Summary: Have your feet ever hurt because of the wrong type of shoes? Do you know what type of "tread" you have? There is a surprisingly easy method to get the right fit everytime you buy a shoes no matter the style.
How to Get the Right Shoe to Fit
How many of us have bought a pair of because of the way they looked, or because this style of shoe was "in"? I'm sure not too long after your purchase, you may have questioned your judgment because your feet were screaming for mercy due to pain. Often times we're not entirely sure of this is right shoe for us. This article provides a surprisingly easy way to get the right fit every time you buy a shoe no matter what type.
The Wet Test Dip: Dunk your bare feet into a pan of water. Applying your full weight, step onto a piece of brown paper. Repeat until you get a crisp pattern of each foot. Before your prints fade, match them to those shown here. (If yours are somewhere between neutral and flexible, use neutral as your guide. If yours fall between neutral and rigid, choose rigid. If your footprints are different patterns, aim to fit the more flexible one.)
Neutral: You'll see about a 1-inch strip of wetness in the arch area.
How you tread: Your feet are well balanced and roll, or pronate, almost perfectly. Your feet lengthen and spread out about a half shoe size when you stand, and they absorb shock well and have good stability. But put these nearly perfect puppies in poorly fitted shoes, and you could be hobbled with blisters or other foot problems.
How to fit: Yours is the easiest foot to fit because many styles are designed for your type. Make sure any shoe you buy feels good in the store--no rubbing or pinching.
Rigid: Your arch is so high that you'll see little, if any, imprint in the arch area.
How you tread: Your feet tend to roll inward only slightly, so you underpronate, meaning you walk more on the outsides of your feet. They're stable, but they don't absorb shock well because they're stiff: They tend not to lengthen and spread out much when you stand.
How to fit: You need shoes that are well cushioned to absorb shock, and flexible enough to allow your feet to roll more. Go for a roomy upper to accommodate your high arch. Choose the shoe with the highest heel if you have tight calves, which is common in this foot type. Your feet are also likely to curve inward at the ball (you can check this out by tracing your feet), so look for a shoe that does likewise by matching the tracings of your feet to the soles of shoes you're considering.
Flexible: Your foot is flat and has a low arch. It will leave the fullest imprint, with the most arch area in contact with the paper.
How you tread: Your feet roll inward too much (overpronate) when you walk. They're unstable, but they absorb shock well because they spread out: They change an entire size when you stand.
How to fit: Because your feet tend to flatten, you need a shoe that has less space between the laces and the sole. (To judge height, move your feet up and down inside the front of the shoes while you're wearing them.) You don't need a lot of cushioning, but you do need good arch support so your feet don't completely flatten when you step. Also, a lower-heeled shoe, as compared with other shoes, will help keep your feet more stable while you walk.
Use this information everytime you buy a pair of shoes, and your feet will thank you.
Wayne Anderson, CEO
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