3 Point Test for Shoe Selection

One of the most common questions I get in the practice is how do I find a good shoe? What do I go to look for when I'm looking for a shoe? Well most people's problems come from lack of support so having a good shoe is very critical.

Three things you want to look for in a good shoe: our twist, squeeze and bend.

So the first characteristic of a good shoe is twisting it. You want to twist that sole to see how much torsional rigidity there is. They need to be fairly rigid like you can see in this shoe.

The second is squeeze. You want to squeeze the heel counter of the shoe. Squeeze that heel counter; it also needs to be fairly stiff so it doesn't collapse.

Then the third thing is bend. What you want to do is you want to flip the shoe over and bend the shoe and it's expected to only bend where your toes bend.  If it bends back in the mid part of the shoe that it's not going to give you adequate support.

So those are the three points for proper shoe support: twist, squeeze and bend. 

Did you know we have podiatrist approved shoes in our office? Come check us out! 

Gaston Foot & Ankle Specialists

251 Wilmot Drive
Gastonia, NC 28054