New Year, New Kicks
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
With us having already welcomed a new year, some of you might be planning to treat yourself after all that hard work rushing to buy the perfect gift for all your loved ones. If it’s a pair of shoes that you’re after, we have some tips that you should know before you head out to shop to not only get the best value for your money, but also to help you find a pair of shoes that suit your wardrobe and lifestyle.
Why is it important?
Gender stereotypes aside, it’s true that there are both men and women who don’t pay a lot of attention to their footwear, which is never a good idea. Just like a car’s tyres, your feet are the only points that make contact with the ground when walking and going about in your daily life. Needless to say, they go through a lot of stress with every step you take. A good choice in footwear not only helps you make express yourself and your personality, but also protect your feet from the wear and tear of your daily routine. Making the wrong choice here can lead to a lot of pain in the future. You might even need the help of a doctor if things turn out serious.
Ever seen that perfect shoe you know you want, but fits on your foot just a little too snug for your comfort. The shoe seems to fit, and you can walk about. There’s no bigger size so you start to wonder if you should pull the trigger or just find another pair that will fit you better.
Then the store clerk walks up to you, saying that the shoes just need to be ‘broken in’ and would be a perfect fit after walking in it after a few weeks.
It’s a common mistake that people often make when choosing footwear (I’ve done it too). While those shoes may look gorgeous, it’s just not worth it. Your feet deserve better.
Here’s how to avoid making that mistake.
- Go shopping in the afternoon. Your feet expand a little during the day as you walk on them.
- Wear socks when trying out shoes. It’s important. Trust me.
- Try both shoes on and walk about on both soft and hard surfaces when trying out your shoes.
- When trying your new shoes on, wriggle your toes. They should have enough room to do so. Also, there should be at least about half-an-inch worth of space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the inner shoe.
- Pay attention to the width of the shoe as well. Not too tight, not too loose.
- Does your new shoe provide enough cushioning? Is there the chance of any ‘shoe-cuts’?
- If you’re buying a running shoe, make sure your ankles have adequate support as well.
Colour and style
The perfect pair of shoes not only has an amazing fit, but also looks great on your feet. It should also be able to make a statement of yourself.
The rule of thumb is that, the darker the colour and the simpler the design, the more formal a pair of shoe becomes. Take a look at your wardrobe. What clothes do you wear often? For what occasions would you wear your shoes?
Take all this into consideration before buying your new footwear. It’s also important to make sure you have a belt that matches the colour of your shoes to complete your outfit.
The price tag is something we shouldn’t forget either. How much should you be willing to ‘shell-out’ for your new pair of shoes?
It’s important to get the best value out of your money when buying a pair of shoes. Not to sound cliché, but you should always consider your shoes as an investment. Paying a little premium for better quality shoes mean that they will last longer with proper care and maintenance, even up to five years and longer. While it may seem like lesser quality shoes will save your wallet from losing weight, you’ll be losing more money in the long run since cheaper shoes tend to break sooner.
These are only the barebones basics you need to know when choosing a good pair of shoes. There’s so much more you can learn with a little digging online. However, with what you know now, you’re ready to hit the stores and find that perfect pair of shoes to carry you through 2021.