Women's feet can be hard to fit. The challenge for women is to be able to find shoes that maintain style and comfort. I recently visited three shoe stores where the staff was excellent in fitting women with shoes that accommodated their foot problems while keeping them in style. Wearing shoes that fit you well can go a long way in preventing serious foot disorders.  

Mirage Shoes Comfort Shoes For Women: This store in Wallingford is owned by two women who have a very good knowledge of foot function while they focus on selling shoes that incorporate both style and comfort. They carry smart looking dress casuals like Taos, and others with a wider toe box such as Naot; these shoes more easily accommodate over the counter inserts or custom orthotics. They also sell Pedaq and Sole supports and know which shoes accommodate which insoles for various foot complaints. They also carry socks by SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large. From sandals to walking shoes to dress shoes, Mirage shoes was truly “all about feet and all about you.” Open 7 days a week.

Shoes N Feet Shoe Store: This is an excellent store in Fremont where the staff has had in depth training about matching a customer’s needs and foot type with shoes and orthotics. In addition to Taos, Naot, Dansko, and Aravon, they carry shoes such as Aetrex and Orthofeet to accommodate wider feet and feet that need a roomier stretchy topped toe box. They sell a large variety of over the counter supports including Superfeet, Lynco, more rigid supports and lower profile devices for dress shoes. In addition, they sell socks with increased cushioning and Wrightsocks with a double layer designed to decrease friction when exercising. Open Mondays-Saturday.

Shoe Advantage Shoe Store: A great store in the Roosevelt district with a great family history. This store carries a good variety of men’s and women’s casual dress shoes and the staff is very helpful in fitting problem feet. They carry several brands of women shoes including Dansko, Aravon, Keen, Naot, Ecco, Rockport and Merrill. They sell primarily New Balance athletic shoes in the store, but their online store, Online Shoes, has an expanded selection of all types of shoes. If you buy online you can return shoes at the store. They have a full selection of Superfeet, and socks by SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large and Thorlo. Open seven days a week and until 8pm weekdays.

Don’t Let Your Feet Become the Soul of Your Discontent

When shopping for shoes, try to go toward the end of the day because of the swelling that naturally occurs. In order to get the right Shoe for the right foot for the right activity, be sure to communicate your needs clearly to the staff.  If you wear orthotics bring them with you, and remember to wear the kind of socks you will be wearing with the shoes you will purchase.  Have your feet measured, but be sure to listen to the salespeople who know how each brands sizes tend to run. Don’t be surprised if you’re told you are wearing a shoe that’s too short. As we age, our feet do get longer. Be kind to your feet even if you don’t like the way they look. It’s not their fault, and you may have to expand your ideas along with the shoes you buy to keep your feet happy and healthy. 

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