As you probably know by now, we really love shoes here at PlanetShoes. Everything from winter boots to strappy heels gets our attention. See one of us walking down the street and our eyes will probably be looking down near the ground, checking out everyone’s shoes and the brands they love!
As much as we love them though, shoes can be awfully finicky. Whether you’re in between sizes or have foot issues like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis or bunions, it can sure be difficult to find the perfect pair of shoes that keep you pain-free all day long.
Knowing shoes as well as we do, we have a bit of insight into how to keep your feet as injury-proof as possible this spring. Whether you’re off for a night on the town or at a casual brunch on Sunday morning, we know exactly how to keep your feet happy in your shoes!
Let’s Make Your Casuals Comfortable
Heading out for date night? Dress shoes like heels, peep-toe pumps and flats can do a number on your feet… especially if you’re dancing the night away. For heels and pumps especially, be sure to test them out by walking around your house for a bit before you go out in them. The narrow shape of these high-heeled wonders can crowd your toes and blister your lower feet, so looking for heels with a wider toe box is key (your toes should be able to wiggle!). To avoid slipping and potentially twisting your ankle, grab some Foot Petalz—small stickers you put on the bottom of your heels to keep sturdy on slippery surfaces.
While flats may not have the same issues as heels do, these shoes oftentimes don’t come with very good arch support. If you have feet that tend to feel best in this kind of support, look for flats that explicitly state their “high arch support” quality in the description. If you end up with (or already have) a pair of flats that hurt your feet, find a great insole to insert into your sole for a comfortable, easy walking experience.
As the weather gets warmer and sandals make their debut, arch support is important to keep in mind. Flip-flops are truly tough on your feet, offering little support while allowing feet to be subject to dirt and other debris. However, they’re super convenient. Try to wear flip-flops sparingly if you have finicky feet, choosing sandals with straps to hold your feet in and significant arch support. When you do wear sandals, be sure to moisturize your feet regularly to keep them happy and fresh!
How do you injury-proof your casual shoes? How do you take care of them? We’d love to hear your tips!