“Those Shoes are SO expensive!” Thursdays
As a foot doctor and shoe expert, I’ve been asked by many people if more expensive shoes are better than cheaper versions. Well, sometimes, but not always.
It depends on several factors, including the materials used, talented designers, manufacturing costs, research efforts, etc. The main idea is quality. A good quality shoe is usually more expensive and usually more comfortable and therefore “better.” But sometimes you are paying extra just for the name brand. The only way for YOU to tell for sure is for YOU to go try them on, walk around in them, and see for yourself which ones feel better on your foot. Not every shoe is made for every foot type. With shoes, as with patients, it depends on a lot of things.
But just for fun, let’s take a look at some really expensive shoes that we wouldn’t mind owning!
One little shopping tip: as a podiatrist, I recommend that you go shoe shopping late in the day when your foot may be more swollen, giving you more of a true fit. If you go shopping in the morning, the shoes may feel just right when you try them on, then later when you get home they may feel too tight. How many of us have experienced this? Mmm-hmm…yep, me too!
Another shopping tip: don’t expect shoes that feel too tight in the store to “stretch out” later. Chances are if you wear shoes that are too tight, you may develop a blister and then never wear them again! Or if you do try them again, they are just too tight. It’s never a good idea to get shoes that are too small in length or width! If they don’t feel good in the store, they won’t feel good at home (or worse, they won’t feel good when you’re out at night or at work for an 8 hour day! Ouch!)
–Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert