Shoe Buying Tips


Hi, thanks for joining me, my name is David,
I a Certified Pedorthist owner Foot Solutions in Halifax. I am here to give you a few tips
on how to shoes. Before we talk about shoes we need to talk about your feet, obviously
that is why you are buying shoes. There is 26 bones, there is 33 joint held together
by over 100 ligaments and tendons. Quarter of all the bones in your body are in your
feet. The foot is a mobile adapter it doesn’t do so well on smooth hard surface where we
spent most of our time. They say you walk about 160,000 kilometers or 100,000 miles
around the earth in your lifetime. So it is very important to get shoes that fit you properly.
Every foot is unique, by that I mean sometimes your right foot is a little longer than your
left foot, a little wider, narrower, every possible combination. But shoes are mass produced
for an average foot that doesn’t really truly exist. So your shoes need to be more
than a fashion statement, they need to fit your lifestyle, so buy shoes that fit your
lifestyle. A good shoe has a strong counter, back here, so it not easily collapsible, helps
support your ankle. It is not twisty through the mid-foot to help support the arch area
in the mid-foot. And you want to have ample toe room, so your toes can wiggle freely,
you do not want them cramped up. You want to buy your exercise shoes right after exercise,
work shoes right after work, cause your feet normally swells from these activities from
beginning to end. If not able to and you buy them earlier in the day, just make sure you
have a little extra room in there to allow for any swelling that might occur. When buying
shoes you want to measure your foot each time. Your foot naturally changes over your lifetime,
increase in weight, loss in weight, change of activity, pregnancy and ageing will all
change the size and shape of your foot. There is a standard foot measurement device, it’s
called Brannock, this is one here, and most shoe store have them. You stand on this and
you see size 9, that means your foot size is a 9, that doesn’t necessarily mean your
shoe size, but we use it as a guide. They are not very accurate for width, they are
only right half the time, so it is a bit of a judgment call. Okay, and as I said shoe
size aren’t standard not even with a brand, some fit short, some fit long. So what you
want to do is when you are buying shoes, you want to buy shoes that look like your feet.
So in other words when you have a narrow straight foot, you want to have a narrow straight bottom
on your shoe, trust me it will feel better. You put the shoe on and stand up you want
to have 3/8 of an inch in front of your longest toe standing or a centimeter. And sometimes
it is not always your big toe, it is your second toe you have to go by. Okay, the widest
part of the shoe fits the widest part of the foot, and you never buy a shoe that hurts
at try-on. You may break the shoe in, but most likely you’ll break your foot in. If
anyone tells you it’s okay, is probably under commission. The other objection you
often get is heel slippage, a little is allowed a lot is not. It is really up to you. If you
think it’s too much, it is, if it isn’t, it’s not. Okay, what happens is, the shoe
is brand new and stiff so it is not bending here, so your heel comes up, so the shoe doesn’t
follow, once the shoe has been worn for a while heel come up the shoe will follow, and
that little stuff will go away. So once you have your shoe on, walk around the store for
a little bit, see if you like it, see if it’s comfortable. If you are not sure ask for the
stores return policy, take it home, try it out, bring it back if it doesn’t work for
you. If you wear orthotics you know you should have a removable foot bed, but please buy
shoes to fit your feet and not your orthotics. You have a foot problem, not an orthotic problem.
You can get in trouble if you are always buying shoes for your orthotic when it’s your foot
that you are really trying to help. If you normally wear a certain thickness or style
of sock bring that with you when you are trying on that type of shoe. It will affect the size
and fit of your shoe. So remember, buy shoes that fit your lifestyle, shoe must be comfortable
at try-on, a little slippage is allowed, a lot is not.
Keep on walking!

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  • Check out our video channel on YouTube at Foot Solutions Halifax. The performance is not Oscar worthy but filled with tips on how to successfully buy #shoes. 

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