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Foot care should be an important part in our lives. After all, our feet are the only thing that will, literally, keep us moving. We understand that everyone’s feet is different, thus making the search for the ultimate comfort shoe difficult. There are many articles on this subject, and you’ve probably heard it all, so we’ll cut to the chase and point out some of the most important things we’ve discovered throughout our many years of experience.

The Correct Fit

Take a good look at the shoes you have now. What shoe size are they? Most people think they know their shoe size. Size is a huge factor in keeping your feet healthy and surprisingly most people do it wrong. It's because there are many misleading information out there that may cause confusion. To keep your feet healthy you must find a shoe that fits your feet correctly.

Too Small / Too Big

Taos- Freedom in Black

Some people believe they can fit into their size when they were 21. Studies show, unfortunately, that as people age, their feet will grow. A person can expect to gain a half inch to one inch foot size as they age. Other factors to consider is that feet will swell throughout the day. A shoe that is comfy in the morning might hurt and fit differently by the end of the day.

Shopping for a shoe during the afternoon or evening when your feet are at their fullest can help prevent this problem. When first tried on, a good shoe should not squeeze your feet. Have enough toe room- at least ⅜” to ½” an inch between your toes and the front of the shoe. Also don’t be hasty to believe you can break a shoe in if it hurts when trying it on for the first time. All shoes will need to be broken into regardless, but if there is pain from the beginning, there will most likely be pain all the time.

On the other hand, many people will go with the idea that they need a shoe size bigger. Indeed, feet will swell, but it will do so all over, not in length. It is good to have a little extra room, but you don’t want your feet swimming in your shoe. If a shoe is too big, your feet will slip forward, causing discomfort. One should never fight to keep a shoe from slipping off their feet.

Look in a mirror when trying on a shoe. If there is room in between the shoe and your heel, it is too big. Walk in the shoes. The rule of thumb is to see if your heel slips up and out of the shoe. The back of a shoe should cling comfortably to your heel with each step.

Shallow Feet?

Most people measure only from the bottom of their foot for the width and length. Often people forget that a foot has volume. The depth is the area from the top of the foot to the bottom. Having a shallow foot means that the very top of a foot is lower than usual. Finding a right fit can be harder in this case. One will notice extra room in the upper area of a shoe and experience more heel lift than usual. In this case people will think a shoe is too big. A smaller size will only result in a shoe too small.

A way to fix this problem is to purchase an insole. Insoles will help add depth to your feet for a perfect fit. For the summer time, a sandal with adjustable straps are ideal.

Not every shoe will fit the way you want it to and we understand, sometimes an insole or an adjustable strap just won't do. If this is the case, it's best to accept that a shoe is not meant to be. Your feet will thank you later.

Naot's Begonia in black. These sandals have a top that is completely made up of velcro straps. This is an ideal shoe for a foot that is shallow.

The Shoe Sizing Headache

Your old pair of shoes are a size 9 and you're trying on a different brand in the same size, but the fit is too small. Have your feet grown? In the shoe industry, sizing is a subject that is never set in stone. This may confuse people into thinking their feet are solely one particular size. Depending on the brand, a shoe can run smaller or bigger. There are many sizing systems all around the world. The two most popular systems- European and the US sizing system, in our case, do indeed have differences and this adds to the confusion.

The solution is to to have a good understanding of your own shoe size and to ultimately listen to what your feet are telling you. If you are trying on a new pair of shoes and the bigger size feels more comfortable and stable, it's ok to go with the bigger size. We can give you information about how to find the correct foot size, but since this article is about foot care, we'll save that topic for another time.

How about the Bigger Foot?

The majority of people have feet that are different from one another. They will vary in length, width and depth. Ever notice that bunion on one particular foot? Most of the time bunions develop from having a shoe that is too narrow or small. It’s likely that a foot with a bunion is the larger one. The best solution is to shop for the foot that is bigger. If one foot is significantly smaller, an insole or heel grip can be used to fill in the extra space.

Shoes for the Occasion

If you know you will be on your feet for most of the day, you must have the right shoe for it. Now days a comfort shoe brand will make a style for just about any type of shoe; and they’re not as ugly as you think. The comfort shoe industry has come a long way. Cute and beautiful shoes that are comfortable do indeed exist. Maybe the trick is to know your comfort shoe brands.

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For a great walking shoe try Allrounder’s Nana in Taupe. Allrounder is a brand by Mephisto. Most of their styles have insoles that can be taken out. This is great for people who want to use their own orthotics.

For a walking shoe that is more fashionable, try The Flexx- Sneak Name. This style has a woven leather upper. The insoles are also removable.

For a great walking sandal try Wolky- Alula in Red. Wolky is known worldwide for their comfortable and fashionable sandals.

How About Those Heels

For heel height, we recommend 3 inches and lower. When it comes to heels, the majority of your weight shifts to the front of your foot. Anything higher than 3 inches can be very strenuous on your feet, hips and back.

David Tate- Bella | A skinny low heel can look very flattering.

We’ll let you in on a secret. It is possible to go higher than 3 inches. If you’re brave enough, go with a platform shoe. Platforms are higher than usual and have added height at the front of the shoe.

Wonders- H-3022 | Find this exclusive style only at our in store location- Sherman Oaks

This platform measure out to be 4 inches in heel height. The added height in the front of the shoe is 1 inch, so your heel is actually raised up 2 inches in height. Your feet are less arched, resulting in a more balance foot rest.

Toni Pons- Ter in Red and Black | Wedges are the ultimate "comfort go to" style providing more stability.

Flat it Out

Flats might seem like the easier style to have when it comes to comfort shoes but there are things to keep in mind.

Most flats can have little to no support at all. If arch support is something you need, try Naot's Arataki in Black and Navy. Naot has flawless arch support and most of their innovated shoes and sandals have replaceable insoles.

Eric Michael- Olivia is another great alternative. This brand is known for having both cute and comfortable shoes.

For something more dressier, try Andre Assous- Maddie. This exclusive brand can only be found at our Sherman Oaks location.

So there you have it. Some of these tips are the things often forgotten when trying to keep your feet happy. The important thing is to know your feet. Which foot is bigger? Are your feet shallow? Have a good understanding of your own shoe size and pick the right shoe for the occasion. We hope this has brought you closer to understanding how to keep your feet healthy.