February 28, 2018 2 min read
Ever worn your new shoes to work and had this happen?
You get to work and you're feeling and looking pretty good. But by mid to late morning, your shoes start to pinch. Maybe you begin to walk a little funny. By lunch, however, your new shoes have become walking torture chambers and you're hobbling about like you're walking on hot coals.
In this blog post I give you the top 3 reasons why you need a shoe stretcher.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but for most of us, one foot will be bigger than the other - and we don't even know it. My left foot is a 10E (borderline EE) while my right feet is a 10.5E. That's a half size difference. Similarly, if you have wide feet, you will most likely have to do a bit of negotiating with your leather shoes to get them to fit. To make things more complicated, our feet actually change shape over the course of our lives. The result of oddly shaped feet is that people have been wearing the wrong-sized shoes for years. A shoe stretcher is the best tool to use to make each shoe fit correctly.
The type of leather used and the thickness of the sole will affect the break-in period of leather shoes. Without going into the types of leather available, essentially, the thicker the leather the longer the break-in period. If you've purchased a pair of shoes from a reputable British manufacture, for example, the shoes will almost always be made from a quality grain leather on the thicker side of the scale. It is not uncommon for a pair of quality leather shoes to take up to four weeks to properly break-in. Shoe stretchers can be used to dramatically reduce the break-in period.
These ailments are sure signs your shoe is not fitting perfectly. The shoe may be too tight around the toes, or too narrow across the instep. Ignoring these injuries will mean your skin hardens and can even affect your joints. This may lead to further complications, such as bunions, corns or ingrown toenails; none of which are particularly pleasant. A quality shoe stretcher will come with bunion plugs that can be used to alleviate pressure points around the shoe, which in turn promotes good foot health.
Wouldn't it be great if shoes could be made perfectly for our feet? Sadly, in a world where scale rules and bespoke costs, we often buy shoes that are not designed for our foot's shape. Apart from being painful and distracting, ill-fitting shoes can lead to other health complications.
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