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Picking your type of shoe

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When it comes to your wardrobe, shoes should be an investment. You do spend most, if not all of your day wearing them. Finding the perfect pair takes both time and effort. Happy feet can make all the difference. If you’re searching for a pair of shoes, first consider these techniques.

What is their use?

You first must decide what the shoes will primarily be used for. Will you be wearing them to work everyday? Are they shoes meant for exercising? Are they slippers to wear around the house? Decide what their main use is, and it can help you decide where to go from there. Some footwear, like athletic or commuter shoes are meant for comfort. They are supposed to give your feet the support they need to walk or run. Once you determine what their use is, you can narrow down the shoe types.

black & brown flat booties
Fiddler Bootie by Cougar

 

What is your foot like?

Not all feet are the same. You must consider the shape of your feet. The three main foot types are flat, neutral and high arches. The flat foot is strong and can typically fit in most shoes without strain. The neutral foot lies somewhere in between. People with neutral feet usually strike the floor with their heel while walking or running. A high arched foot, also called “Barbie feet” needs a little bit more support from their shoes because of the pressure that’s put on the ball of the heel.

Both neutral and flat-footed people can comfortably fit into just about any shoe. On the other hand, high-arch feet people should opt for something with more ankle and foot support. However, some people also buy insoles for their shoes for comfort.

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Emberleigh Boot by Lucky Brand

What is your personal style?

Lastly, you must discover what kind of shoes are best for your personality. If you’re looking for something that can be casual and dressy, an over the knee boot might be right for you. On the other hand, every women should have at least one pair of dress shoes, whether it’s strappy heels or black flats. If you’re looking to be more active, there is a wide selection of women’s athletic shoes that are sure to fit whatever foot type you have. If you’re opting for comfort but still want to look stylish, a pair of loafers or oxfords should do the trick.

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Metrolyte Gem by Asics
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