After a long winter of comfort food, many people head to the gym with hopes of slimming down for bathing-suit season. And following the warmest months of the year, feet are often the body part that expands — making the transition from easy, breezy, open-toe footwear to closed-toe looks an often painful experience.
In order to comfortably get back into these styles before the first cold snap of the fall, there are some easy tips to follow — and they don’t involve diet or exercise. Paul Weiner, a certified pedorthist and owner of Walk’n Shoes in Boca Raton, Fla., offers some suggestions when shopping for a new fall shoe wardrobe.
Ignore size: After toes have experienced ample wiggle room in sandals, they can feel constricted in closed-toe looks. So even after being properly remeasured, remember that a size seven from one brand may not measure up exactly to a seven in another. Be willing to try a range of brands and sizes.
The right width can mean all the difference, said Weiner, making a strong case for taking foot girth well as length into consideration. Shoes that are too narrow can create foot issues later on, so buyer beware.
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Don’t underestimate the power of socks. While most women prefer a barefoot look, even when wearing boots, socks can provide added cushioning as well as wick away moisture, providing a healthier climate inside the shoe.
Insoles are a quick fix when looking for that ahhh factor. While Weiner suggests those with pronation issues may benefit from a firmer insole that offers support and alignment, he personally likes the feel of enhanced cushioning available in both full-length insoles or ball-of-foot pads. But, he warns, make sure a shoe’s current footbed can be removed in order to accommodate a replacement.
Indulge in some foot pampering. Just because feet are hidden inside a shoe, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t continue to be pampered. A day at the spa can be a welcome break from pounding the cold, wet pavement.