Shoes can be used to protect and comfort our feet but it also provides warmth in those warm winter months, especially where we are in Montana. Not only that, it is a fashion statement. It says a lot about who you are and what you do or rather what you’re doing. You wouldn’t find many people working out in their dress shoes and in the same way, many won’t think to wear sneakers to that big client meeting they have in the morning.
The shoe industry is a $52 billion global market. You have a gamut of choices in every arena of shoe type for almost any activity that you can think of. However, it is true that some shoes work better than others. We want to provide you with an objective review of the shoes’ functional characteristics by looking at how the shoe works to promote natural foot function and a better walk. These will be based on my own understanding of the foot function as well as my experience of caring for the feet and providing unique solutions to improve foot function for over 30 years as a podiatrist.
Our goal is to help you achieve a better stride that allows you to be more comfortable in your daily activities, look younger in the way you walk and possibly and hopefully avoid having foot trouble down the line. I wouldn’t call myself a fashion expert so I’ll refrain from weighing in on that issue. We hope that you’ll find these reviews useful in helping you choose a shoe that fits your personality, budget and foot.
Some quick notes:
- Purchase your shoes at the end of the day
- Request a qualified sales associate to measure your foot for proper size
Ultimately, you will have to purchase based on how the shoe feels on your foot and what they will be used for. We hope that this guide will help you narrow your choices down and help you choose shoes that will help and support your foot and your body.
We are going to evaluate the shoes on a scale of 1-100. 100 being the best score possible.
- 25 points will go towards the stability of the heel and the ability of the shoe to control pronation or supination when first striking the ground with your foot
- 25 points will go towards the stability of the midfoot of the shoe. The midfoot is the area between the heel and the ball of your foot. This section should not easily twist and be relatively stable as during a normal step, the midfoot should be stable.
- 50 points will go towards the forefoot flexibility. We will evaluate this for location and degree of the flex that is available. Ideally, the shoes will bend right behind the toes and if I can get technical, it should have a 60° bend present with minimal strain.
- We will downgrade shoes up to 20 points if the foot drop is over 7mm or if the toe box is too arrow or thin to accommodate the foot.
Here’s a few things to remember:
- We won’t provide a review for every shoe that is available on the market… that’s a $52 billion industry to tackle.
- We will review the most current model that is available to us when we write.
- We will note the activities the shoes will perform best and if the shoe has particular features that either detract or enhance the shoe.
- Shoes are not universally good for every activity or every individual. These will simply be a guideline for you.
- If shoes would be best to use with an insole, we will provide this recommendation as well.
We want you to step better and feel better. We hope that these reviews will help you. Some people choose not to wear shoes and some people cannot afford to wear them. However, if you’re here, we’re guessing you’re looking for that right shoe. If you have a particular shoe you’d like us to review, please let us know. Also, keep us posted and provide feedback on any of the recommendations or reviews we make as we find your input valuable.
Like we mentioned, our goal is to help you step better and feel better. We believe in our product and we have watched it work for hundreds of people all over the world. However, it is not the end all to all your foot problems.