Footwear – Tips on Proper Fitting, Care, and Usage

Most people would agree that, like having a good mattress, good shoes are important to one’s well being, since many hours are spent bearing weight on them. Yet people frequently buy ill-fitted shoes for fashion, price, or other reasons, and then keep wearing the shoes till they are worn out, because they have just become “broken in.”

Foot pain can be prevented or reduced from buying properly fitted shoes and proper footwear usage. Following are tips when purchasing shoes, aimed more for those buying running or exercise shoes, but also practical for the general population too. Also, tips on proper shoe care and use are presented.

Tips for purchasing shoes

Shoe fitting

Other considerations

Shoe use and care


“What Every Runner Should Know about Shoes,” Physician & Sportsmedicine; Jan, 2005; Vol. 33 Issue 1, p23
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Web site at:
American Podiatric Medical Association Web site at: