How to Choose the Right Shoes for Your Feet

Jun 05, 2024

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Its very important to select the correct shoes to prevent injury, pain. and discomfort. Here is how you can choose the best sneakers, shoes, and cleats for your daily activities.

Choosing the right shoes is crucial for maintaining foot health and preventing injuries. Whether you're a runner, office worker, or someone who spends a lot of time on their feet, the right footwear can make a significant difference. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect pair of shoes.


1. Understand Your Foot Type

Are you flat-footed, do you have high arches, or do you have neutral arches?Knowing your foot type is the first step in selecting the right shoes. Not all shoes will fit your feet perfectly, and the pair of shoes that your friend loves may not be the best for your needs. A podiatrist can help you determine your foot type and recommend the best shoes for you. Our Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Scott Hanauer, can help assist you with any foot and ankle questions that you make have about your foot type. 

If you have a pair of shoes that you love that are lacking arch support, you may benefit from adding custom orthotic inserts into your shoes. if you are interested in custom orthotics, Dr. Hanauer can assist you. A 3D scan of your foot is used to develop personalized orthotics fit your feet. 

2. Consider Your Activities

Different activities require different types of shoes. Running shoes are designed for forward motion, while cross-trainers offer more lateral support for activities like aerobics or weightlifting. Basketball shoes have more ankle support, a lot of cushion, and even jumping technology. Make sure to choose shoes that are appropriate for your specific activities to prevent injury and increase your performance. 

3. Focus on Fit

A well-fitting shoe should feel snug but not tight. Your toes should have enough room to wiggle, and there should some space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. It is always best to try on your shoes before buying. Sizes, width, and feel change between brands and styles.

Personally I wear a size 11 shoe. When it comes to Converse shoes I wear a 10.5 because I find their shoes oversized for my feet. On the other have, Jordan shoes often feel too small causing pain on the ouside of my pinky toes forcing me to completely change my basketball shoes altogether. Fit and comfort are the most important factors when selecting shoes. Just because one pair of shoes from a brand fits your feet, doesn't mean the next pair will. Don't be afraid to try on different sizes and return shoes your ordered online. 

4. Check for Support and Cushioning

Good arch support and cushioning are essential for preventing foot pain and injuries. Look for shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning in the heel and forefoot. Orthotic inserts can also provide additional support if needed. If you are interested in learning more about custom orthotics you can check out our services page or select "Book Now" to schedule with our Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Hanauer.

5. Test Them Out

Walk around in the shoes to see how they feel. Pay attention to any pressure points or areas of discomfort. It's important that the shoes feel comfortable from the start, as they may not "break in" as much as you expect.

6. Replace Worn-Out Shoes

Shoes lose their support and cushioning over time. As a general rule, replace your running shoes every year or two when you notice signs of wear and tear. Wearing wore out shoes/cleats can be dangerous especially in sport specific activities. 


Choosing the right shoes can prevent a host of foot and ankle problems and keep you moving comfortably. If you have specific foot issues or need personalized advice, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Podiatrist, Dr. Scott Hanauer.