Cool as it may look, when you really think about it, the range and selection of shoes in a shoes store can be very overwhelming if you don’t know where to start looking! While it makes for a great display, having hundreds of shoes for sale displayed in one place can be a one-way road to decision fatigue – so where to start when you need a new pair of shoes?
The trick is to break the process down into steps – starting with analysis of your likes and dislikes, considering your budget, looking at materials, and finally, purchasing your shoes.
How ideal is ideal when it comes to the right pair of shoes?
If you’ve ever been to any of the Nike shoes sales, you will know that it is a brand built on durability and good reputation. But if you think about it, what is this brand best known for? Running shoes! Perhaps you’ve been to a footwear store with several pairs of Nike shoes for sale, and the chances are great that they are all running shoes. The success of these shoes comes from the fact that they are purpose-designed and purpose-bought, so people who buy them will generally use them for running – the activity they were designed for.
Conversely, if you wear shoes for reasons other than what they were designed for, you risk wear and tear to the shoes and even injury to yourself. This is because shoes are designed to function in a certain way for various activities, and using it in an unintended way can have terrible consequences.
How do you fill your days?
What do you enjoy doing? How do you stay active, and what sports get you out of bed in the morning? If you have a sport you enjoy, or even have a job that leads you to speding a lot of time on your feet, you need to make sure that your feet are properly cushioned and protected.
When you go out to investigate potential shoe matches, there are certain factors that you could investigate to make the process more smooth.
Think about aspects such as the material the shoes are made of, how thick or thin the soles are, how solid or breathable the shoes are, whether they are ergonomically designed and what activity they were designed for.
Body aches, blisters, postural issues and swollen feet are just a few of the consequences of shoes that are incorrectly worn. Your most crucial consideration is to protect your heels and ankles from impact at all costs, and that requires the right kind of shoes.
Your shoes should move with you
Durability is a huge factor in the longevity of shoes, and in this case, material matters. Leather is always a solid option, as it is strong, and difficult to break. It is however heavy, and difficult to run in, unless combined with other materials. For running shoes, look for something light a flexible, while hiking boots should be tough and structural.