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How to pick the right shoe

admin 06:45:pm Jan 29 2017

Shoe Types

Formals (Dress Shoes) are worn by many as their standard daily shoes and are mostly black or brown in colour. They are made of leather, usually entirely, including the outers, lining, and sole, though for more durability at the expense of elegance, many shoes are made with rubber soles.

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Chukkas are the business casual of boots.They’re very comfortable, yet look sharp enough for most social occasions. They look great with khakis or jeans in an office environment.

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Loafers are best if you need semi-formal outfits at work. Some come with tassels, some come with buckles, and some are just plain leather.

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Sneakers are footwear with a flexible sole made of rubber or synthetic material and an upper part made of leather or synthetic materials. They are primarily designed for sports/physical exercise but have evolved to be used for casual everyday activities.

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Kolhapuri chappal are Indian hand-crafted leather slippers that are locally tanned using vegetable dyes. They are a style of open-toed, T-strap sandal which originated from Kolhapur, a southern district in the state of Maharashtra.

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Flip Flops are a type of open-toed sandal, typically worn as a form of casual wear. They have a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped rubber strap that passes between the first and second toes and around either side of the foot.

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When shopping for shoes, you want to have more than fashion in mind - you'll also want to consider function and keeping your feet in good shape. Finding the right pair of shoes seems like a simple thing, but with the advent of specialized footwear for a host of activities, and new technological advances in material and production methods, this is not necessarily true anymore.

Things to be kept in mind while buying new shoes

Identify the activity you will be engaged in while wearing your shoes.

Here are some general suggestions for activities paired with suitable footwear:
  1. Hiking: Low cut boots, or brogans, with sturdy uppers, good ankle support, traction soles, and sufficient arch support.
  2. Cold-weather outdoor activities: Look for traction again, and consider insulated and possibly water repellent boots, especially if you expect to be walking in snow or slushy ice. Be sure the boots are large enough for a good pair of thick socks.
  3. Athletic shoes: This is one of the most diverse lines of footwear, with specialized shoes for almost every sport, so you will probably be better off talking to a knowledgeable sales person at a shoe store to find the most suitable type for a specific need.
  4. Casual shoes: You should consider how much walking will be involved in your plans, and choose shoes that are comfortable. Generally black or brown shoes will work with most business or evening attire.

Look for shoes that offer sufficient arch support

Our feet carry a load with each step we take, day in and day out, and the arch of the foot is a mechanical marvel that acts as both a shock absorber and balancing mechanism, and being sure to keep it supported will help maintain its health.

Think about the material the sole is made from

  1. Soft soled shoes are generally quieter and more comfortable than stiff, inflexible soles. Some very hard soled shoes will mark hard surfaced flooring like vinyl composition tiles, and in some instances, such as hospital environments, the tapping of hard soles can be disturbing to people in the workplace, as well as patients.

  2. Examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Take note of how they feel as you walk around the shoe store. Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoe feels on both.

Look at the material the uppers are made from

Most shoes are traditionally made from leather, but there are many grades and types of leather, and each has its own distinct characteristics. Suede don't require polishing, as do patent leathers, and very fancy shoes may be made from exotic animal skins, even alligator or ostrich skin. Many people are reluctant or refuse to wear any shoes or clothing made from animal products, so synthetic materials or natural fibers will be their preference.

Have your feet properly measured for shoes to fit correctly

  1. Take a tracing of your foot with you. Place any shoe you think you might buy on top of the tracing. If the shoe is narrower or shorter than the tracing, don’t even try it on.

  2. Shop for shoes during the afternoon — your foot naturally expands with use during the day.

  3. Wear the same type of socks to the store that you intend to wear with the shoes.

  4. Have a salesperson measure both of your feet — and get measured every time you buy new shoes. Feet change with age, often growing larger and wider. If one foot is larger than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.

Examine the stitching and construction methods for your shoes

  1. Double row stitching on the uppers, sealed seams with gussets, reinforcing rivets, and Goodyear Welt construction are indications of well made, durable shoes or boots.

  2. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.

Choose the style and type of shoe you are interested in, and try them on in the store

  1. Stand in the shoes. Press gently on the top of the shoe to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This provides enough room for your foot to press forward as you walk. Wiggle your toes to make sure there’s enough room.

  2. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don’t rationalize that the shoes just need to be “broken in.” Find shoes that fit from the start.

  3. Pay attention to width as well as length. If the ball of your foot feels compressed in a particular shoe, ask if it comes in a wider size. Buying shoes that are a half-size bigger — but not any wider — won’t necessarily solve the problem.

  4. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description. Sizes vary between manufacturers. And no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you’re the real judge.

Don't let price be the sole criteria for your selection

Cheap shoes will not last as long, or be as good for your feet, as will more expensive, better quality ones.


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