11 tips for finding the right shoes

Updated: Dec 26, 2020



Choosing the right shoes is one of the critical factors in preventing blisters since better-fitting shoes reduce localized friction. Of course, the bright side of selecting the right pair of shoes doesn't just prevent blisters but also allows you to perform your activity comfortably and keep your foot in good shape. The following tips help you to choose the right shoes.


  1. Fitting on the shoes in the late afternoon. Our feet usually are swollen towards the end of the day. Meaning that the shoes perfectly fit in the morning may become too tight in the afternoon.

  2. Make sure the heel and the toe part of the shoes provide enough support. When you squeeze them, they should keep their shape without lasting deformation.

  3. The footwear sole should be flexible, bending the shoes and the forefoot area should have sufficient flexibility. Shoes with a rigid sole will prevent the foot joints from moving normally and result in gait disorders or painful feet.

  4. Wear the socks you intend to wear with that pair of shoes.

  5. Choose the shoes based on your larger foot size.

  6. Walking around on a hard and soft surface. Feels the comfort of the shoes, is it too tight? Or too hard? You should feel comfortable as soon as you try on the shoes, don't try to break them in.

  7. Check the inside of the shoes thoroughly; it should be soft and without any seams, tags, or any materials that cause discomfort.

  8. The shoes should be sturdy enough to protect your feet from a sharp object.

  9. Length of the shoe, when you are standing, keep your heel touching the back of the shoes, you should have the width of your thumb between your longest toe and the front of the shoes.

  10. Width of the shoes, the widest part of your foot should not be bulging out of your shoes.

  11. Depth of the shoes, allow adequate room in the toe box (the area surrounding the toes in closed-toes shoes).


Finding the right pair of shoes including choosing the right length, width, depth and flexibility

If your shoes have shoelaces, tie it firmly to prevent your toes from jamming into the front part of the shoes. Also, adjust the laces to adapt to the change of your feet during activity.


There are chances that you cannot find your perfect shoes, e.g., bunions or deformed toes. Please visit proper medical professionals e.g., podiatrists, if you have the above problem.


For participating in sports activities, you are recommended to choose the shoes specially designed for that sport to protect your feet under different conditions.


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