Proper Shoes for Your Feet

Given that there’s no rule of thumb to changing and replacing your shoes, make sure to check the wear on the sole and the general condition of the shoe. A shoe that feels less comfortable should be replaced. And the replacement doesn’t only apply to old shoes. A pair of new shoes that haven’t been worn for a long period should also be replaced, because the cushioning and supports may have stiffened.

Shoe with Proper Ankle Support

Proper ankle support ensures that the foot is aligned with the ankle. This limits the movement of the foot from side to side, preventing ankle sprain and blisters. Further, you want to wear shoes with proper built-in arch support. A diagnostic test to evaluate gait may help determine which shoes have proper ankle support and arch support.


Traction ensures that you don’t slip or slide unnecessarily. It allows you to move, jump, slide, and pivot properly. However, bear in mind that traction may differ from shoe to shoe depending on the ground surface. There are areas where higher traction does not mean that you’ll get the best performance. If you’re doing court sports, go for shoes or trainerswith minimum to moderate traction to enable you to slide when necessary.

Shock Absorption

Your feet experience loads of pressure and constant friction when running or when walking for an extended period. A good shoe should have the ability to reduce friction and pressure on the feet and body. With that said, be sure to wear shoes that are properly cushioned to absorb shock and lessen the impact.


Forget the new trends and styles. You may want to do shoes that look good in the eyes of other people. But remember that you’re the “wearer of the shoe, and you know where it pinches.” The nice thing about buying shoes is that you’re allowed to try them before paying. Simply, buy shoes that feel comfortable.