Shoes are very beneficial to our appearance and also help keep our feet safe. Now, how you rock them shoes really does matter. Sometimes, you can rock the shoes well but then with wrong size. Below are shoes that can help prevent your feet from being stressed or fractured.
Now there are two groups of shoes. The cushioning shoes and the stabilizing shoes.
1. The cushioning shoes
The cushioning shoes give support to your feet immediately they hit the ground. Well-cushioned shoes should have insoles (very good at absorbing shock because of the way it’s lined in the shoe) and mid-sole (the part of the sole between the insole and the very bottom of the shoe). If you have had stress fractures, joint problems, or back pain in the past, you may want to opt for a pair of shoes that stresses cushioning over stability. However, a cushioning shoe doesn’t control how rigid the feet are because they are very light on the feet.
Here are a number of different types of cushioned running shoes. For example:
• Air shoes utilize a compartment of air on the sole of the feet that acts as a crumple zone on impact.
• Gel shoes have a layer of compressible gel that performs a similar job.
• Foam shoes replace the layer of gel with a layer of foam in order to provide cushioning.
2. The stabilizing shoes
This group of shoes fits people who roll their legs inward (pronate) most times. . If you don’t know whether you pronate or not, take a look at your other shoes. If the outer side of the heel and the inner side of the forefoot (under the big toe joint) show a great deal more wear than the rest of the sole, chances are that you pronate excessively. Most people pronate to some extent, but the more your feet tend to roll inward as they hit the ground, the more support you’ll need to prevent problems.
So look for a more rigid pair of shoes with a sturdy heel counter (the back of the shoe that wraps around your heel). To know the extent of the firmness of the heel counter of a shoe, try squeezing it. Real ones don’t collapse.
Most times, you might want a taste of both groups, which by the way is entirely possible. Those kind of shoes are called dual- or triple-density midsoles. You may also want to try a pair of shoes that has a heel cup (a padded, cup like area inside the back of the shoe that cushions the heel and holds it in place). ). In these shoes, the softer, less dense materials cushion the feet while the firmer, denser materials stabilize them and make the shoes more durable.
The outsole should show indentation when its touched and also a pattern of traction.
Using the right shoes the right way will help you develop the right posture.
The outsole (the very bottom of the sole that comes in contact with the ground) should be made of a durable, springy material like rubber, and yet it should be soft enough so that when you press your fingernail into it, you can see a slight indentation. The outsole should also be patterned to provide traction.
Instead of the flat-bottomed soles found in running shoes, some walking shoes feature a distinct heel. This type of walking shoe may be a good choice for people who are prone to developing aching arches, midfoot pain (plantar fasciitis), and heel spurs.