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Does the shoe fit?

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My father-in-law recently gave me a section from the Wall street Journal from earlier this month.  The front page of the Personal Journal section proclaims "Don't Blame your Shoes" ... yet in many ways the shoes are blamed.  This article discusses the increasing foot size seen in the last few decades and also addresses possible sources of foot trouble with regards to shoes. 

One big take home point I got from reading this article is that the online shopping trends play a huge role in the ill-fitting shoes crisis.  We are all busy and (usually) want to get a good price for the shoes we buy.  Whether it's Zappos, shoes.com, or even Amazon, shoes are readily available for purchase and often with free shipping and returns.  Problem is, if you are looking for a convenient solution, you may tend to hold onto a pair of shoes that isn't all you thought they would be - for the sake of not having to wait for a new pair to be sent or have to go out to the store.  Plus - when you buy shoes online, you are buying purely for price and look - which should be at the bottom of the list in most cases.

I am also one who likes to feel like I "got a deal" when buying shoes, but knowing the outcomes of wearing ill-fitting or inappropriate shoes - I can't just buy based on look and price.  Considering that shoes need to be replaced every 3 months - year (depending on the type and how often they are worn), is it really that much to ask to spend a good couple of shopping trips to measure your feet and try on shoes to ensure that you are getting what your feet need?  Here are some tips on shoe shopping, to give you more direction when the time comes to replace those old kicks.  And another quick tidbit- if you really still want to get that deal - shop and try on shoes at the stores, write down what you want with the appropriate size and then find it online for purchase.  (shhh, I didn't just say that...)

For the full article, click here.

Category: Orthotics and Shoes

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