Shoes for Active Feet
The majority of adults will not have had their feet measured since they shoes. Feet change shape throughout our lives, not only as part of the aging process but through changes in weight, activity and medical conditions. The average active person takes in excess of 7,500 steps a day, and this could be in shoes that may not fit correctly and are often not appropriate for the activity.
As fully trained and qualified Shoe Fitters, we not only measure but assess the whole foot: looking at length (ball - heel), width, depth, ankle shape, ankle height, toe length and foot conditions.
What to look for in a good shoe for walking or running:
Active shoes should be lightweight, breathable and the shoe should provide support but be flexible to allow movement when active.
Upper - traditionally active shoes were predominantly made of leather but technological advances have given mesh or synthetic materials greater advantages in ventilation, breathability and being lighter weight.
Insoles - it is important to have have good support to the foot and particularly the arch. Removable insoles can be laundered and taken out to dry or to allow replacement with a bespoke orthotic for greater comfort to the individual.
Sole Unit - gel, foam or air midsoles cushion and reduce impact when your foot strikes the ground. Grooves and treads can help maintain traction.
Cushioning - aids the fit around the ankle and with the added Achilles tendon protector reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by locking the shoe around the heel. The foot should not slip at the heel.
Toe box - there should be about half an inch of space between your toes and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be wide enough in the toe box that your toes can move freely.