Best Foot Forward

Whether you're an avid walker, runner or someone who spends a lot of time on your feet, it's important to find the perfect shoe.
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Your feet are your foundation,” says Eric Lonergan, marketing manager at Rhode Runner, a well-known shoe retailer in Providence. And who can argue with that? Our feet enable us to walk, run and everything in between — so why wouldn’t we try to make them as comfortable as possible? “Making sure you’re wearing the right size and also investing in proper footwear and socks are all key to successfully caring for your feet,”
Lonergan adds. Luckily, he was happy to share a few more tips on selecting fitting footwear that you’re sure to get a kick out of. By Michelle Taraian

FOR THOSE WHO WORK ON THEIR FEET ALL DAY:

Do: The best shoes to wear if you’re on your feet for eight hours a day are the ones that fit properly and give you the right amount of support. With that in mind, we find that a lot of folks gravitate towards the HOKA One One Bondi when they need to be on their feet for a long period of time. This shoe offers a tremendous amount of cushioning and is built on a stable platform. It also fits a little wider so it’s more forgiving. While this shoe in particular works for a lot of folks, it may not work for all. Be sure to get measured and have your gait analyzed before snagging a pair.

Don’t: Avoid any shoes designed for a specific sport, like basketball shoes or indoor soccer shoes, etc. And while they might seem like they’re okay for everything, cross trainers are another type of shoe to avoid because they don’t provide as much support as you’d think.

FOR THOSE WITH PARTICULAR FOOT ISSUES:

Wide/flat feet: The best shoes for flat feet typically will be built on a wider, flatter platform. They will be wider through the mid-foot. There are certain brands that fit a wider foot better than others, like New Balance, Brooks or HOKA.

Plantar Fasciitis: The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are rigid through the mid-foot. This helps transitioning the foot from heel to toe a little more efficiently without stressing the plantar tendon.

High arches: The best shoes for people who have higher arches are those with a lot of volume. It is important to make sure the shoe fits properly; when you look down at the shoelaces they should be nice and parallel.

FOR ANYONE:

Everyday: Many of our customers find that their feet ache in the morning (typically from plantar fasciitis) and so we recommend a nice self-massage before you take those first steps. Investing in a foot roller can help as well.

Pre-workout: A dynamic warm-up is key to helping prevent
injuries. There are a couple of fantastic warm-up exercises, a few being leg swings, lunge walks, knee tucks and heel walks.

New shoes: A good pair of shoes will last around eight to ten months before the cushioning and support breaks down. Not only is it a good idea to visit a professional retailer to help you find that perfect pair of shoes and socks to make your day a bit more comfortable, but they can also analyze your gait and re-measure your foot size, something you should really have done every time you get a new pair of shoes.

FOR ANYONE:

Everyday: Many of our customers find that their feet ache in the morning (typically from plantar fasciitis) and so we recommend a nice self-massage before you take those first steps. Investing in a foot roller can help as well.

Pre-workout: A dynamic warm-up is key to helping prevent injuries. There are a couple of fantastic warm-up exercises, a few being leg swings, lunge walks, knee tucks and heel walks.

New shoes: A good pair of shoes will last around eight to ten months before the cushioning and support breaks down. Not only is it a good idea to visit a professional retailer to help you find that perfect pair of shoes and socks to make your day a bit more comfortable, but they can also analyze your gait and re-measure your foot size, something you should really have done every time you get a new pair of shoes.

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