Tips to buying flat shoes. Are there any of you ladies out there who are tired of flat shoes that hurt? Well here are some tips that will guide you to getting great flat shoes for your feet. Ladies sneakers have made a great come back.
As a true fashion staple in women’s footwear, you’d think your feet would be well supported within flat rubber soles and laces.Sadly, the design is still dictated by aesthetic. This often neglects essential support and structure to the design.
OK, flat footwear is healthier than a pair of stilettos. However, flat shoes can still cause their fair share of problems.
A flat shoe without proper support can lead to long term foot problems. This may see the likes of arched foot pain and tendon inflammation raising their head.
The question now is finding that supportive and functional shoe for you without negotiating on style? We have lined up three factors to consider when buying your next pair of flats. All ensuring they are shoes with form and function.
Stay clear of flimsy designs
A trick to remember. If you can fold the shoe in half that fits easily in your pocket, it’s a no go. The show obviously lacks the firm structure that is required to support your foot properly.
To add to this, they could be missing adequate midsole and outsole. This provides support and cushioning to the foot.
A good shoe that comes without a shank can lead to leg and foot fatigue. It can cause soft tissue overuse that leads to heel pain and instability of the foot and ankle.
The lack of an outsole will lead to pain in the ball of the foot. Don’t head to the bin just yet with your flimsy shoes. Why not add extra support with a makeshift shank and midsole.
If your shoe has removable insoles, you can easily cushion them and add an off-the-shelf orthotic.
Avoid totally ridged shoes as well
On the reverse side to this, a shoe that is too stiff in the sole can be equally damaging. Put this to the test by bending your shoes. If it doesn’t bend at the ball of the foot, your natural movement like walking is restricted. Not good either.
If there is no movement then it means it’s too hard. If it does bend, check at the ball of the foot and not the middle.
A pair of rigid shoes has a tendency to cause rubbing on the heel and foot. It also cause the toes to grip which leads to an over use of the lower limb muscles in your legs.
Regrettably, a shoe without this flexibility means that you can’t really add anything to improve its support. Give it a wide birth.
Choose a shoe that elevates
As we all know, our feet aren’t naturally flat. A good shoe design should echo that. A standard pair of running shoes with a 12mm heel should create enough lift to comfortably land at a heel strike angle. At the same time it should be shock-absorbent to resist any after- shocks.
The lack of elevation can lead to to leg, foot and back pain. It may also cause soft tissue over- use injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis.
For your feet to be happy, choose a shoe that offers at least 10-30mm inside elevation. Something like small wedges are a good option.
Another option is to buy a removable soft heel raise from the chemist or good shoe shop. You can also invest properly in an off-the-shelf footbed that’s transferable between all of your shoes.
This will make sure you have constant support and comfort when wearing your favourite footwear.
If you suffer from constant back pain, this could down to the shoes you wear. I advise that if you are suffering from any foot trouble you see a qualified podiatrist.
They will be able to assess and advise you on the right shoe design for your feet.
Tips to buying flat shoes