Every profession has myths that their customers believe in, thus affecting them unbeknownst to them.
This week, our blog post tackles 6 shoe myths you may have heard or follow and the truths you need to start living. To the truth we go!
- Quality Shoes Last Forever
A popular mantra says “nothing lasts forever”, so what makes shoes so special that they were “removed” from the list?
A good shoe generally lasts only 500 miles before they begin to undergo wear and tear. How quick the shoes reach this stage is all dependent on you. Your shoes will must definitely wear and tear with age.
Shoes need constant replacing to offer you the best foot and arch support.
If you can’t afford to change your shoes constantly, you can add new insoles as they help restore the lost cushioning and support a shoe needs.
- Your Work Out Shoes and Your Regular Shoes Must be of the Same Size
Your workout shoes cannot be of the same size as your regular shoes. When walking or working out for more than half an hour, the feet tend to swell up to a full shoe size.
Your workout shoes have to be able to accommodate this increase. If this increase is not taken into consideration, one can suffer from black toenails, blisters and foot pain.
- New Shoes Will Always Stretch
This is the lie we tell ourselves as we force our feet into very tight shoes that catch our eyes during shopping.
New shoes barely stretch to offer you the comfort that comes with wearing the right size of shoes.
Never buy shoes that hurt or feel too tight because they most likely will not stretch.
- Flip Flops are Comfortable
The comfort flip flops offer can be likened to robbing Peter to pay Paul. Flip flops are recommended to be worn for very short periods of time because they lack cushioning and lack arch support for the foot.
Constant wear of flip flops causes the feet to be stressed as the feet is the foot is constantly flexing to grab onto things. This can cause; muscle cramps, torn ligaments, cracked heels, corns and calluses. All these are definitely not comfortable.
- Socks Don’t Matter
Socks over matter!
If you find yourself developing blisters or hot spots on your feet, you need to get the right pair of socks to prevent these from further happening.
If your daily activity will cause you to sweat in your feet, do not opt for cotton socks as they retain sweat.
Wear synthetic socks of acrylic or other fabrics that absorb moisture from the feet.
- Flats are better than Heels
Flat shoes lack good cushioning or arch support. This lack causes the foot to curl inwards, creating a strain on the leg muscles. This is bad for the foot.
Shoes with small 1-inch heels offer better support to the feet than flats. It is time to ditch those flats for some comfortable heels.