Pointy shoes can make your toes “claw”. This may affect overall body posture. Clenched toes can also
cause rubbing, leading to corns and calluses. Broad-toed shoes allow the toes more room and can help prevent pressure injuries.
The heel of the shoes is less than 2.5cm (high heels increase pressure on the ball of the foot).
Your shoes have well-padded sole. A cushioned sole absorbs shock and reduces pressure on the feet.
Your shoes are made from a material that breathes – fungal infections like tinea love a warm, moist environment. Absorptive socks can also help draw moisture away.
Your toes should not touch the end of your shoes or you may damage your nails and toes – you need a gap of about 1 cm from the end of your largest toe to the shoe.
Shoes should also be broad enough and deep enough. If you can see the outline of your feet pressing against your shoes, they are probably too narrow. Don’t buy shoes that need breaking in.
Shoes should be immediately comfortable. Shop for shoes later in the day – most feet tend to swell during the day and it is best to fit shoes when your feet are largest.