The Right Shoes for What You Do

shoesWhether you’re working, playing sports, working out, or simply playing around, the right shoes matter! In fact, your footwear can mean the difference between staying active and staying on the sidelines, or worse, on the couch. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your shoes not only fit, but fit what you do.

Heading outside? Don’t break out your sandals before the snow is gone or you’ll be putting yourself at risk for frostbite. If the spring rains have started, kick off those canvas tennis shoes and slip into some waterproof boots with wicking liners instead, so you can side step a fungal infection.

Proper footwear for fitness is a must to prevent injury, too. You wouldn’t wear cleats on a basketball court or high-tops to go for a run. Nor would you don ballerina shoes to go for a hike, or hiking boots to go dancing. However, sometimes your choices are not quite as obvious. It’s important to do a little research, shop at a specialty store, and look for footwear with the sport-specific features you need to protect your foot from harm.

If your work requires you to be on your feet a lot, you might want to trade your flip flops in for a pair of shoes with plenty of cushion and support. Need to dress up? Opt for low heels and avoid styles that are narrow or pointy to avoid problems.

In general, you should shop for shoes at the end of the day after your feet have naturally swelled a bit. Always measure your feet as your size may change over time. Try on shoes with the socks you plan to wear with them, and be sure footwear feels comfy right away – you should never have to “break them in!” Make sure you can fit your thumb between your longest toe and the end of the shoe, and there should be plenty of wiggle room in the toe box – think wide and deep. Soles should be sturdy, yet flex where your foot naturally bends when you step. Also, look for footwear made of breathable materials and remember that laces allow you to better adjust the fit. If you need a little extra support, orthotics are a great option. Lastly, wearing worn out shoes is a big no-no. Replace them before you get hurt!

For more help finding the right shoes for you, contact our Roselle Park office at (908) 687-5757, or our office in Princeton at (609) 924-8333. Whether you’re at work or play, we’ll help ensure you have the proper footwear on your feet to keep them healthy and safe!