Have you ever switched shoes and found that it caused you to have back pain, knee pain, or foot pain? Ill-fitting shoes put the feet in unhealthy positions, which can lead to an injury.
It all depends how sensitive we are to our bodies, some may not feel the pain of wearing the wrong shoe only to find out years later the damage can be costly in more ways than one, taking their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while altering your posture and gait.
Signs you are wearing the wrong shoe
- Your toes graze the tip of your shoes
- You have blisters, calluses, or bruised toenails
- Your arches ache at the end of the day
- Your shoes are old (worn out shoes no longer provide the necessary support)
- Other signs that you need an upgrade: Your shoes are noticeably creased, or they list to one side or the other when you place them on a flat surface.
Wearing the correct shoe is critical to your health, here is a fun infographic on how high heels affect the human body
Tips from FoodieGuru when choosing the correct footwear:
- Avoid high heels or platforms
- Stay away from soft/memory foam shoes. Reason for this is that the soft sole will mould to your foot so if your ankle falls either inwards or outwards instead of supporting the foot, it will support your bad habit.
- Don’t buy shoes that are “boat shaped” in other words have a curve in them. When the shoe is curving up at the end or in the inside, you will have trouble to step/ pump your foot flat on the ground. When you are constantly floating as you walk, the muscles of your body that end at your feet will not be able to engage.
- Avoid shoes that are too tight for obvious reasons
- Beware of ballet flats / shoes that have a very thin sole because as you walk, the lightness of the shoe will have you swinging your knee and legs more encouraging you to “kick” when you walk which will cause you to have a knee problem / injury.
- Even when you get a good shoe, remember that after a few months, it would have Moulded to the shape of your foot so it is best to replace these shoes and start neutral again while you fix your walk.
Tips to test the shoes:
- If you have learnt natural walking, you can stand with your weight in the middle, and feel how your muscles and body posture is in the shoes your in.
- Continue to key 1 and 2 – are you able to pump with these shoes?
- Continue to key 3-5 is your body weight in the middle or does it start to sway to the left and right side of the sole of the foot?
- Walk a few steps to make sure you can feel adjustments happening while wearing the shoes
- To be more sensitive you can try wearing a bad pair of shoes e.g. Heeled and test them out the same way to really feel the best shoe for you!
FoodieGuru tried over 50+ shoes and found these two to be his favourite 🙂
Introducing the chosen classic: Men’s Nike Air Force 1 (low)
Make sure you don’t get the mid/high tops because the design and fit is different.
These shoes give maximum support for your foot and encourage proper usage of the muscles of your body. Unfortunately, the woman/kids versions of these shoes are not FoodieGuru approved as they have slight differences to the Men’s design and support.
FoodieGuru himself got it in a Red/Black colourway
Good news for those who are picky! You can design your own colourway on the nike website! choose your own materials, colours and patterns – You can even personalise these by adding your own initials on the shoe.
You may feel that your body is adjusting as you wear these shoes so just relax for the adjustments to happen most naturally.
Or you can get it from the official nike site for $90 click here
The second pair of shoes FoodieGuru bought were the Nike SB Clutch!
These are a unisex shoe and sizes run smaller which is good news for the kids and women but these shoes cannot be customised.
They are available in a few colours, you may find more varieties online/in your local store:
You can get them for $45.50 – $109.00 click here to buy
Please keep in mind that everybody is unique, so there will never be 1 solution for everybody, you may have narrower/thicker/wider feet so best to try them on and test them out for yourself.
What is more important than wearing the correct shoe? The way you ‘wear’ your legs impacts the health of an individual. If you want to know how well you walk or how you should be walking towards better health, stay tuned for the next post about Secrets of Natural Walking. In the meantime, if you are interested in correcting your walk and posture, you can visit the website here!
Thats it for now, if we spot more healthy shoes, we will let you know 🙂 🙂 Happy shopping!