Ready to buy some new shoes?

Ready to buy some new shoes? Follow these five steps first, to ensure your feet stay healthy and well-protected.

Step 1: Push

Want to see how much support your shoes provide? Push the back ends of your shoes inwards. If the back end stays firm, the heel counter is robust and wil provide enough support for your feet.

If the back end bends inwards the heel counter is flexible. This means you either have a light-weight training shoe meant for activities that don't require support, or you may need to re-think buying this pair of shoes!

Step 2: Bend

Want to check your shoe is flexible where it counts? Bend the front part of your shoes.

Your foot naturally bends and flexes at your joints just behind your toes. Having a shoe that bends with your feet is important not only for comfort, but also to help you move. The more flexible and elastic your shoe at this vital spot, the greater your ability to activate the muscles in your foot.

Step 3: Twist

Want to make sure your foot is supported during physical acitivities? Ensure the middle section of you shoe stays nice and firm.

You should not be able to twist your shoes thorugh the middle, instead, your shoes should remain stable and firm. This is essential to support your foot arch, and to bear your body weight.

Step 4: Tie

Want to make sure your fet are firmly secured in your shoes? Tying laces can help!

If you don't want to use laces, then buckes or velcro can achieve the same result. Securing your feet helps to stop your toes jamming into the front end of your shoes — and it increases support, which can help relieve pain in your feet.

Step 5: the rule of thumb

Want to ensure your shoes fit correctly? Look no further than your thumb!

You should leave about one thumb-width (1.5cm) of space between the tip of your longest toe and the front end of the shoe you are being fitted for. This is because, as you move your foot slides forward. If your toes are touching the front end of your shoes, then they are too small. Remember — your longest toe may not be your big toe.

 

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