If you’re reading this, you’re probably ready to try a new pair of shoes. That’s great! It’s always nice to have options, especially regarding something as important as your feet. But before we get started with a few tips on how to find the best pedorthic shoes for you, there are a couple of things worth noting.
1. Measuring Your Feet
Measuring your feet is one of the most critical steps in finding a pair of shoes that fit correctly. In most cases, you will need to measure both feet. If the shoe size is different for each foot, it’s essential to know which one is larger and by how much to make an informed decision about which shoe should be fitted first. Measurements are taken from heel to toe, with the tape measure held snugly against the skin but not tight enough to compress tissue or cause discomfort.
2. Inspecting Your Old Shoes
Inspecting your old shoes is the first step to a great experience. Check the condition of the shoe. Does it seem like it’s ready for a new sole? If so, then you might want to start with a different model than what you’re used to—a good pair of pedorthic shoes can last up to three years with proper care, but if your current pair shows signs of wear and tear after just one year, then they might not be suitable for you anymore.
Do they feel comfortable? Does anything hurt when walking or running in them? Are there any indentations that cause discomfort in certain areas? (usually, these tend to be caused by overpronation)
3. Wearing the Right Socks
The best socks to wear with pedorthic shoes are at least 1/2 inch thick, have a smooth surface, and avoid seams, patterns, or elastic bands. While some patients may prefer the comfort of wearing their socks, it is essential not to compromise on the quality of your footwear by doing so.
As you get used to your new shoes, you may find that wearing different types of socks makes them more comfortable or reduces rubbing against other parts of your foot. It’s good practice to alternate between several pairs so they all remain fresh and clean (and don’t become smelly).
4. Coming in to Try on Shoes
It’s easy to come in and try on shoes; we’ll make it a comfortable, personal experience.
You can measure your feet at home and bring the information with you when you come to see us. You can also do this at the store, but we recommend getting them professionally measured first so we can get an accurate fit on both feet. This will help ensure that your shoes are fitted properly when explicitly made for your feet!
Trying shoes in-store is always best and can help you choose the perfect pair of shoes that will fit you just right. Browsing online for shoes can be a guessing game when it comes to finding the right size. At Dale’s Shoes, we offer custom shoe fittings that will ensure a perfect fit each time!
5. Be Prepared with Questions You May Have
Before you go to the store, have a list of questions you may want to ask about the shoes. For example:
- what is the return policy? If you don’t like them and can’t exchange them for another pair.
- can I try on the shoes before purchasing them? Just in case they don’t fit correctly or at all.
- what kind of warranty does this shoe offer?
So, there you have it: five simple steps to a better pedorthic shoe experience. With these tips in mind, we hope that you’ll be able to make the right choice when shopping for your next pair of shoes. Come into Dale’s Shoes today to learn more about our custom shoe fittings!