Correct shoes

It is important that you should use shoes that fit well and feel comfortable. The right shoes offer both support and flexibility where you need it. And, they protect your bones, joints, and muscles from the toes to the top, keeping your feet in healthy positions and absorbing shock.

Guidelines for shoe-shopping

Below listed are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind while shopping for shoes for exercise:

* Shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening, when your feet are at maximum size.

* Wear the socks you normally wear with athletic shoes to assure the right fit.

* Try on both shoes. Most people’s feet vary a bit in size from each other, so you should be sure the shoes fit your largest foot comfortably.

* Check for space at the end of your longest toe. There should be enough to let you move without pinching.

* If you’re a woman and your feet are wide, try men’s shoes. These are usually cut wider.

* Move around in the shoes, and insist that they feel like a perfect fit right away. If they don’t, keep looking.

* Don’t shop by price alone, but do look for materials that breathe and good workmanship.

* Replace running shoes after 800 Kms, walking shoes after 1,600 Kms, and aerobics shoes after about a year of regular use.

 

Shoe

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Museum display of shoes

A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration and fashion. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Additionally, fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones. Contemporary footwear in the 2010s varies widely in style, complexity and cost. Basic sandals may consist of only a thin sole and simple strap and be sold for a low cost. High fashion shoes made by famous designers may be made of expensive materials, use complex construction and sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars a pair. Some shoes are designed for specific purposes, such as boots designed specifically for mountaineering or skiing.

Traditionally, shoes have been made from leather, wood or canvas, but in the 2010s, they are increasingly made from rubber, plastics, and other petrochemical-derived materials. Though the human foot is adapted to varied terrain and climate conditions, it is still vulnerable to environmental hazards such as sharp rocks and temperature extremes, which shoes protect against. Some shoes are worn as safety equipment, such as steel-soled boots which are required on construction sites.

 

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