These days, you can find a wide variety of summer footwear for all tastes: in different shapes, colors and prices. However, to look stylish and walk comfortably, you must consider the comfort and health of your feet. That’s why we decided to make it easy for you and describe the most common mistakes when choosing sandals. We will also tell you how to avoid these slips.
Not trying new shoes on both feet
The human body is not 100% symmetrical. For example, your left or right leg can be barely longer than the other, and the same goes for your feet. For some people, the difference is almost invisible, but the size can vary from 1cm or more for others. So, while buying new sandals, it’s essential to choose the size of the larger foot. To clear up doubts, always try on new sandals on both feet.
Too narrow sole
Too narrow footwear can cause the deformation of the joints of the feet and the appearance of a bulge on the big toe. Narrow footwear also often causes ingrown toenails, irritates the skin, and causes blisters.
The sole is longer than the feet
Flat-soled sandals and flip-flops are the most common footwear with too long soles. The free space between the toes and the tip of the sole should not exceed 1 cm. This range is enough for the feet to move. If the space is larger, walking becomes less comfortable and unsafe. This causes tissue and joint diseases. In addition, there is a risk that you will fall.
The sole is too short
In this case, you have to support the shoes with your toes, so they don’t fall off. At the same time, all the muscles of the fingers are tight, and the load on the feet is not evenly distributed. You also risk bending your heel and injuring yourself. Don’t forget that you must consider the most prominent point of the feet when buying shoes.
How to avoid sandal shopping mistakes?
Below we provide you a few tips about how to make the right sandal purchase.
Choose the right time to buy your sandals
Shoes may feel comfortable in the store, but sometimes, they’re not fitting when you buy them and try them again in your house. Why does it happen?
The moment when you decide to buy your sandals (and shoes in general) is essential. Podiatrists recommend buying sandals and shoes at the end of the day. If they suit you at that time, then they will fit all the time. Throughout the day, the feet swell. By buying your shoes when your feet are the most swollen, you won’t have any nasty surprises afterward!
The choice of shape
The shapes of summer shoes are diverse and varied. There are thong sandals, multi-strap models, one strap, and many more. It’s not always easy to know which one is the most suitable. It’s always better to choose the model which will support the foot in several points. That’s why it’s better to have a strap that goes towards the back of the foot as on many BIRKENSTOCK models. This avoids weakening the heels. You should also pay attention to the sole, which should not be too thin. Finally, if your feet are sweaty, go for natural materials.
Trust your feelings
It may seem obvious, but the right sandal is the one that feels good to you. The simple rule for choosing sandals is to respect the foot’s shape and, therefore, adapt the shoe to the foot and not the other way around. So, if the sandal already hurts you in the store because, for example, the toe is too tight, forget about buying it. Shoes are like underwear. They are made for you, or they are not! So you have to try them on, walk around the store a bit to see how your feet feel wearing them.
Shoes that are too narrow cause pressure, shoes that are too wide cause friction. Thus, opt for shoes that give your toes enough room. Avoid pointed-toed and high-heeled shoes.
Popular BIRKENSTOCKs are known for their unique footbed, which perfectly supports feet and body, removes pressure points, and gives the toes sufficient space, minimizing the chance of developing corns.
The anatomically shaped footbed is made in such a way that it improves your posture. Thanks to it, BIRKENSTOCKs are comfortable and pleasant to wear, even for long hours.
What’s more, BIRKENSTOCK offers an extensive sandal collection for both men and women, with trendy models available in various colors and prints. This makes them easy to combine with any outfit. The most popular BIRKENSTOCK sandals are Arizona, Gizeh, and Madrid. The brand also produces exceptional clogs, flip-flops, and shoes.