As summer approaches, chances are you will find yourself on the hunt for some new shoes. Whether you need something active, dressy or just something to get you from the beach to the pub and back again, there are a few things to look for to make sure your new kicks don’t do you any damage.
Good Arch Support
One of the most important features of a new pair of shoes is also one of the most overlooked. Proper arch support impacts everything from your posture, your balance right through to ensuring your whole body has the support it needs to prevent injuries. Despite this, many shoes today don’t provide enough arch support. The good news is, insoles are an easy fix to boost the arch support in your favourite pair of shoes that fit quickly and easily into almost any shoe. Explore our range of insoles here.
Space for Toes
When buying new shoes, fit really is everything. To help prevent injury and ensure you stay comfortable, choose shoes that allow adequate room for your toes to ensure they aren’t curled up and under pressure. The best way to test this? Do a few laps of the shop before buying!
A Firm Heel
Another mark of good support in a pair of shoes is a stiff heel. As a quick test, try grabbing the heel of the shoe in one hand and the back of the shoe above the heel in the other — the shoe should hold firm when you try to twist it.
While everyone knows their shoe size, not as many people are familiar with the width of their feet. Wearing shoes that are too narrow for your feet can create pressure and lead to all sorts of injuries over time. It’s a good idea to check your foot width from time to time as the shape of our feet tends to change over time.
The Right Amount of Give
Flexibility is incredibly important in shoes. Ideally, you want a shoe that will move with your foot and support the natural movements of your body by bending where your toes bend. If you’re looking for a great range of casual footwear that does just that, explore our range here.