Functional and Fashionable Footwear

Understanding what to look for and attempting to get a standard pair of shoes from a store that meets all the requirements is the best way to shop for shoes. You’ll quickly discover that this is very challenging because most retailers focus on fashion rather than functionality.


Shoes are for shielding from the weather, cuts, bruises, and diseases. Shoes should not be items that modify the mobility of your feet.

The majority of contemporary footwear is designed to aid certain gait patterns. The soles of many contemporary shoes are thick. This hinders balance and causes less muscle usage and causing our muscles to become weaker.

Space For Toes:

The widest part of our feet should be between our toe area. Toes should be allowed to move around rather than be restricted to a confined space. You should have a wide enough toe box, which is the space at the toe area of the shoe. It can be difficult for your feet to choose fashion above practicality. While that’s good occasionally, wearing them regularly will produce foot issues.

There are many options that meet the standards for promoting foot health. Shoes should provide comfort and a perfect fit from the first wear without requiring adjustment or discomfort. Sensible footwear options need not be limited to terribly flat pancakes or exclusively athletic sneakers. In fact, numerous designer or chic shoe options are both well-made and offer practicality alongside aesthetic appeal. Opting for comfortable footwear can prevent the development of blisters, bunions, and other foot conditions.

We need to look at the mechanics of the modern fashion shoe, allowing that most women have some foot deformity.

  • Although bunions are congenital and can be made worse by various types of shoes that confine your foot, the big toe may develop a lump on one side and occasionally slant toward the smaller toes due to swelling.
  • Make sure your future purchases have some wriggle room to avoid it. Pinched nerves, corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails are other foot conditions that can occur, usually due to frequently wearing the incorrect shoe.
  • Wearing high heels increases your risk of developing joint disease that destroys the cartilage around your knee and severely limits your mobility.

Podiatrists are becoming more active in the footwear business and have created certain designs that are functional and fashionable. Your feet will appreciate a wider toe area and a more supportive shoe.

The foot experts at Desert Podiatric Medical Specialists in the Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley areas of Pima County, Arizona, have unparalleled experience treating all aspects of foot and ankle care. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, please call (520) 575-0800.

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