Whenever people buy new athletic shoes, they tend to look just at how well cushioned they are. While this is important, it's not the only thing to consider. It's not even the most important thing. |
As people age, their arches lower and their feet get flatter. This is why our feet lengthen as we get older. The best thing we can do for our feet (and legs and back) is to wear shoes that support our arches.
The best way to tell if a new shoe will provide good arch support is to try to twist it. Put one hand on the toe and one on the heel and twist. If the shoe twists in the middle, then there isn't much arch support. If there is little or no flexibility in the middle of the shoe, then it's a shoe that will do well at giving good support to your arches.
This is not to say that the toe of the shoe should be inflexible. The toe should bend easily. It's just the center part of the shoe that should be rigid.
Most people expect a new pair of shoes to be comfortable the first time they're worn. The sad truth is that a good pair of shoes won't necessarily be comfortable the first time out of the box. Don't be concerned if the sole of a new pair of shoes feels rigid to you. It should be rigid. That means it's giving your feet (and your whole body) good support. Your new shoes will become the most comfortable you've ever had once you've worn them just a little bit.
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