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How to Find Comfortable Shoes

Relief at last! Foolproof tips on picking comfortable pumps, flats, and sandals.

By Ashley Tate
Rack of shoes Rick Lew

Tips for Finding a Comfortable Flat

  • Look for sturdy construction. "Try to push in the area around the heel," says Meghan Cleary, author of The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You (Chronicle Books, $13, amazon.com). "If the heel collapses enough to touch the insole, the shoe is not supportive."
  • Hold each end of a shoe and try to twist it. If the shoe bends too much, it won't be supportive.
  • Look for flats with a little bit of a heel if you have high arches. Heels provide relief from foot pain.
  • Buy shoes with leather or rubber soles for optimum shock absorption.
  • Wear only shoes that have leather or suede insoles. Breathable and pliable, they help prevent chafing and blistering, and they mold to the feet.
  • Search for round-toe flats. They follow the shape of the foot and allow the toes to move.
  • Avoid slippage and cuts on your heel by finding a shoe with a back that fits snugly and holds your foot securely.
 
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