Shoes are meant for protection, warmth and comfort.
Both feet need to be measured when standing and preferably
at the end of the day. Usually one foot is larger than the other, so always fit the larger
of the two. The other shoe can be adjusted or modified to feel better. Your shoe store
should be able to accommodate you for this or they should be able to recommend a
reputable repair person.
Length, width and depth are all equally important and must
be considered comfortable.
Laced shoes, with 4 eyelets on each side, are generally
much more appropriate than a slip on type of shoe, especially if an orthosis
to be worn.
A dress shoe is better if it has an ankle strap to hold the
heel back into the shoe thus not allowing the foot to spray forward.
There needs to be a full finger width between the end, the
longest toes and the end of the shoe. A more rounded toe generally fits the overall shape
of the foot better than a tapered toe box.
Leather is always preferred over synthetics, as it allows
perspiration to be evaporated naturally. Soft uppers and firm soles.
REMEMBER Shoes need to be as comfortable the
day they are put on, as the day you finally discard them.
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