What characteristics should I look for in a pair of shoes?

When searching for shoes it can be difficult to gauge what is or isn’t a good thing. Many shoes claim to help with pain, injuries or fatigue but fall short in reality. When looking there are several things to keep in mind. A good quality shoe should have the following characteristics:

  1. Comfort: A good shoe should provide comfort to your feet, especially if you are going to wear them for extended periods. It should fit well with width at the forefoot and provide adequate support to your arches, heels, and toes.
  2. Durability: A good quality shoe should be made of high-quality materials that are durable and long-lasting. The sole should be strong and sturdy, and the upper part of the shoe should be made of a material that can withstand wear and tear.
  3. Breathability: Good shoes should be breathable to prevent your feet from sweating and smelling. The material used in making the shoe should allow air to circulate, keeping your feet cool and dry.
  4. Functionality: The shoe should also be functional, meaning it should serve the purpose for which it was designed. For example, running shoes should provide adequate support for running and should be lightweight.
  5. Price: A good quality shoe does not necessarily have to be expensive, but it should be reasonably priced, considering the quality of materials and craftsmanship used in making the shoe.

A visit to a specialty shoe shop often involves fitting to provide the ideal fit. If you are still struggling with finding the right shoes an appointment with a podiatrist may be helpful in pointing you towards the best option.