In my experience of buying shoes, the most important thing about a shoe is that it fits your feet. Everything is secondary to that. So in this blog I will be outlining a few considerations about buying a new pair of shoes. This is part of a series to become an educated consumer.
The name of the game is comfort: comfort along the bottom of your feet, around your feet, and while walking, the shoes should do well (not slip, making you wary of where you place your shoes each step you take) on wet ground.
The shoes must fit your feet’s shape. Be sure that the size shoe you pick is the right size, with only one to two fingers able to slip in the heel, in between your heel and the shoe. If it doesn’t, you’ll have niggling experiences with your shoe. For example, your heel may slip every time you place your foot on the ground.
Fit includes the shoe fitting all three dimensions of your feet. The tongue (flap) should not be cutting into your foot, there should not be any stitches that dig into your foot on the shoe. The heel of the shoe should fit snugly with your heel. The upper should feel nice around the front of your foot.
This is largely to one’s preference. Walking shoes can generally be any level of cushioning because the impact on the foot is relatively low.
The treads on your shoe are also important because its performance on wet ground will decide whether your shoes slip as you are walking on wet pavement.
This includes the material of the shoe, the colour, the outer bottom part of the shoe at a right angle to the ground, the outer sole of the shoe.
Just make sure your shoe fits your feet comfortably, with good traction and durability and there will be no problems.