What should I look out for when I go shopping for work shoes? I always manage to pick out the most uncomfortable ones.
There are some important things to look for while shopping for shoes. Don’t pick pairs with very high heels. The heel should be medium-sized, maybe an inch-and- a-half, or two inches. Try to wear sensible shoes to work—unless, of course, you’re in the high-glamour business, in which case, god help your poor feet.
Professionally, it’s always better to pick up closed-toed shoes, but don’t end up smashing your toes with narrow-toed options. Very narrow shoes are uncomfortable, and when paired with very high heels, they’re extremely uncomfortable. A slightly rounded tip is the best. Make sure the heel has a rubber tip as opposed to a metal or leather one, which could be slippery. I think sandals are very uncomfortable for work. Always pick a shoe with a back—it keeps the look professional and is comfortable.
As for material, the softer the leather, the better the feel and comfort level. Make sure you also check the lining of the shoe—the softer it is, the better it will feel. Even though it may be a little old-fashioned, I think it’s better to wear Peds (skin- coloured socks which cover just the feet), rather than wearing shoes without socks. It’s more comfortable, the shoes will last longer and your feet won’t sweat. And go shopping for shoes in the evening. Your feet swell during the day, so shoes bought in the morning may end up being a little snug.
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