During travel it is most likely you will walk a lot more than usual.
Shoes that hold your foot in at the heel will reduce the amount of work your muscles will have to do as you are walking and reduce the risk of fatigue. For this and many other reasons, we recommend a good pair of sneakers. They also provide support and protection during your travels. Be sure to assess your current shoes for wear and tear. Most commonly, a shoe will need to be replaced after 18-24 months.
How to tell if you need new shoes:
- Is the tread worn on the bottom of the shoe?
- Is the sole pulling away from the shoe?
- Is the lining tearing or looking worn?
- Are they uncomfortable or make you feel unstable?
These might be signs that you need a new pair of shoes. If you decide you need a new pair of shoes, go to your local shoe store and follow these steps:
- Buy at the end of the day as your feet may swell slightly
- Check are they appropriate how much walking you will do or the type of surface you will walk?
- Try the shoes on for 5-10 minutes in the store to really understand if the fit is correct
- Ensure the shoe feels good on the day, do not expect the shoes to “wear in”
How to fit the shoe:
- Thumbs widths extra space from your big toe to the end of the shoe
- The shoe doesn’t twist or bend at the midfoot
- The shape, width and depth is correct for the shape for your toes
- Are they orthotic friendly (if you wear these) or do you need a shoe which provide more support?
What to watch out for:
- Any areas of rubbing or blisters from the shoe
- Pain in the achilles tendon, under the arch or in the big toe
- Do you feel unstable in the shoes?
- Avoid elastic attachments as they will gradually loosen
- Avoid the temptation of very soft/cushioned shoes as they are often very flexible and will not provide enough support for most foot types
If you want a second opinion or a more customised recommendation, see your local podiatrist.
If you do require new shoes it is most likely that good shoes are not cheap, but they will help you a lot during your holiday away.