5 ways to protect your feet & make shoes more comfortable

By Barbara Schneider-Levy

After a long winter of comfort food, many people head to the gym with hopes of slimming down for bathing-suit season. And following the warmest months of the year, feet are often the body part that expands — making the transition from easy, breezy, open-toe footwear to closed-toe looks an often painful experience.

In order to comfortably get back into these styles before the first cold snap of the fall, there are some easy tips to follow — and they don’t involve diet or exercise. Paul Weiner, a certified pedorthist and owner of Walk’n Shoes in Boca Raton, Fla., offers some suggestions when shopping for a new fall shoe wardrobe.

Ignore size: After toes have experienced ample wiggle room in sandals, they can feel constricted in closed-toe looks. So even after being properly remeasured, remember that a size seven from one brand may not measure up exactly to a seven in another. Be willing to try a range of brands and sizes.

The right width can mean all the difference, said Weiner, making a strong case for taking foot girth well as length into consideration. Shoes that are too narrow can create foot issues later on, so buyer beware.

Don’t underestimate the power of socks. While most women prefer a barefoot look, even when wearing boots, socks can provide added cushioning as well as wick away moisture, providing a healthier climate inside the shoe.

Insoles are a quick fix when looking for that ahhh factor. While Weiner suggests those with pronation issues may benefit from a firmer insole that offers support and alignment, he personally likes the feel of enhanced cushioning available in both full-length insoles or ball-of-foot pads. But, he warns, make sure a shoe’s current footbed can be removed in order to accommodate a replacement.

Indulge in some foot pampering. Just because feet are hidden inside a shoe, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t continue to be pampered. A day at the spa can be a welcome break from pounding the cold, wet pavement.

Source: Footwear News | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide