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CHOOSING FOOTWEAR

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When choosing footwear one of the first considerations is ‘what purpose do I want the footwear for?’ Do you require them for walking, running or athletics.

Another extremely important consideration is the construction of the shoe. A simple test is to flex the shoe by holding it between two hands and lifting the heel of the shoe against the toe box. If it bends in half (or the middle) then it is not good. If the shoe twists easily when held between two hands then it is not good. The shoe should feel firm and not turn easily. The shoe should be flexible at the toe box but not collapse or buckle along the arch area.

The laces of the shoe should hold the foot stable and able to be adjusted for most widths. There should always be a gap of at least 2.5cm across the eyelets to allow for adjustment after stretching from wear.

The opening of the shoe must not be too wide. The smaller the better as it allows for the shoe to hold the feet rather than the feet to hold the shoe. The depth of the shoe should be able to accommodate the foot without the feeling of lifting out.

 

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