What’s the first thing most working women do at the end of the day? Kick off their shoes. But footwear manufacturers are finally hearing our cries for flattering fashion that’s comfortable, too.
Wide heels no higher than 3 inches, sufficient space in the toe area, flexible soles that bend when you walk are important features to look for when shoe shopping. The Foot and Ankle Society soon plans to offer shoe manufacturers the opportunity to have their products rated on 15 points of comfort.
In the meantime, many established shoe companies are touting the comfort features of their shoes, among them, DKNY and 9 West. Easy Spirit and Spa, Selby, Rockport and Hush Puppies are well known for producing shoes with an emphasis on comfort.
A few tips on shopping for shoes wisely:
Buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet are their largest.
Have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes.
Try on a style you like in several different sizes to see which fits the best.
Similarly, hose that fit and support can make all the difference when it comes to comfort. For more information about legwear that’s good for your legs, write to the National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers. It distributes a pamphlet, “The Sheer Facts About Pantyhose.” The address is: NAHM, 200 North Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.
On right foot of model left: Black pebble calf shoes with black patent toe and gold buckle, $185
On left foot of model left: Bronze calf shoe with gold details and patent edging, $200
Both shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo
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On right foot of model right: Black patent shoes with grosgrain bow, $79 On left foot of model right: Gold calf shoes with gold tone trim and bow, $69
Shoes above by Selby Comfort
Fit shoes at Foot Spa shoe stores or major department stores.
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