If you are a hiking enthusiast who happens to have wide feet, this is the guide for you.
Have your shoes ever felt as if they were not right? Have you had aches and pains in your feet when you went hiking which you couldn't explain? Maybe, you have been wearing the wrong shoes this whole time.
If you have wide feet and hike a lot, it is time to go shopping for the right hiking shoes.
There are many good reasons to choose a wider shoe, even if your feet aren't particularly large. These are some:
1. Avoid Corns and Blisters
Shoes that are too tight will rub at your feet quickly. In addition, corns will develop if your feet rub against the shoes for too long. Corns can be ugly and very painful. Continued friction in certain areas of the skin will cause long-term damage and scarring, although they are treatable.
2. Avoid Hammertoes
Shoes that are tight around the toe box can cause hammertoes, a condition where the toes become pushed back into a claw shape. Hammertoes will eventually lead to permanent deformity. In addition, the toe joint becomes distorted and can cause pain when wearing tight shoes. A wider toe box will prevent your toes from being compressed together unnaturally. Shoes with a round or almond toe will help prevent hammer.
3. Help Stop Bunions
Most foot experts agree that bunions are mostly hereditary. However, too tight shoes will only worsen any predisposed conditions. Very tight shoes can also cause feet to become unnaturally shaped (think pointy shoes or Chinese foot-binding). Bunions can also be caused by wearing high heels too often, especially if they are too tight at the front. While pointed-toe heels and high heels aren't bad, make sure they are the correct width. The wider the shoe, the more room your feet have. It is then less likely for compression to happen.
Allow your feet to breathe! Solely wear leather shoes, and choose wide-fitting options.
4. Allow Your Feet To Breathe
Wide-fit shoes allow your feet to breathe more freely and give your toes more space to move. Avoid manufactured materials whenever possible and choose leather. They allow your feet to breathe, preventing you from getting sweaty feet that can lead to fungal infections.
5. Additional Space is Available for an Insole
Ballet pumps are trendy as they are more comfortable than heels. This myth is false! Flat shoes can cause collapsed arches. Shoes with very little material (insole or sole) between your feet and the ground can be dangerous. Flat shoes are not for you. Choose flat-heeled styles with cushioned insoles and arch supports. You will have more room for your feet to spread out in a wide-fit pair. If they don't have enough padding, you can always add one.