DO's and DONT's of SHOES

1. Don't wear: Flip flops

Even though your beautiful toes are out for the world to see, extended use of flip flops can lead to arch and heel pain. They have no support and should only be for the beach or pool. 

2. DO wear: Sneakers and Running shoes

These by definition have optimum arch support and soles meant for shock absorption. These can be for running or to take to the gym, but can also be worn with a cute pair of jeans. 

3. Don't wear: Ballet Flats

These shoes have zero support. They give you a false sense of material because they are covered, but with the material being so thin they can easily be punctured while walking in the street.

4. Don't wear: Plastic shoes

Hopefully this trend of shoe does not last long! Plastic causes major perspiration and friction which can create blisters and pain. Not to mention, smelly feet can become a thing with this material of shoe. 

5. DO wear: Cowboy shoes

This type of shoe will always be a popular trend. Make sure there is always room for your toes. Cowboy boots overall are sturdy and provide great ankle support!

6. Don't wear: Gladiator sandals

These give you the illusion of support because of the many straps, but are flimsy and provide minimal support and can lead to an ankle injury very easily. 

7. DO wear: Birkenstock sandals

These may not be jaw dropping in style, but are actually good for your feet. The provide good shock absoprtion and arch support. 

8. Don't wear: Close-toed mules

Close-toed mules can squish your feet because they tend to be narrow. They also have no ankle or rear support and can easily allow for a sprained ankle or long term damage. 

9. DO wear: Wedge heels

If you wear heels, wear these instead of a stiletto because they provide more support and balance. As a general rule, DON'T wear heels higher than 3 inches, as this leads to increased chances of ankle sprains and long term damage to the forefoot!

Kriti Puthenpurakal, DPM