Finding a comfortable, supportive pair of athletic shoes is a fairly easy task, however locating a suitable pair of dress shoes may be more of a challenge for some. If you’re required to wear dress shoes on a regular basis, purchasing a quality pair is an investment in your foot health. But how do you find ones that fit properly and provide adequate support? An exercise that may prove beneficial, and be a time saver in your hunt for the best dress shoes is to identify the shape of your foot and determine which pair of shoes in your closet best matches your feet. You can do this by standing barefoot on a piece of paper and trace the shape of each foot. Then place each of your shoes on top of that drawing. You may find that your most comfortable pair of shoes are also the ones that most closely match the outline of your feet. Identify which of your shoes cause you the greatest amount of discomfort. Often times the shoes with high heels or a narrow toe box will be the least comfortable.

If that exercise helps you identify the most comfortable shoes in your inventory, you’ll find the shoe shopping process will be much easier. Here are some additional dress shoe selection criteria you should also

1. Have both feet measured to determine if one foot is slightly larger than the other, either by length or width.

If so, be certain to choose a size that fits the larger foot.

2. Wear the same type of socks or stockings while shoe shopping that you’d normally wear with your shoes. Stores may offer disposable nylon stockings for trying on shoes; however they tend to be

thinner than most socks.

3. Shop for shoes during the late afternoon or evening hours.

Your feet will naturally swell and expand throughout the day. Trying on new shoes in

        the morning may lead to you purchasing a pair that’s slightly too small.

4. Base your shoe selection on comfort versus size. Size may vary between different

shoe types and manufacturers. If a particular shoe feels snug, try on a larger size.

5. Examine the soles on a pair of shoes before purchasing. Do they appear to offer enough cushion against impact?

How do they perform when walking on hard surfaces and carpet? Do they seem to provide

adequate support? Selecting the best pair of dress shoes for your feet may take some time,

but it will certainly be worth the effort. Many of our patients who suffer with painful foot conditions

have determined that their previous shoes may have added to their foot problems.

Quality footwear is a sensible investment in your preventative health plan.