Shoes Buying Guide
Shoes Buying Guide? What the heck? Do I really need one? Read on, to get the answer. You will be thanking the writer by the time you finish reading this article, for taking you to the world of shoes and bringing forth the different styles and makes hither-to unknown. There is an age old proverb which says, "The wearer only knows where the shoes pinches" and most of us have come across this proverb and experienced the truth of its words, at some point of time, in our life. There is a modern proverb, less known but equally true which is "The wearer only knows how the shoe fits".
To shop for the perfect fit and the perfect shoe style isn’t as easy as you may think. A lot of things are to be taken into account to get a pair of shoes that others would envy for its perfect fit and style.
Select the Perfect Fit and the Perfect Shoe Style:With so many top brands offering the latest shoe styles, you may get confused. Don’t get confused and don’t go by hear-say. A pair of shoes that fit perfectly on the feet of a person might not be fit for you. Try different pairs on. It is absolutely necessary to wear different pairs and judge personally to get the perfect fit. A perfect shoe style is irrelevant if it is not a perfect fit. Perfect shoe style and perfect fit should be complementary to each other.
Many of us do not bother to know the latest styles and designs and repent afterwards for our foolishness and ignorance. Let us first know the different shoe styles, to pick out the right pair:
Athletic ShoesFor sports purposes most of the hot brands are offering athletic shoes which are so comfortable and safe that they are worn by common people too every day and for casual use. The only place where people are not allowed and seen in athletic shoes today is an office. There are Athletic look like shoes, more commonly known as Athletic-inspired shoes. These shoes are not designed for sports purposes but give an illusion of athletic shoes. However these shoes are much in demand for their various color combinations and rugged looks.
BootsThis kind of footwear has been liked by men and women both for ages. Women prefer boots for the variety these provide. Pointed-toe, knee-high, flat-heel, flat-toe, platform-soled are some of the hot favorites. These are specially designed to suit all weather and are leakage proof. Motorcycle, snow hiking and cowboy boots have been doing the rounds for quite some time now.
ClogsClogs with its modern version have come out in the open leaving behind the wooden soles. Now clogs with rubber soles, cork soles and plastic soles adorn the feet of the wearers. Clogs with the upper half made of leather, look fashionable and are widely used and popular for its open-back style.
SandalsSandals have usually a single strap and thin sole and provide great comfort when walking around casually in shorts and in open air. Strappy sandals, specially designed for women, can be worn with long and short skirts and look great with any clothing that is light in weight.
MulesMules are much in demand and preferred mostly by those who have an inclination for closed-toe with an open-back style offering different heights. With long skirts or pants, mules look great and fashionable.
FlatsFlat footwear has either very low and broad heels or no heels at all. These are preferred by tall people who don’t want to look extra tall and these are really very comfortable to wear and walk around. These look equally good and stylish with skirts, loose pants and shorts.
StilettosThis type of footwear is hot favorite of those who like to wear short dresses and flaunt their natural assets. With no strap and ties, with the toes visible, these give one, a killer look. These are available with heels of different heights and closed back, both for short and tall ladies.
LoafersLoafers are made of soft leather and are preferred for the slip-on quality. These are usually carved out of a single piece of leather having no outer sole. Some loafers have rubber soles.
Dress ShoesWhen it is a matter of creating a lasting impression on your business associates or company officials, your immaculate dress won't be adequate unless worn with a pair of immaculate dress shoes. A pair of dress shoes, well-polished, really rocks your formal attire. Contrary to the misconception that dress shoes are for everyday wear, the dress shoes are meant for special occasions. Dress shoes are made of expensive and very fine leather that is soft and light in weight. Now Italian leather is much in demand due to the cost factor. Dress shoes are the costliest shoes. The best dress shoes are costlier than the athletic shoes. The best dress shoes are entirely made of very soft leather of the finest quality and are so finely designed that these are the most comfortable to wear. The top brands are offering dress shoes of the finest quality of different styles. At the time of buying dress shoes, utmost care should be taken to get the perfect fit. Please remember that dress shoes have a significant role to play in your social and formal life as they indeed make you look smarter, sharper and aristocratic.
Platform ShoesPlatform shoes have thick soles, usually four inches to six inches in height. These are much in demand and are the most sought after shoes by men, ladies and girls who are short in height. These are worn to give an impression of extra height. Short people wear platform shoes to look taller and to mingle well with their taller associates, without any complex. Platform shoes are available in various styles that suit the need and choice of every individual. People are often led to misjudge one's true height when the platform shoes are totally hidden or covered by full pants with wide lower half or bell-bottoms. Platform shoes have soles that are high and wide. Not only the toes but also the heels are elevated by either rubber or cork soles in platform shoes.
Get a Great Fit for Your ShoesTo get a great and perfect fit for your shoes, it is advised to have a proper tracing of one of your feet. Trace one foot with a pencil or a marker by placing the foot on a piece of paper. It is better to let somebody else do the tracing, as you may find it uncomfortable to do the tracing on your own. Once the tracing is done, mark the length and width by drawing straight lines that touch the outermost points, vertically and horizontally. If you measure these lines with a scale or a tape, you will get the length and width of your feet. To get the right measurement, please note that your feet must be in use for several hours. The feet expand with continuous exercise and contract when in rest for long. Take the measurement in standing position. These steps would ensure a perfect fit for your shoes.
Published by: Deon Marc on Apr 06 2013
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