Today we share some advice on how you can have comfortable shoes, and how this can improve your wellbeing as well as that of others around you.
Why Are Comfortable Shoes Important?
We spend about half our lives in our shoes. So, it's essential we are comfortable during this time. When your feet hurt, it distracts your brain from other work. Having a poor quality day negatively affects others around you. Last, and perhaps most importantly, uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes will harm your feet.
If you have wider feet and wear shoes that are too narrow, your toes will be forced to point inwards, causing pressure on the outer joint of your big toe. This could result in bunions, corns or ingrowing toenails. On the opposite side of the spectrum, wearing shoes that are too big will force your feet to expand and this has been known to cause flat feet.
Our Top 5 Tips for Comfortable Shoes
Over the years, designing and selling shoes, we like to think we know a bit about shoe comfort. Here are some great pointers we've picked up along the way.
1. Always Fit Test New Shoes
Carefully try them indoors. First impressions are usually the best. So if they don't feel right, don't force the matter. A little bit of short-term hassle in returning them is better than long-term pain.
2. Use Blister Patches Before You Get a Blister
Most of us tend to wait until we have a blister before we take action to remedy it. Why wait? If you find that your new shoes need a little bit of breaking in, use a blister patch for protection.
3. Don't Wear New Shoes When Travelling
New shoes often need breaking in and losening up. When you travel, you are often in the same position for prolonged periods and this may cause a bit of swelling in your feet. You'll notice this especially with air travel. When your shoes have no give, this can be uncomfortable and lead to sore feet.
4. Use Soft Soled Shoes
Leather soles are great because they look more natural - or even vintage - and give you that crisp clackety-clack sound when you walk. But they are slippery, they absorb water and provide no shock absorbancy. We therefore recommend shoes made from moulded natural or synthetic rubber. For more information see Men's Leather Shoes - Leather Soles?
5. Invest in a Shoe Tree
This has a double benefit. You can use a shoe tree to stretch out your shoes and prep them for wearing. It's also great for shoe maintenance. Slip in a shoe tree when you get back home in the evening. This will help them retain their shape for longer and you'll also find them easier to polish in the morning.
Shoe Care Essentials
Our relationship with shoes is almost symbiotic. If you want them to take care of you, you need to look after them. Download our free guide Shoe Care - 10 Essentials For Your Kit for a list of 10 items every gentleman needs, to look after his shoes.