More often than we'd like to admit, we have muttered under our breath in a shoe store "but they'll stretch."
Let's paint a picture for you: you've been shopping at the mall for 4 hours and you're over it. You finally find a show that fits your wide foot better than the others. You ignore the fact it is pressing oddly on your achilles because you just want to go home. So you give in- and buy it!
Or perhaps you need a new pair of running shoes as your current ones are falling apart. You head online and see two pairs you love. One, says it is fitted with cushioning, breathable fabric and elastic support that is perfect for running. It isn't on sale though. The other does not have any of the previous features- but it's 20% cheaper! You are desperate to run so settle for the pair on sale.
We've all been there. But we've also all had botched up feet afterwards. What we've realised in all our years in the shoe industry is that a good pair of shoes that fit do wonders.
Poor fitting shoes goes beyond blisters and bunions. It actually can contribute to a whole range of bodily dysfunctions and pain.
In this blog we break down the importance of wearing shoes that fit properly- and how Easy Living Footwear can help you find them.
The issues with buying shoes that don't fit:
When you wear a shoe that fits your foot properly, not tight and not loose, it provides a good platform for your foot to support your body, given that it is a good shoe to begin with.
Wearing a shoe that is too tight can lead to the following:
- Pressure against the nail bed can cause the nail to grow into the skin, rather than out.
- Corns and calluses can also form on the toes as a barrier against a shoe that is too tight.
- Beyond callusing, a more permanent disfigurement called a bunion can form when you wear shoes that are too small.
But wearing a shoe that is too big also leads to foot ailments:
When your shoe is too big it will cause you to walk in an unnatural and dysfunctional way. This can lead to serious foot problems.
Exercising or running with shoes that don't fit properly can lead to more serious issues like:
- Back Pain
- Shin Splints
- Leg pain
- Stiff Legs
- Muscle Spasms/Weakness
Moral of the story? Wear shoes that fit:
At Easy Living Footwear, we carry brands that support your feet, are comfy, and fit well. Our orthotic and comfort range has had expert podiatrists at the forefront of their creation. Here are a couple of our fave comfy shoes:
If you are shopping online and want to ensure you are getting the right fit, you can refer to our sizing guide found below and in the description of each shoe on the site:
Find your perfect fit at Easy Living Footwear.