Shoe fitting is also about protecting your foot skeleton from harm and long term damages. Fashion is fashion, but wrongly fitted shoes are serious long term danger.
In the previous articles “Why my shoes don’t fit? (Part 4)”, we have concluded, that for a perfect shoe fitting, the shoe last has to correspond to certain points with our foot skeleton.
Your shoes are fitting, if the length, the width of the joints (which are the widest part of your foot) and the volume of the shoe last are identical to your foot skeleton.
I like to mention here, that other measurement points on your foot, like the instep, waist or short-heel, are also very important, but we have no way to detect them on finished shoes, that’s why we’re leaving them here at this point.
We have discussed lots about shoes and shoe lasts, it’s time to have a closer look at our foot.
Let’s put some important facts together:
1. Everybody walks an average of about 70 million steps in his life
2. The feet are the most complex bone structure in our body.
3. The feet skeleton is arranged by 26 bones alone
4. By about 70% adults, the left and right foot skeleton are showing mayor differences
5. By about 30%, the second toe is longer than the big toe
6. And the most growing part of the shoe industry is the orthopedic sector
You can find thousands of shoe care tips in the Internet, but almost nobody cares about shoe fitting and the consequences could be disastrous.
Just have a look at some pictures
The skeleton on top, shows a normal shaped foot. Below you see the position for a week-flattened foot.
One main reason of such a disease are too short and narrow shoes.
In this dramatic case a surgery would be unavoidable.
In the next picture you can see a footprint of a flat- and a normal foot:
Another common foot problem is the “Morton-Toe”. A weakening transverse arch could displace the joints:
This could happened through excessive wearing of high heels. By excessive I mean, daily walking (not sitting) on high heels, with more than two inch hight, for more than 2-3 hours.
The reason is, that all weight is been put on the front of the foot, the muscular structure on the longitudinal arch is getting weaker and the inside joint is getting misplaced.
Also narrow and short footwear could cause this kind of problem.
Attention Ladies! Here you see a x-ray from a foot in a high heel.
I think, it speaks for itself.
For a good shoe fitting, it’s absolutely essential, that everybody starts to observe their feet. What is the actual length of my feet? Are they having the same width? What type of foot do I have? I will explain later more about some simple methods how to measure and observe our foot.
There is some bad news for you, even if you’re aware of all critical aspects of your foot – you know now your length, the width etc., there is no way that you can find out, if these measurements are corresponding with your shoe. On a finished shoe you can’t check these measurements – no way! Now the good news is, that the shoe industry is of course aware of this problem and they are giving us some information’s about the shoe. How we can use these information’s, I will explain to you in the next article.
If you have any questions or doubts, please leave a comment or download the free ebook with measurements instructions.
Andre Gerdes ( the healthy foot lover )