Like women, men usually need several different types of shoes for different types of activities. It can be a challenge to find the right pair for work, leisure, and athletics. It’s important to find shoes that are comfortable, don’t cause pain, and don’t put pressure on your heels or arches. There are tips to consider when shopping for shoes that can make it easier to find the perfect pair.
Shoe Buying Tips for Men
When buying shoes, it’s sometimes tempting to choose style over comfort. But a shoe that’s trendy may quickly go out of fashion, and you should consider a more classic style that can be worn with more clothing options. Some common shoe styles for men include:
- Dress boots
- Hiking boots
The following tips can help when you are shopping for shoes:
- Go to a retail location rather than ordering online. Trying on shoes in person at a retail location is recommended over purchasing online. This is especially helpful if you are shopping for a new brand or style that you have not worn before. Once you know how a shoe is going to fit, you can then purchase it online with less risk.
- Consider the time of day. Because your feet swell during the day, you should shop for shoes in the late afternoon or evening when your feet are at their largest. This ensures that you have a bit of wiggle room in your shoes in the morning, and your shoes will fit comfortably when your feet expand.
- Get your feet measured. As you age, your feet can change sizes. Many shoe departments have size guides or salespeople who can assist you with measuring your feet. Knowing your exact shoe size can help you find the right fit for your foot. Foot width is also an important factor when it comes to men’s shoes. A shoe that is too narrow for your foot can cause pain and discomfort and lead to foot problems.
- Be aware of any foot conditions. Be sure to find shoes that accommodate any special foot conditions. For example, if you have bunions, you may want to look for shoes with a wider toe box.
- Wear socks when trying on shoes. Consider the type of sock you plan to wear with the shoes you are purchasing, and wear those when trying on shoes.
- Try on the shoes and walk around. If the shoes feel uncomfortable in the store, you may want to pass on them and find a shoe that doesn’t require a breaking-in period.
- Do your research. Research the type of shoe you want for a specific purpose or sport. Because there can be endless options, especially for athletic shoes, go to the store prepared. It will save you time, and you’ll be able to more easily identify what you want.
- Look for shoes that offer support. You likely want shoes that have supportive arches and a good quality sole.
- Replace your shoes. Don’t wear shoes that are worn out. At the first sign of wear, replace them.
- Try custom orthotics. If you spend long hours standing on your feet, consider not only purchasing shoes with padding and support but adding a custom orthotic to wear inside of your shoes. Orthotics can give additional support where you need it most and can take pressure off certain areas of your feet.
Contact a Podiatrist
If you need help in determining the type of shoe that’s best suited for your foot type and needs, contact a podiatrist for help. A podiatrist can:
- Analyze your walking gait
- Check your feet for any problems
- Make recommendations for specific shoe styles that might be best for you
If you need help determining the type of shoes to purchase, contact Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry for an evaluation. We can provide a free initial consultation and help determine the right type of shoe for you. To set up an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call our office today.