Active Transportation: Walking Gear

Choosing Shoes that Fit

Do you know what time of day is best to go shopping for a new pair of shoes?   Learn the answer and discover additional shoe shopping tips below.

  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing.
  • Most people’s feet are slightly different sizes, so always buy shoes that fit your larger foot.
  • Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store.
  • Don’t buy athletic shoes that need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable from the first day.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes. Shoes sizes can vary from brand to brand.
  • Shop for shoes later in the day. Feet tend to swell during the day, and you want to find shoes that fit comfortably when they are in that state.
  • Be sure that shoes fit well – front, back, and sides. It sounds basic, but be sure the widest part of your foot corresponds to the widest part of the shoe.
  • Buy shoes that don’t pinch your toes, either at the tips, or across the toe box.
  • Try on shoes while you’re wearing the same type of socks you plan to wear with the shoes.
  • If you wear prescription orthotics, you should take them along to shoe fittings.
  • Choose shoes that are made for the activity you are doing (such as running shoes for running, and tennis shoes for tennis).
Replacing Shoes

Did you know that your shoes can look good, and still be worn out? Here are some tips to help you decide if it’s time to replace your shoes.

  • If you are getting blisters or ingrown toenails, it may be a sign your shoes do not fit well.
  • Once the tread on your athletic shoes is smooth, they need to be replaced. You may even notice that the heels have worn unevenly.
  • If the midsoles look uneven, or your shoes appear to be at an angle when placed on a flat surface, this is also a sign they need replacement.
  • Wrinkles or creases in the midsole indicate that the cushioning is breaking down and the shoe is no longer providing enough support. You can test the cushioning by pressing into the midsole with your thumbs – it should compress under pressure. Over time, the same amount of pressure will not compress the midsole as much.
  • If you have aches and pains in your feet, shins, legs, knees, hips or back after you have been wearing the same pair of athletic shoes for a few months, you probably need a new pair – especially if you notice the signs of wear and tear listed above.

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Contact Us

Shelley Worley – Health Educator, Summit County Health Department

650 Round Valley Drive, Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-333-1507 Fax: 435-333-1580
sworley@summitcounty.org

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