Shoe Shopping For Style And Comfort
October 11, 2020
There are few things that can affect our health and mental wellbeing as subtly and profoundly as an ill-fitting pair of shoes. Tight fitting shoes or shoes with too high a heel alter the way a person walks and can affect the knees, hips, spine and neck, a person’s overall posture. Shoe shopping for style and comfort is an important part of your well being.
Well-fitting shoes, and socks, are especially important for children whose bones are still growing, and who are vulnerable to developing lifelong foot problems.
Still, there is no reason to sacrifice the truly great shoe styles that are abundant today, especially online. Just take a few steps to make sure you are buying the right kind of shoe for your intended wear and to get the correct size.
Style and Purpose
When shoe shopping, of course style and purpose are important. But equally so, is ensuring that the shoes are fitted perfectly for the foot.
Each style varies, especially if the style has very pointed toes or high heels, which can add up to an entire size to that which normally you would wear.
Proper measurement is the key. The size that you generally wear is a guideline at best and is not a reliable guideline. It is especially important to be sure that the arch of the foot is supported well and also the appropriate part of the foot.
Be certain that your foot is measured correctly and the proper styled shoe with good arch supports for your foot exists in the shoe that you are buying.
The Shoe Sizing System
Although shoes have been worn throughout history, our current sizing methods are just one hundred years old. In 1880, the first uniform shoe sizing method was introduced in by Edwin B. Simpson. He defined the standardized sizing system we use today in the United States, with length sixes defined by numbers and by halves and the width given with the letters A to E.
Though sizing and custom shoe fitting is not a tradition, many shoppers still struggle with conversions between American (inches) and European (metric) sizing.
It is much more flattering to say you take and American size 7 and a half than to admit to a European sized 37 foot, isn’t it?
Shoe sizes also vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so bear in mind that size is really just a reference.
When to Buy
Some experts advise shopping for shoes at the end of the day when the feet are slightly swollen so that the fit will allow for swelling in the future. This may be a good strategy, but it may also result in shoes that are too big, as the average person’s foot swells by as much as 5% during a normal day. But it is a good test to make sure there is some extra room in your shoe.
Be certain that you are able to fit one finger between the shoe and the foot at the back of the heel and at the top of the arch. Shop for shoes while wearing socks or hose you normally wear with the shoes that you intend to buy.
And always, always avoid synthetic materials, which will not breathe or give your feet good air circulation when your feet sweat.
Buy leather when possible. It is healthier for your feet and far more attractive.
Summing it Up!
At VanityVibe, we have a host of options for you to choose from: from keds or sports/gym shoes to pumps and heels to fall/winter and party boots to flats for comfort wear – these are all offered by top global brands for both women and men – at super-discounted prices.
I’ve always been quite aware and conscious of whatever I wore, wanted to be a trend-setter of sorts rather than a trend-follower. Though, I rarely ever found what I wanted on the internet or even while live shopping, and never under the same one roof, especially the favorite branded products that I’ve always wanted to own.
It was karma that made me and Lina (our founder Lina Wang) come up with the cool idea of VanityVibe.com, where we could indulge in our own and several other women (and men’s) fantasies to stock, own and possess the stuff that we’ve always coveted and cherished!
Do feel free to contact me or Lina or our fashion consultants and advisors by chat or phone or email anytime for any queries that you may have regarding any of our products. Remember the super-discounts we have on all branded products several times during the month, month on month!
It’s your dream stuff right here: Shop away!
~ Lina Wang