good shoes that will last more than 3 months or when when I go to buy me the same shoe they don't work the same, and my feet will hurt.

  • I recently got myself a pair of bright pink Reebok running shoes and they are sooooo comfy. I love them. At home I don’t wear shoes. We don’t wear shoes inside in Sweden. I’m barefoot most of the time when I’m home.

  • I regret wearing too small of shoes. Now since I have the money I need to get my bunions removed. And I’m only 26. So really listen to the Toe Bro and really pick out shoes that fit.

  • I love in my Crocs. I developed plantar fasciitis in the mid ‘90’s when my store had a remodel and they threw out the fatigue mats too soon. We would almost fight to use the three remaining mats. After about six months my arches felt like they were being hit with a baseball bat. Next came arch supports temporary ones They helped somewhat. After that hard plastic supports without soft padding on its top. Then came the 3/4 Dr Scholls these were more comfortable. Then I developed deep heel cracks. I tried Udder Ointment, Aquapour and various other creams to help heal them. All the while sanding the callouses that were a part of them. I discovered I was allergic to Neosporin after developing quarter size weeping blisters. One Doctor thought it was cellulitis and treated me for that, I had to take off from work for the treatment. The blisters dried up, the cracks didn’t heal. Used Neosporin and the blisters came back. Dermatologist had different diagnosis and the blisters dried up and he debreded (sp?)t he dead skin.

    The Easy Spirits weren’t cutting it anymore, the Birkenstocks came next. I needed the open backs when my heel cracks were leaking Plasma. The cracks finally healed. But my arches were still killing me.

    At last I tried Crocs and what a difference. I only wear my Sketchers w/ memory foam when I go shopping or hiking. I’ve gone up to a size seven from a 6 1/2. Now my foot slides up a little when I walk down an incline. I went to the larger size in hopes they don’t rub my pinkie toe. I also have thick toenails on one foot. That causes pain when the toe box is too small. I keep the nails trimmed and or sand the top of the nails because the thickness grows at an upward angle and the pressure on these causes a lot of pain. I’m lucky at 67 I can still trim my nails.
    Sorry I keep blathering on. I meant to say I really love your videos. You’re interaction with your patients is excellent and you really ease their fears.

    Oh, retiring after 20 plus years really helped heal my plantar fasciitis, if they bother me I get the frozen peas out and that helps ease the pain immensely. No more heal cracks, Heeltastic keeps my feet moisturized. It comes in a tube like a deodorant.

  • I find that contrary because I have a narrow foot

  • What about the shoes shown in your thumbnail? I’ve worn those before but can’t remember the brand name. Plus are they good for your feet?

  • Johnathon I have an odd size of shoe US womans 10 1/2 most shoes are made either 10 or 11, 10 are to tight and 11 almost to long which would you recommend for a woman who stands on cement and has bunions?

  • Please don't do another Walmart video. And try to hold the camera still rather than whipping it around. I got vertigo just watching.

  • I have a bunion on my left foot and I’m wearing a $130 pair of Nike Air. ? Its so sore! I can’t find a good shoe with a WIDE option. And ideas guys??

  • I wear insoles with all my closed-toe shoes. They provide the arch of my foot with so much support and they are far less sore. I think I'll invest in more comfortable shoes now. Thanks Jonathan!

  • This video was so informative!! My mind was blown when you showed girl's shoes vs women's! (Okay, I clearly don't get out enough). But on that note, I AM in the process of looking for new shoes. I've read through the comments and literally taken some notes. I have always had wide feet to begin with, and my left ankle has always been weak. I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, my right heel hurts from being broken a long time ago, and I'm weak af because I've been disabled for the last 5 years (and one of the disabilities is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) :/

    Who has two thumbs, is a hot mess, and is currently looking for shoes? This girl! ??

  • Glad I don’t wear shoes most of the time! I don’t care for shoes .

  • Questions:
    1.Where in the world do you get your "toe box"(?) measured/where does it say it on the shoe/box? I've never heard of this, and I'm reading people saying they're A, B, C, D, E, etc… whattt??

    2. What is the difference between running and walking shoes? I'm currently looking for shoes and I can't figure out the difference?

  • What do you think of Nike Roshe women’s ?

  • What kind of shoes are the black ones with velcro in the thumbnail of the video?

  • Try adidas ultra boost

  • I will never buy anything besides Sketchers tennis shoes with the memory foam inside. I've tried Nike, Reebok etc. and nothing comes close comfort-wise!

  • Width is everything for my feet. I’m a woman with very wide feet. If I don’t get a wide width shoe, I’m done for! I recently had a problem with normal width shoes that was so bad, I started developing symptoms of plantar fasciitis. When I went back and got New Balance “x-wide width” shoes; my symptoms disappeared with 24 hours. I had a podiatrist (I’m from the US) suggest New Balance shoes for me years ago. I still wear them to this day!

  • I have about 100+pairs of shoes. You are 100% correct about women’s narrow shoes. I have never worn shoes that scrunch my toes but I do love style. Luckily there are so many brands and styles to choose from. I will never be pain free due to my damaged nerves in my feet and all the injuries and surgeries but I do buy quality footwear. A good way to tell is to turn the shoe upside down and look at the shape because that’s the shape your hooves will be crammed into. Eventually the feet take on the shape of the shoe and often it’s not pretty. Jambu, Earth, Earthies, Clarks, Dromedaris, Sketchers….there are so many great looking shoes that won’t destroy a girls toesies. I’m raising two of my grandsons and I usually buy them Merrel or another quality hybrid hiking/tennis shoe for school.

