Tuesday, April 22, 2008

3 Things to Know Before You Buy Slip-on Shoes

Slip-on shoes are so convenient that they are a popular segment of the shoe market. People love to put on or take off their shoes without bending over. Despite the apparent comfort and convenience of a slip-on shoe, unless the shoe is a perfect fit, it is a compromise. To fit the tight spots, other places on the shoe are too loose. This isn't a problem if your feet are perfect and you don't have any pain, but if you have any problems at all, proper shoe choices are crucial.

Slip-on shoes often don't have adjustability. Or if they do, they must often be too tight to slip in and out of easily. This can effect your gait, promoting shuffling and toe gripping, which can lead to foot problems. If you must wear a slip-on shoe here are the things to look for:
  • Choose a slip-on shoe that fits high onto the foot (towards the ankle).
  • Elastic stretch panels.
  • Adjustable straps or laces.

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