Choosing Quality over Quantity When Buying Shoes
When it comes to buying shoes both for adults and for kids, quality is important. Quality adult shoes last a long time. Though they might be expensive, they will last a long time. Same goes for kids shoes. Quality kids shoes in addition to lasting a long time, also aid in the proper development of their feet. Good quality kids shoes can come in the form of quality leather loafers or Handcrafted Baby Sneakers and much more.
When it comes to buying a quality leather shoe, there are some things you need to take note of
Leather Shoes: There are plenty of options of materials for shoes. Outside of the visual appeal, there is a big difference in their ability to withstand weather conditions as well as the physical demands put on them by the wearer. Leather is a good option. Leather that has been minimally treated, and includes the natural imperfections play into the beautiful aesthetic of shoe. In addition, because it has not endured harsh treatments, with proper care it has the ability to age well and last for years. Corrected Leather has been sanded down to remove imperfections, and an artificial grain has been applied and coated with sealant. The continuity of color may be appealing to some at first sight, but with wear, it can crease, peel, and over time look less like leather and more like plastic.
Finding Quality Shoes
To understand what shoes are good quality, you should understand the basic anatomy of the shoe. Let’s talk about the different parts:
Stitching: If you’re shopping for a shoe like a lace up brogue, Oxford, a boot or shoe for hiking and there is exposed stitching, this could be for one of two reasons. One, it’s decorative and two, it’s there to keep water out. If it’s decorative, you should be able to run your nail along the thread and see the thread separating. If it’s to keep the water out, when you run your nail along it, nothing should come off. It should have a waxy coating on it instead.
The Sole: The sole is the base of the show where most damages occur and it is also the most important part of the shoe. When the sole starts to show sign of wear and tear, you know it’s time to change your shoe. Shoe soles are usually either made of leather or rubber. These are both great options depending on what you wear them for. Turn the shoes over and examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? Also, take the sole test as you walk around the shoe store: do the soles cushion against impact? Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoes feel.
The Innersole: It should not feel like there is nothing between the sole and the inner sole. There should be some insulation or a small layer of padding, once you start wearing these regularly, if there’s nothing between those two layers, you’ll have sore heels and balls of your feet and your shoes will wear out faster.
The Heel: The heel is made up of a piece of wood or cork, and is often attached by glue, a pin and sometimes stitching. A sturdy and thick high heel is less likely to get caught on things and is less liable to be scuffed. So look out for it.
The Cuff: The Cuff of your shoe is the area that fits around your ankle, this is the spot that when wearing in shoes we usually feel the most pain. This area should always have a lining if the shoe is leather and you plan on wearing them daily. If not, you’ll have sore heels for longer than expected and your shoes will not hold their shape well with regular wear. Cuffs are also a way to show the design of the shoe and can be fashionable like the cuffs in Chelsea boots.
Front/Throat: This is the center front and the area that spans across your toes and front of your foot. This part of the shoe usually shows quite a bit of wear and tear, sometimes they fade in this area, other times they stretch and get age lines. If you oil your shoe regularly, it can fix this. Be sure to look down into the shoe when purchasing closed or peep toe shoes that have a piece of fabric on the outer, like a strap that’s there for decoration. This should be made in a flexible fabric as you’ll feel soreness across the front of your foot from a shoe with a non-flexible material.
Inner Toe: The inner toe area should have the inner sole lining it all the way down to the toe. If not, the shoe isn’t well made. You shouldn’t be able to see any of the inner shoe interfacings, all you should see is the general lining where your inner sole meets the rest of your shoe.
Tips for when you go shopping for Shoes
- Wait until the afternoon to shop for shoes as your feet naturally expand with use during the day and may swell in hot weather.
- Wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
- Have the salesperson measure both of your feet and get measured every time you buy new shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.
- Stand in the shoes. Make sure you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Find shoes that fit from the start.
- Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe's size or description. Sizes vary from one manufacturer to another. And no matter how comfortable an advertisement claims those shoes are, you're the real judge.
- Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your feet or cause blisters.