Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Shoes

Finding the right shoes is a challenge. Of course, you have a size chart, which can give a helping hand. However, our feet are three-dimensional, and so a chart can never be accurate. Plus, everyone’s feet are different, and so there is no magical formula when it comes to finding the right shoes for you. With that in mind, below we take a look at some of the common signs that the shoes you are wearing aren’t right for you:

Are your feet in pain? Your shoes may not be the right ones.

Are you wearing the wrong shoes for your feet? Read on to find out. Pexels, CC0 License.

You are in pain – Let’s begin with the most obvious point of them all; if you are in pain, the shoes you are wearing are not right for you. Your shoes should never cause your pain or irritation. However, we seem to assume that this is something we simply have to accept – no pain, no gain, as they say! Well, that phrase certainly does not apply to wearing shoes. If the pain persists no matter what shoes you wear, it could be a sign that there is something else wrong – such as an injury or a certain condition. From fallen arches to bunions, plantar fasciitis, and flat foot, there are a number of conditions that can cause pain. Luckily, there are also flat feet shoes available, as well as shoes for other conditions, reducing the pain and ensuring you can get about comfortably. But, don’t simply put pain to the back of your mind; it is important that you wear the right shoes to minimize the symptoms you are experiencing.

Your shoes are too old – No matter how much you try to protect your shoes, pounding the pavement is going to cause some damage over the years. You may get to the point where your shoes do not provide the support they used to. You should be able to tell that your shoes need an upgrade. Signs include noticeable creases, as well as listing to one side when you place them on a flat surface. When it comes to walking shoes and trainers, if you log about ten miles per week, you should change your shoes at least once per year.

Your arches ache at the end of the day – The muscles at the bottom of your feet will tighten with every step if your shoes are not supportive enough or if they are too big. This is an attempt to keep your arch up. This instinctive flexing ensures your shoes do not slip around or slide off. However, it can also lead to plantar fasciitis and other overuse injuries.

You have bruised toenails, calluses, or blisters – If you are suffering from any of these injuries, it is a clear sign that your shoes are rubbing you the wrong way. Often, this is because they are too narrow or tight in certain areas. This pressure can have an impact on your joints or cause your skin to harden. This can result in ingrown toenails, bunions, and painful corns.

Your toes graze the tip of your shoes – If there is not any room between your toe and the start of your shoe, you need to get rid of the pair you are wearing. No matter what type of shoes you are wearing, you should be able to wiggle your toes. This is especially important because our feet expand as the day goes on. So, if you have barely any room in the morning, your feet are going to be in pain by the end of the day. This is why it is advisable to go shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening, when your feet are at their biggest.

You have been wearing the same size shoe since you went to school – Last but not least, if you have been wearing the same size shoe since you were at high school, this is a clear sign that you need some new shoes. This is something that may shock a lot of people; after all, your feet stop growing, right? Well, while this is the case, your feet spread as you get older, as a result of the arch gradually falling. As a consequence, it is not uncommon for people to go up a shoe size or more as they get older. No matter how old you are, it is a good idea to get your feet measured at your local shoe store at least once every year.

If any of the scenarios above sound familiar, it is time to ditch your shoes and invest in a new pair! You may love the style, but if they are causing pain, you should never risk your health.

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38 thoughts on “Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Shoes

  1. Ah … I thought it was just me — always struggling to find the right shoes. Once I find a size of a brand that I am comfortable with, I keep buying the same thing again and again until the brand does not produce those shoes anymore. Surprisingly, shutting down the right model and size of shoes happens a lot in the shoe business. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day.

    • It’s tough when you find a great shoe and then it’s not made any longer! Like with some products at the store too (thinking of face lotions, etc). I’m hoping your feet are healthy and you keep smiling 🙂

  2. Hi Christy:
    Several month ago I was spending a great deal of time in work boots on concrete. I started to have pain in my heels, I went to a specialty foot orthopaedic center and they suggested a fitting. I did find a far better solution through Birkenstock who have a half insole which corrected the problem.
    I have worn cowboy boots for years and they do have a great arch support.

    Hugs and all

  3. At the beginning of each season I have a little trouble with some of my shoes. For some reason, the first time I wear them, they cause pain or hurt a bit. A few days after, no more pain, no more trouble fir the whole season.

  4. Great article Christy. I think the main problem for many of us lies in the final paragraph, we like the style…and will cram our little toes in no matter what it takes. Cheers to you, my friend, and our precious feet.

  5. Good tips! When I was younger, as long as the shoe looked good, I would wear it. At this age I go for comfort first but it has to be stylish too. Luckily I can usually find both but I have to pay more. And I do have favorite brands that always deliver. I would rather shop for shoes than clothes as they are the foundation for an outfit.

    • The good thing about paying more for shoes is that hopefully they’ll last longer… and that’s a good thing if we find a pair that is stylish AND comfortable. I find pants the hardest thing to shop for, personally!

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  7. Now who doesn’t love a post about shoes? 🙂 I love shoes and have way too many, even so, through the years I know my my limit on heel height to save my back. More than 3 inches are reserved for in and out of the car to the restaurant only, lol. When I was younger any beautiful shoe would do. Now I make sure of height, width doesn’t constrict for those hotter days when feet tend to swell, and often I buy a half size bigger for extra wiggle room. If needed I add a comfort insole which fits great with the extra half size up. 🙂 xx

  8. After finding a shoe that fits properly, flexible orthotics were my answer! It’s not a hard core orthotic, nor a commercial arch support. They fall in between. You will need a doctor’s reference to a foot clinic, such as Walking Mobility Clinic, which is the one I go to in Toronto.
    I walk a lot!!! A two – four hour walk is exhilarating!

  9. I’ve known two people with knee problems that needed treatment. Both had signs of uneven wear on the soles of their shoes. It seems that a deviation from normal balanced walking results in uneven wear which then adds to the problem.

    Perhaps It is worth watching for uneven wear as a symptom of an uneven gait or one foot pointing outward, either of which have their own outcome. 🙂

  10. I know my feet have “stretched” out as you put it, because in the last few years I’ve had to start buying shoes a half size larger than what I wore through my twenties and into my thirties. I’ve long since forsaken appearance for comfort in regards to my feet!

    • Comfort comes first – let’s enjoy our time out of the house so that we won’t have to soak tender footsies once we’re back there at at the end of the day 😉

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