Although buying shoes might seem like a simple enough activity, things get a bit more complicated when you consider how many types of shoes there are out there, each with their own specific function. Shoes should be an investment, so instead of just wasting money on the first pair of shoes you like, do your homework, and spend your hard-earned cash on the right shoes!
Open your mouth to find your feet
The quickest way to get information, is to ask for it. There is no need for you to navigate the confusing world of job-specific shoes on your own – find a store assistant and ask them to help you find the shoes you need. Be specific in explaining what you need and take advantage of the services of someone who has received training in this area.
I would also strongly recommend that you do as much of your own research upfront, before even hitting the stores in the hope of finding a pair of Nike shoes for sale. By this, I mean making sure of your reason to purchase, what job to you need your shoes to be able to do, how much wear and tear should they able to take, and what you are paying for all of this.
Your shoes should be constructed in such a way that you get the right amount of support across your feet, especially in your toes, heels and ankles – the areas that are most prone to taking a beating from a long day on your feet.
Certain shoes are manufactured to a higher standard than others, but just because your eyes were drawn to a pair of shoes on a Nike Sales table, doesn’t mean they aren’t good. If you are lucky enough to find the right shoes on sale, lucky you, but rather be open to spending a little bit more and spending your money on the right thing, than try to cut corners.
Walk the line
The fact that you are buying walking shoes presupposes that you are preparing to spend some time standing upright. For this reason, decent support across the arches can be invaluable, and similarly, the shoes should be constructed to a level of stability that allows you to do just that without becoming fatigued. This doesn’t mean thicker walls or higher soles, but rather, a pair of shoes that offer comfort and support in the form of cushioning.
A shortcut to the perfect fit
Try on the shoes you like – the ball of your foot should sit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe, without being squashed against the sides. Avoid shoes that ride over your heel, as an ill fit can lead to major blistering over the heel area. Finally, and most importantly – don’t rush it. Walk around the shop until you have a decent idea of how the shoes fit and whether they support you in all the right places, according to what job you expect them to fulfil.
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