“Hi. I’m on my feet all day at work and my feet hurt. What’s the most comfortable shoe you have?”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question. The problem is, there isn’t one shoe that works for everyone. Each person has a unique pair of feet, and each person requires something different from their footwear.
Today’s work shoe can mean a sneaker, a work boot, a dress casual shoe, or sometimes, even a sandal. It’s our job, as your go-to footwear and fit specialists, to match the best shoe to your foot.
But….what makes a shoe comfortable? 🤔
Looking at athletic shoes, there are different things to look at.
Does the shoe have a lot of flexibility in the arch? Bend the shoe from the toe towards the heel, if it bends easily, it will put more strain on your arch and heel. Plantar fasciitis, the most common ailment that we see, does better in a firm shoe.
Is the shoe very flat? If you are new to running, starting in a low profile shoe may not be your best option.
There are many ways to find the best fit for you, but luckily, we got you covered. 🙂
And then……there are arch supports and inserts! 😯
Oh boy, there are lots of arch types! There are low arches, high arches, flexible and rigid arches…..
There are firm insoles, softer and more accommodating insoles, heat molded inserts and custom orthotics…..
You can see, there is a lot to consider when looking for the ‘perfect’ shoe.
So where does this put someone looking for a good fitting and comfortable shoe? (Hopefully at my fitting stool!) 😁
Kidding aside, it can be confusing and intimidating when you get into it.
Find a fit specialist that measures your foot.
Find someone who knows about arch type and foot ailments.
Find someone who keeps up on the latest shoe tech and trends.
Find someone who cares about your comfort.
And share, share, share…
Share what’s worked, what’s bothering you, and anything else you think we need to know.
And while you’re at it, share photos of your pets too!
About the author: Jenn is the Manager of Appalachian Running Co, located in Erie Shoe Fly. Jenn is a Jazzercise instructor who recently started running, both on trails and around town. She just finished a 10 mile obstacle course race, and plans on training for her first half marathon next year!