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There are many things to consider before purchasing your next pair of shoes. Shoes protect your feet, which of course support the entire weight of your body all day long. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause a long list of ailments in your feet. The correct shoes will help prevent many of these ailments that could arise.

First off, consider the material makeup of your shoes. Certain styles are not as suitable for long stretches of wearing as others. For instance, leather shoes are preferable because of the fact that they mold to the foot and are more breathable over the duration of wear and tear.

Your soles should be strong and also flexible with a good gripping surface. Durability is a top priority for any shoe buyer looking out for their feet. You can’t protect the inside of your shoes without a strong, sufficient outsole.

iStock_000020399190SmallYour insoles should have enough cushion to absorb the many jolts and such feeling that come with walking on hard or uneven surfaces. Also note that the higher the incline of the heel or wedge in the shoe, the more stressful the shoe will be to your feet when wearing them for long hours.

Your body posture can be negatively altered if wearing high heels, wedges, or heavy clogs. Definitely something you should consider when buying your next pair of Cobb Hill Shoes or Munro shoes from Munro American.

Arch supports, orthotics and specially made insoles from companies like Pedag will help with distributing weight over a wider area. The inside of your shoe should not be any sort of bother to you. If the insoles never even come as a thought to you, that’s a good thing, as they aren’t giving you a reason to worry about them.

Be honest with yourself. Ask the basic simple question: do these shoes fit?

If they aren’t comfortable, then don’t buy them! There’s no need to try to sacrifice comfort for shoes that happen to look good. Always be honest with yourself; only you can tell if the shoes fit.

Also, don’t necessarily plan on shoes stretching with wear. Not every shoe is built the same and materials vary, all adding up to different degrees of insoles opening up over time. If you already own shoes that are too tight, consider taking them to get stretched by a shop that specializes in that area.

With your feet spreading with age, try to get in the habit of having your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Always buy shoes for the biggest of your two feet, as well as try to wait until the later part of the day to try on shoes. Your feet will swell to their largest at that particular point in the day.

When you put on a shoe, take time to pinpoint how each end of the shoe feels on you. The heel should fit snugly and the instep should not gape open. also, the toe box should be roomy enough for all of your toes to wiggle around.

Finally, one brand of shoes will not be the same as the other. Don’t always assume that because you’re a size 9 in one pair of shoes that size 9 will be just right for you when trying on a brand new pair of Jambu shoes, or any other brand.

Stick to these tips and you’ll be walking in pure comfort in whatever shoes you decide on!