How to Find Comfortable Shoes
Relief at last! Foolproof tips on picking comfortable pumps, flats, and sandals.
By Ashley Tate
Tips for Finding a Comfortable Pump
- Hold the shoe at the heel and toe areas. The sole should be flexible and bend at the front of the arch but have a stiff bottom
through the arch.
- Choose a pump with a high heel that is directly underneath the center of your heel. If it is too far forward or at the back
of the shoe, you'll have balance problems.
- Look for false fronts. "A pointy-toe shoe with an area that is much longer than your toes has a false front. It keeps your
toes from being squished," says Suzanne Levine, a podiatric surgeon in New York City.
- Make sure the toe area is wide enough through the ball of your foot.
- Note that a wedge shoe distributes your weight more evenly and offers support all the way through the foot. Be aware, however,
that the limited sole flexibility of a wedge increases the risk of rolling your ankle over the side.
- Test a shoe for cushioning by pressing a finger into the ball area. It should have a little give or a slightly padded feel.
- Avoid synthetics. Wear shoes with leather, suede, or fabric uppers. These materials breathe, which lessens the chance of blistering.