What Makes a Good Shoe

You may not realize it but your footwear is one of the biggest factors in the health of your feet and prevention of numerous foot disorders. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we want our patients to be educated about how to choose the best footwear for you. Here are some important tips to consider:

  • Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Shoes made of quality materials tend to fit better and provide the proper support longer than poorly made ones. That said, don’t choose shoes by brand or reputation. They need to be right for your individual feet.
  • Look for soles that have a well-defined tread to help prevent slips and falls. Soles should also be thick enough to provide shock absorption. Rubber is best. Avoid soles that extend past the edge of the toe box as these can cause you to trip.
  • Do not pick shoes that have very narrow or pointy toe boxes. Many conditions such as metatarsalgia, bunions and other toe deformities can be caused or made worse by toes being squeezed into a narrow toe box.
  • Avoid high heels, if possible. Flats or heels that are one inch or less are preferable. If you must have high heels, make sure they are not higher than two inches and limit the amount of time you wear them to 3 hours or less.
  • Look for shoes that have a padded heel counter that is rigid on the outside. This will help keep your foot securely in proper position and help prevent “pump bump.”
  • Check the inside of the shoe to make sure there are no raised seams or loose stitching that will cause friction that will lead to blisters, calluses or corns.
  • The uppers of your shoe should be made of a soft material that is breathable and allows freedom of movement.
  • When possible, pick shoes with laces over Velcro or slip on shoes. Laces allow for the greatest ability to adjust for fit and support.

To get more information on choosing the proper footwear, contact our Edmond or Norman office. If you have an existing foot deformity or disorder such as flatfeet, hammertoe or plantar fasciitis, a consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh can provide important information to help choose shoes that will lessen symptoms or prevent further progression of a podiatric condition.