  • You were saying how loud it was in downtown Toronto. So, you go to Walmart ? 🙂 It was so loud in there, I was cracking up! The loudspeaker keeps going off, the store music gets loud, kids are crying, … Awesome Vid Bro! thanks for the info!!

  • One of my biggest issues when shopping for shoes is that I've had bunions on both feet since I was probably 10 from dancing, so that makes it even more difficult to find comfortable shoes. My feet are also almost a half size difference. My left is smaller than my right and the size difference is so irritating when shoe shopping ☹ is the size difference a normal thing?

  • shoppingtime??

  • Ian Bent / Sandman4h Last video was 11 months ago.

  • Helpful and practical info as always. Thank you!

  • Always leaning from the Bro!

  • Great advice! Thanks ToeBro!

  • As a student Podiatrist myself, i cant stress how many times i get asked about having a foot fetish… ehem i mean footwear advice!

  • I agree 100%. Fashion can go to hell, being comfortable is more important.

  • AMEN!!! I sooooo agree with the width of women's shoes. They are always too narrow. I have wide feet and it is very hard to squish my foot into regular shoes. I would be nice if shoe manufacturers would take this into consideration!!! Well said, Johnathan!

  • This was a nice video. The thing I am really impressed by was the fact that you went to Walmart. You showed shoes that the average person can actually get. I love my Adidas and Skechers but that is not in the budget for everyone. Lastly, how can you have on Adidas shoes and Reebok jacket? ???

  • What are your thoughts on Doc Martens?

  • I have Mortons foot, if my foot can move around at the toes, i will develop blistering between every toe, what should i do? Now i make sure i can lace the shoes as tight as possible. I try to only wear Merrell.

  • I got oofoo (sp?) Flipflops they are awesome!!

  • Where are located?My husband has bad callus and high arch and one foot is smaller than the one as well as wart.

  • What about the material of the shoes,especially the closed ones? For example, are the one made out of cheap material, like plastic, harming our feet more?

  • So what about vibrum 5 fingers?

  • I guess I have a different take on shoes in general. I try my best to be shoe-less and if I do use them i look for wider shoes. I dont use high heels at all and I what I have realised that if you learn to walk and run without putting pressure on your foot it would make walking running so much better. I have been running barefeet for more that 7 years now and I have eliminated so many of the command foot problems that most runners face noways.. I just needed to learn how to run midfoot and land softly. For now the only time I wear shoes is when I am at work and when going out to avoid the weird reaction from the public. This is just my point of view.

  • New Balance fam

  • Great information Toe Bro…only wear uncomfortable, fashionable shoes no more than 30% of the week. Put 'em on for weddings, church etc. only.

  • This is definitely good to know, my mom never wanted me to have much room in my shoes. She said it would make my feet big. As a result I have calluses, but I wear nice comfortable Nike sneakers so my feet don’t hurt as much.

  • How many prs of shoes do you have? I've never seen you twice with the same pair. I know you don't have afoot fetish, but maybe a footwear one? ?

  • If looking at Walmart, a good brand to look at is earth spirit or whatever designation their low price items are called. I’ve had good fit for years but I do not have a wide ball and toe area. ASICS from Walmart also got my Podiatrist’s approval. But it all depends on your own foot.

  • Great video Jonathan!! What do you feel about wearing crocs?

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  • Thanks a lot for doing this!

  • Great information, thank you!

  • Thanks, Professor Toe Bro, for yet another educational video!

  • Bravooooo

  • What do you think about chef shoes and antishock shoes

  • Women’s shoes are definitely too narrow and unnaturally shaped for people with wide feet. I wear Lem’s sneakers. They make foot-shaped shoes that are so comfy.

  • Is it possible to recommend the best shoes for plantar fasciitis or this still a case for all that you said here? (If it feels good, then it's the right shoe, with correct width and sponge and support). Tia.

  • Great advice presented with examples of shoes to illustrate your points! Only one thing I wish you had done. Those high heels and pointed toes. The painful deformed feet resulting from the toes bent into and under each other and the deformed nails and skin problems from being jammed into the front and top of the shoe with every step. Show examples of these high heel killers with photos of the detrimental effects of "fashion". A form of being "scared straight". Hopefully.

  • Toe Bro can you do a tutorial on compression socks?

  • I stopped buying woman shoes at about 15,
    and always, men shoes have better design…

  • What about house shoes or slippers is there a specific one that would be better than another

  • You need to just make some shoes for us that are cute AND good for our feet 🙂

  • I love this,, it makes perfect sense and something I have been doing for awhile now. It is easier for me though as I work from home so a big part of it is handled. When I take my dogs out for a hike (which is every day) I wear Oboz, the absolute best hiker for me and actually so comfortable I wear to the grocery store, etc. One thing also for many women is that we have a kind of vanity about shoe size so I was forcing my feet into a 7 when I should have gone up a full size to an 8. My bad, anyway, I love this video,,, raising awareness about health care for feet is so incredibly important. Great work!!!

  • Thank you Toe Bro! This was a fantastic video, I learned a lot!

  • Tfs! Why is medication for toe/nail fungus not effective? I've heard something like it (the medication) is harmful to the liver?. If a person has fungus AND an ingrown toenail that's gotta be painful?! Your videos are very informative and sometimes funny?

  • Me interesa este tema pero lastima q entiendo unas cosas no más por q no se mucho inglés y pues como hablas rápido no entiendo todo jejeje gracias me gusta tu contenido saludos desde Colombia ?

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