It is very important to take care of your feet and one of the very first steps to taking care of your feet is to wear comfortable footwear. As women, sometimes we may ignore the amount of comfort shoes give or don't give, if the shoes are very stylish. "Depending on the situation, you can ignore the pain in favor of appearance and allow the experience of sore, tired feet to be dismissed as part of wearing fashionable shoes." (Austin, 2011) However, we must remember that a part of maintaining our well-being, is maintaining our feet. Uncomfortable shoes are damaging to your feet and it can cause: 1. Pain; 2. Blisters; 3. Morton's Neuroma - an abnormal thickening of the tissues surrounding the nerves of the feet; and 4. Corns & Calluses - thickened skin.To learn more about your feet and problems that your feet may encounter due to uncomfortable footwear, click here!
All summer, I have been trying to be conscious of what shoes I put on my feet. One of my favorite and most comfortable heels are my black BCBG Max Azria heels....
Sometimes you have to spend a little more on your heels, so that you can walk with a higher and healthier stride. Too often, I see women buying inexpensive shoes that clearly wont do them any good for their feet or their body. Here are a few steps to take when purchasing shoes:
1. Observe how your foot is built. Know your foot!
3. Try on the shoes, stand up and walk around. If your feet vary slightly in size, choose the most comfortable size for the larger foot.
4. Have your feet measured at least once a year, the size and shape of our feet change over the years. This will better assure you of a comfortable fit.
FITNESSWhen it comes to exercise shoes, there is one key rule to follow in order to maintain comfortable feet while exercising, and that is to replace your shoes frequently. Depending, on the intensity of the activity you partake in, you will need to replace your exercise shoes every year. As a rule: if you are active at a low mileage with little intensity (run / walk 3-4 times per week) your running/walking/cross training shoes should be replaced at least twice a year or every 6 months; if you are an avid runner or walker (exercising more than 4 times per week), you may need to replace your shoes every 3-4 months; if you exercise with extreme intensity (e.g. full marathon, triathlon training, etc.), you may need to replace your exercise shoes every 2-3 months.
I exercise 3-4 times a week (sometimes I get lazy though). Since, I exercise as much as I do, I recently had to buy a new pair of cross trainers; it was long overdo - like 6 months overdo.
My Old Cross Trainers
My New Cross Trainers
As you can see, my old pair of exercise shoes were worn out; the tread began to look very used, which is a good sign that my shoes needed to be replaced. In addition to, the look of being worn out, I felt it. I wasn't as comfortable while doing my squats, crunches, weight training, etc. Now, my feet are happy again; I hope yours are, too.