My wife has an addiction, to shoes. Yes, like most people with two “X” chromosomes, my wife finds pleasure in swapping hard earned money for something to walk all over. She has over a hundred pairs of shoes in our closet, no, I’m not exaggerating. It’s truly unbelievable. Almost every new pair of shoes she stacks in our shoe store of a closet brings a certain kind of disbelief from me. We almost always argue over the latest footwear purchase. However, she the other day she brought home some research on Mephisto women’s shoes.
Mephisto looks like a regular shoe, however it sparks interest in what really makes a great shoe. I began researching some footwear necessities on my own. What I found was that there are certain universal qualities that make for a perfect shoe. Among these qualities are shock absorption, arch support and alignment. After consulting the experts, here is what I have found.
You feet take more abuse than any other part of you body. The impact of you feet hitting the ground with every step in enormous when you consider all the steps you take in a life time. Your knees suffer too. I consulted an orthopedic surgeon on this topic and here is what he said. A shoe should help this impact by providing support and cushion at the heel and ball of the foot. This is where the most pressure is applied when walking, running or standing. If you help these areas you will reduce your chances of having orthopedic issues in the future as well as being able to stand, walk or run longer.
Another point I asked about was arch support. I personally have feet flatter than my grandmother’s famous pancakes. They hurt and I have never been able to walk or run as far as others. If a shoe provides strong arch support, the impact in minimized and you can save the end of day soreness. This is where I always look when buying shoes. “If its flat, it goes back!”
The third important area of concern for shoe buyers is alignment. Alignment means keeping your feet, legs and hips straight forward in their natural position. If a shoe causes you to lean of twist any part of your body into and abnormal position, your headed for the doctor’s office eventually. No Joke! In as little as a month, I have seen nurses develop horrible knee and spinal problems from less than comfortable shoe.
These areas are just three of many aspect of footwear that should be considered by buyers. (who knew, right?) The problem is that most women’s, and some men, need style and fashion. They overlook the functionality. To combat this I recommend Mephisto women’s shoes. They provide excellent functionality and comfort with remarkable fashion sense. Trust me here, I live with a fashion guru! I hope these ideas help and may you blessed with a firm foundation to stand on.