Buying & Wearing Shoes
Tips for adults and children
Getting the right fit
Purchase with function in mind
For work: Working men and women should earmark at least three pairs of shoes for business hours. People who spend most of their working day on their feet should wear cushioned-soled shoes.
Workers in heavy industry should always wear shoes with toe protection.
For play: For casual wear, men and women can choose from a wide variety of casual slip-on and tied shoe and boot styles as well as a wide variety of sport shoes and boots.
For walking: Support is critical, and a lightweight, tie shoe is recommended. Specialists also advise that you look for cushioned heels and soles for bounce on hard surfaces and traction on slippery ones.
For children: Though fit is the most important consideration in children's shoes, function applies here, too. For every day, crepe or rubber-soled shoes help cushion impact on growing feet better than dressier shoes with thinner soles. Buckled and tied shoes stay on the foot well and are best for active, daily wear.
A child's shoe size should be measured regularly.
Look for shoes that are straight-laced, have a firm, rigid heel counter and flex at the toe.
Make sure there is room for the child to wiggle his or her toes, that the heel isn't slipping out of the shoe and that there is at least 1⁄2 inch from the tip of the child's toe to the end of the shoe.
Taking care of your shoes
First, look for signs of wear. If the heel lifts are low, you are ‘down at heel' and asking for trouble. Run-down heels put uneven pressure on your heel bone which supports 25% of your body weight, and adds to uneven walking patterns which can translate to pains throughout the body.
Thin and worn soles provide little protection from the shocks of hard surfaces and put unnecessary strains on the metatarsal joints.