Shopaddict: Choosing your sandals
WHEN it comes to comfortable footwear, nothing beats the heat of summer better than a pair of sandals. Whether for fashion or function, sandals are great option for keeping feet cool on hot days. However, all sandals are not the same. Some are only for fashion, and can leave feet tired and aching.
The best sandals combine function with style to keep the feet protected, cushioned, and comfortable. Many sandals are for specific activity and are available in a variety of materials and colours.
With the number of choices available, shopping for comfortable sandals can be a daunting task.
With these seven tips, shopping for comfortable sandals would be easy.
Wear it right
For those who prefer sandals to shoes, there is a sandal designed for just about every activity. All you need to do is to choose right.
Get the right fit
When it comes to finding comfortable shoes, how well they fit is the deciding factor. The foot should be smaller than the sole of the sandal and should not hang over the front, sides or back. Make sure the toe box is large enough to accommodate the widest part of the foot.
Choose quality materials
The most comfortable sandals consist of high quality materials — leather, suede or fabric straps. All that is necessary is to let the feet breathe and prevent blistering. Straps made from nylon webbing or polyurethane is great for water activities.
Watch the placement and design of straps
Poorly placed straps can cause irritation, blisters and even corns. Avoid straps that rub against the top of the foot, between the toes or around the ankle.
Look for arch support
Adequate arch support prevents muscle fatigue, cramps and even back pains. Few sandals are ideal for all-day walking and most do not offer the necessary arch support for extended wear. Sandals with spongy, supportive midsoles cushion the foot and support the arch, keeping the wearer comfortable for a longer period of time.
Test for flexibility
Every type of shoe needs to pass the same flexibility test. So for sandals, place one hand inside the sandal and use the tips of the fingers to hold the ball of the sandal down on a table or other flat surface. Use the other hand to try to lift the toe tip of the shoe off the table. The sole should flex through the ball area and allow the toe to lift easily off the table.
Check for sufficient cushioning
To get sandals that offer plenty of cushioning for both the heel and the foot, look for sandals with midsoles made from high-quality, dense foam. Press a finger into the foam where the heel and the ball of the foot rest.
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