It’s the time of year we all start thinking about our resolutions for 2018. Now that one of the two big holiday meals is out of the way many of us will be thinking about resolutions along the usual lines of ‘lose weight’ and ‘go to the gym’.
However, there are some important resolutions you should be thinking about applying to your footwear in 2018, and they are much easier to keep!
If looking after your health is on your to-do list for 2018 then footwear should be on your resolution list. Painful shoes shouldn’t be ignored as they can cause serious health problems, around 90% of foot problems are attributed to bad shoes. Every time we walk in bad shoes we put pressure on our feet and legs, and bad shoes can even cause back problems.
Many of us grew up going with our mothers to the shoe store and having our feet measured, trying on several pairs and carefully selecting practical shoes which fitted. Somehow, as we go from girls to women the lessons our mothers tried to teach us have gone out the window and many of us buy shoes that don’t fit because they’re just really cute, sexy, fashionable or on SALE! We tell ourselves all kinds of lies to try to justify this practice, we convince ourselves that our feet are swollen because it’s hot, or that these plastic shoes will somehow stretch, or that it doesn’t matter they don’t fit because they were such a bargain, or that no one will notice your pinkie toe doesn’t fit inside your high-heeled sandals with all the other toes…
Shoes that are too tight around the toes can leave you with cuts or bunions, and shoes which are too large will rub against your heels leaving blisters. Shoe size can and does change in adult women. Pregnancy, weight loss or gain, a change of climate, and menopause can all affect the size of your feet. Ignoring shoes that are too tight can cause hammertoes and bunions, which in turn will also change the shape of your feet. Always measure your feet before you buy, and choose styles which are comfortable. Some shoes need ‘breaking in’ if they are made of leather or a product that stretches over time. However, you should not make the mistake of buying shoes that are too small because you think they will stretch. Simply choose a pair that is wearable right now, and would be even more comfortable with a little bit of wear.
Good quality shoes have adequate shock absorption layers, quality natural materials that won’t rub, and a comfortable design that you can walk in. We’re all guilty of grabbing a cheap shoe in the sales and then never wearing it because it causes us agony. It’s far more economical in the long run to invest in just a few quality pairs which can be worn over and over again.
Sick of forcing your feet into shoes that don’t fit? This is a habit you have to ditch, Prince Charming just isn’t worth the bunions. Those among us who are born with wide feet will know the agony caused by many styles of high heels and the many unsuccessful searches for alternative comfortable heels for wide feet. It’s very common to have wide feet, but recent shoe trends such as sharply pointed pumps have not been designed with wider feet in mind.
Unfortunately, pointed toe heels are not suited for everyone. If you have wide feet this style will usually cause you a lot of pain even if you go up a shoe size. Women who already suffer bunions, hammertoes or other foot complaints should not exacerbate these problems by continuing to wear pointed high heels. A classic rounded toe pump will allow your toes more space and is a shoe style much better suited to wide feet.
UKIES shoe styles, such as the Marine pump run wide and are the perfect comfortable heels for wide feet.
Shoes need to suit your physical abilities as well as your shape. If you can't walk in stilettos, stop buying them, they are only decorating your cupboard. Invest in shoes with a 1-3 inch balanced heel you can actually walk in.
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