Summer shoes: Ballet flats, flip flops, platform wedges and high heel, wedge, casual and dress sandals in the summer are a welcomed relief. Summer time means vacation time, so everyone is traveling, shopping and walking outdoors because of the warm weather. The thought of summer footwear is music to many women's ears and now that summer is here, women's feet can breathe a sigh of relief. They are not trying to stuff their feet in uncomfortable closed-type shoes or boots and can finally walk happily, all day, in sandals, flip flops, ballet flats and work in high heel, wedges or flat sandals. No matter what type of footwear is worn during the summer months, most women will be very comfortable and walk pain free.
Let the truth be told, most shoes are not designed for comfort -- only for fashion. They do not accommodate for the lumps and bumps that can cause blisters on the tops of toes and back of the heel. Hammer toes are very common foot problems and can get very irritated forming painful corns on the top of toes when wearing closed shoes. Bunions are another common foot problem and can cause joint pain in the great toe also when wearing closed shoes. So, wearing the latest new summer shoe styles gives your feet three months of freedom and greatly reduces the chance of developing joint pain, corns, and blisters.
Tips of the trade
Buy the Right Size Shoe.
Always buy your correct size; buying a smaller sandal just because it looks cute and you may be able to make it work is a recipe for disaster. If the sandal is too big, your foot will slide around which will create blisters on the toes, bottom of the foot and back of the heel. It could also cause the toes to grip the floor of the shoe resulting in an unidentifiable foot pain that comes on gradually after a long day walking and shopping. These common types of foot problems are a function of the bones and joints of your foot not being properly supported and the foot sliding around in the shoe.
Arch Support, Arch Support, Arch Support!
Sandals, wedges, sling backs, ballet flats and flip flops for the most part are not designed to be supportive and walking all day in those types of shoes can cause tired legs, sore backs, arch cramps and general muscle fatigue. The reason is that you are either walking on cement sidewalks or concrete floors while shopping which are hard and unyielding and can wear you down. By the end of the day, the muscles in the foot are screaming and burning. Finding supportive summer footwear or arch products that can be placed in these types of shoes will greatly reduce some of these common foot problems.
Know your Feet
It could be the difference between walking pain free or walking in pain.
1. If you have flat feet and wear flats, sandals, wedges and flip flops without adequate arch support, those types of shoes can cause arch cramps, muscle spasms and leg fatigue.
2. Do not force your foot in shoes that are too small just because they go with what you're wearing that day. Depending on what your plans are, make sure the shoes you choose have enough room in the toe box so the toes do not get cramped or blistered.
3. Sandals that have straps in the wrong places can also ruin your day, make sure that the straps do not irritate the tops of your toes or behind the heel. Straps can form thickened skin; corns from friction or excessive movement of your foot rubbing against them.
4. Since bunions and hammertoes are so common, shoes that are too tight can cause joint pain in the great toe and corns on the top of second through the fifth toes. Wearing open-toed shoes will eliminate that problem.
Know your feet, the shape, the lumps and bumps that are present that can be irritated by different shoe styles, know what types of shoes make your feet more comfortable and which ones do not.