Why Choose Wide Fit Shoes?
Did you know that over half of 900 women we surveyed in the UK said they needed a wider shoe fit? So does this mean the majority of women in the UK have wide feet or does it simply mean that shoe companies aren’t making their shoes wide enough? We think it is the latter.
It is really important to take care of your feet. After all, you only get one pair in your lifetime and once you damage them, there is no way back. Even if you don’t think you have particularly wide feet there are really good reasons to opt for a wider fit shoe. Here are some of them…………..
- Avoid Blisters and Corns – it goes without saying that if you wear shoes which are too tight it won’t be long until they start to rub. Continued friction of feet against shoes will result in blisters in the short term and corns over the long term. Corns are ugly and painful. They can be treated but continued friction in specific areas will leave long term damage to the skin and will cause scarring.
- Steer clear of hammertoes – Jamming feet into shoes which are too tight in the toe box area can also lead to ugly hammertoes whereby the toes are pushed back and forced into a claw shape which eventually leads to permanent deformity. As the toe becomes misshapen the toe joint sticks up above the other toes which mean that wearing certain types of shoes becomes very painful. By wearing a shoe with a wider toe box this will help prevent toes being forced together into unnatural shape. Shoes which are almond shaped or rounded at the toe are much better in helping prevent hammer.
- Help prevent bunions – While most foot experts agree that bunions are mainly hereditary, wearing shoes that are too tight will only exacerbate any predisposed conditions and continuous wearing of footwear that causes feet to be molded into an unnatural shape (think pointy shoes and Chinese foot binding!) can also lead to bunions. Wearing high heels too regularly, especially heels that are tight at the front, can also lead to bunions forming. We are not saying you shouldn’t wear pointed toe shoes or high heels but when you do make sure that they are the correct width. The wider the shoe the more space your feet have to spread and the less likely they are to be squeezed into unnatural shapes.
- Give your feet space to breathe – Wide fit shoes give your feet extra space to breathe and your toes more room to wriggle. Where possible avoid man-made materials and opt for leather as it allows your feet to breathe which can help ensure you don’t get sweaty feet which can lead to fungal infections
5. Extra space for an insole – Flat shoes and ballet pumps are very popular and most people believe they are better for your feet than heels. This is a myth! Flat shoes that don’t offer arch support can lead to collapsed arches, which can be very painful. If you do like wearing flat shoes, choose a wide fit pair so that you can also put an insole into the shoe giving a little bit of extra padding between your feet and the pavement. If nothing else, it will feel a lot more comfy!
At Sargasso & Grey our motto is “shoes that don’t squeeze”. Therefore all of our shoes are made in a comfy wider fit. This doesn’t mean they aren’t also super stylish as we believe comfort and style should not be mutually exclusive!