Shoe Shopping 101

With fall just around the corner, you may have noticed a shift in decor in retail shops. In shoe stores, you may start to see big sales on summer sandals and new inventory of fall shoes and boots. It’s a great time to take stock of what footwear you need in your closet, and to be on the lookout for great shoes! While it’s tempting to choose footwear based on looks, our podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want to remind you of these important tips too!


  1. Try them on in person: As much as online shopping is convenient, there is a huge benefit to actually trying them on before buying. Shoes are built very differently depending on brand, materials, and structure of shoe, so it’s important to be able to not only try them on for fit, but also to feel the materials and flexibility of the shoe. You can also take advantage of the help you can get from footwear specialists at the store! Another recommendation is to go in the afternoon when your foot tends to be the most swollen. 
  2. Know what foot type you have: Knowing what kind of arches or foot shape you have makes it easier to shop for shoes that are supportive and comfortable. If you have low arches, it’s important to get shoes that have good arch support. If you have wider feet, choose a style that has a wider size option. 
  3. Look for good shock absorption: Regardless of your activity level, you can benefit from having good shock absorption in your shoes. If you’re on your feet a lot for work or you’re any type of athlete, extra cushioning is crucial to enhance the comfort of your feet, especially in the heel area that is prone to pain from overworking.
  4. Choose the right materials: The material of the shoes can make a big difference in how your feet can move. If you have diabetes or other condition that increases your risk of skin problems, look for flexible, breathable materials that will prevent blisters, corns, and calluses. Check the seams too, and be sure that they are not directly over your bunion, toe joints, or other potentially painful areas.   
  5. Opt for laced shoes for ultimate comfort: Laces may not be the most popular choice, but from a foot health perspective, they can be the best at creating a proper fit for your feet. It gives you room if you decide to insert custom orthotics to further enhance your foot function. It can prevent sprains and other injuries by eliminating shoes that fit too loosely on your feet.


Not sure what kind of shoes your feet need?

Consult with our foot doctors at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle SpecialistsOur podiatrists can determine what type of shoe, materials, build, and support your feet can benefit from. We even offer custom orthotics that you can bring with you to your next shoe shopping trip! The shoes you wear can have a big impact on your foot health, so it’s important to take these tips into consideration! If you have other foot concerns like heel paintoenail problems, or sports injuries, contact our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, KY and Albany, IN. Call us at (502)805-3338 to set up an appointment! 

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