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Choosing the Right Comfortable Shoes for You:
Opt for Comfortable Shoes to Help Alleviate Painful Foot Aches
 
If you have problem feet, your shoes could be the reason why, as many ill-fitting, poorly designed shoes contribute to such conditions as bunions, corns and calluses. Roomy, comfortable shoes, however, provide you with the cushioning and support you need.
 
The Ideal Comfortable Shoe
 
Good, comfortable shoes should have the following characteristics:
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #1: Look for comfortable shoes with a firm heel counter.
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #2: Your comfortable shoes should have a wide enough toe box to accommodate toes without pinching them.
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #3: Be on the lookout for comfortable shoes with a semi-rigid or rigid shank.
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #4: Look for comfortable shoes with a removable inner sole.
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #5: Comfortable shoes with a long vamp are a good buy.
  • Comfortable Shoes Tip #6: Be on the lookout for comfortable shoes with a heel measuring between ¾ - 1½ inches.

Remember:
  • Comfortable shoes should hold onto the foot, not the other way around.
  • Adjustable comfortable shoes may have features like Velcro®, and easily adjust to accommodate swollen, wide and/or problem-prone feet.

Here are some other features to consider in good, comfortable shoes:
  • Comfortable shoes with a padded collar and tongue can help protect sensitive areas, reduce irritation and secure the fit.
  • Comfortable shoes with a rubber outsole can aid with slip resistance.
  • Comfortable shoes with an interchangeable removable insole can help with perspiration problems and accommodate any orthotic devices.
  • Comfortable shoes with Velcro® help provide good closure.
  • Comfortable shoes featuring a plastizote foam lining mold to the foot to reduce pressure points and provide customized comfort and protection.
  • Comfortable shoes with a firm compression EVA midsole and breathable leather upper are a good buy.
  • Comfortable shoes with a flared outsole help enhance foot stability.
  • Comfortable shoes with a polyurethane rocker sole help reduce ball-of-foot pain and absorb shock.
 
Comfortable Shoes for People with Specific Foot Ailments
 
People with specific ailments should look for comfortable shoes that can help best relieve their pain.
  • Comfortable shoes for diabetics and those with swollen feet should be quite roomy. Oxfords, for example, are good examples of comfortable shoes that – with their added depth feature – can accommodate even the fifth toe.
  • If you’re suffering from bunions, your comfortable shoes should have spandex stretch uppers to help reduce chafing and friction when walking.
  • If you have heel pain and need shoes for plantar fasciitis, add over-the-counter arch supports to your comfortable shoes. If this doesn’t help alleviate pain, visit a podiatrist to be fitted for custom orthotics. And don’t forget to bring your comfortable shoes with you.
 
Tips for Buying New Comfortable Shoes
 
1. Never buy your comfortable shoes first thing in the morning. The feet swell as the day goes on, and your comfortable shoes should accommodate this added size.

2. Always break in new comfortable shoes at home on carpeting.

3. Do not expect shoes to stretch. If the shoe does not fit, do not wear it. Check to make sure your comfortable shoes have a thumb-length space at the toe end of the shoe beyond the longest toe to receive the best care.

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