Shoes are a necessity and it has become a fashion in no time. Each time we go shoe shopping, most of us just go on the looks and don’t think about the comfort level. But as we start wearing it, we find how wrong we were to buy them. And then you overwork your legs, complaining at each step. So, we’re here to help. Especially for the shoes that you should be buying in the hottest time of the year. Not any shoes can give you confort in tbe summers, you need to take care of some facts.
1. The sole is too narrow
Wearing shoes whose soles are too narrow for your feet not only creates an unsightly impression but also contributes to the deformation of the leg joints and causes the appearance of bunions on the big toes. Narrow shoes often become the cause of ingrown toenails as well as skin irritation, which leads to the formation of corns.
2. The wrong fit in the instep area
When you’re wearing shoes that don’t fit you, the curve of the shoe and your feet won’t match. This makes your foot not to rest on the entire shoe but on its two outermost points only: the one under the heel and the one under the ball of the foot. Wearing such shoes can be causatives of blood circulation problems. This can cause the formation of corns, excessive sweating, and leg pains.
3. The sole is longer than the feet
Excessively long soles are a common feature of flip flops and sandals, the kind that has a strap passing between the toes. With such shoes, the distance between the tips of the toes and the forward edge of the sole is usually too wide for providing you comfort. The normal distance should be no more than 0.4 inches. This constitutes the foot’s margin of freedom inside the shoe. When the margin is too big, you won’t feel comfortable while walking. It’s also something that can provoke tissue and joint diseases. And then there is a risk of you tripping while climbing stairs.
4. The sole is too short
Another mistake people do is buying a pair of sandals with small soles. In this case, you have to constantly support the shoes with your toes, so that they don’t fall off. This has a simple meaning that your muscles remain tensed all the time, with the load on the foot distributed unevenly. Also, you run the risk of snapping a heel and suffering a nasty injury. So, try to orient on the forwardmost point of the foot the next time you buy shoes.
5. The shoes fit too loosely
When your shoes are too loose, the only thing that saves them from falling off are your toes. Not only is it discomfortable, it also overworks your muscles which can give you an unsightly shuffling gait. Moreover, wearing such shoes can lead to toe and joint deformations, the appearance of calluses, and knee and back pains.
6. The shoes are too big
It doesn’t need a scientist to discover that a big shoe will take so much effort to be kept wearing. It’ll overwork the leg muscles to prevent it from falling. This can easily make you stumble and lose balance. Shoes whose size are too large are just as harmful as those that fit too tightly and are most likely to cause corns.
7. Shoes made from unnatural materials
Do not just wear shoes of any material, particularly in the summers. It’s advisable to opt for shoes made of natural materials such as leather or textiles. Wearing fake leather shoes in warm weather can be hazardous to your health, since high temperatures cause the various chemical components to interact with the skin. Besides, such shoes have poor foot ventilation, which can lead to fungal infections, chafing, and lesions.
8. Wearing patent leather shoes
It’s advisable not to wear patent leather shoes, especially in summers. They’re not in the good books when it comes to air circulation and moisture absorption. Moreover, these shoes are susceptible to mechanical damage and temperature changes (they tend to crack when the thermometer drops to 14°F or rises above 77°F).
9. Wearing closed shoes barefoot
Wearing closed shoes in summer was already enough to harm your foot, and wearing them barefoot is even more stressful for your legs. It causes heavy sweating and coarsens the skin of the heels. It is advisable to wear such shoes with socks. If the weather is too warm for ordinary socks, use no-show liner socks.
10. Wearing foat soaled shoes
Wearing flat-soled shoes for more than 1-2 hours a day can harm your foot rather than protecting it. It’s not designed in a way to soften the impact of the heel against the walking surface. This implies that with each step you take, you give a minor shock to your skeleton. Another disadvantage will be that your legs will be in a constant tension, thus increasing risk of sprains and injuries. Another factor that causes your legs to overwork is that your body weight is not distributed evenly along the foot.
You can help yourself with these conditions by using orthotic insoles. However, the best choice still remains that you should be using shoes with heels of 0.5-1.5 inches.