Updated: May 6
Having good shoes can be a lifesaver. Can I get an “AMEN”? We spend most of our day in shoes so we need them to be A. Comfortable B. Supportive and C. Cute – the order of these three is up for discussion. And today more than ever Americans invest a lot of their hard earned money into finding the perfect shoe. According to this article , the typical adult spends roughly $2000 on clothing and shoes in any given year.
Yet how much we spend doesn’t seem to lead to happiness. How many times have you said this to yourself “I have nothing to wear”? Or “I don’t have the right shoes for this outfit”?
The solution to the age old problem of finding the perfect outfit isn’t MORE shoes. The answer is finding the RIGHT SHOES. And here’s some tips on how to do just that:
1. FIND SHOES THAT SUPPORT YOUR FEET
There are many shoes out there that offer no support. On the flip side, there are many that offer lots of support. The key is to find ones you like with the most support possible. Supportive shoes have a stiff back and bend where your toes bend. They also will have some arch support as should be long enough in the back and the toes.
2. OPT FOR TIMELESS LOOKS
Trendy shoes are just that…. trendy. They may be stylish this season but be out the next. It’s hard for me to invest money into shoes that are both quality and trendy since I won’t be wearing them for too long. The use doesn’t seem to justify the cost. A simple solution is to look for timeless pieces such as ballet flats, a slip-on sandal and ankle boots.
3. GO FOR QUALITY ALWAYS
One of the best decisions I have made is to invest in new quality shoes on every one of my birthdays. I call it my “birthday splurge.” When shopping, I don’t look at the price. Scary right? While I have spent some serious dough, I have always ended up with pairs that I can wear season after season. One tip for determining a shoes quality is looking at the material it is made of. Also look at the material the soles are made of. Check the quality of stitching. These are all HUGE factors in how long a product will last.
4. DUMP THE DOWNERS
Never be afraid to let go of shoes that aren’t working for you. They could be too small or too big. They could be looking worn or have a shotty sole. They could be ones that you had great hopes of wearing but never quite seem to get around to putting on. There is no point to keeping the “just OK.”
5. LOOK FOR ONES EASY TO PUT ON
I don’t know about you but I am all about efficiency. If it takes too long to lace a shoe up or buckle it on, I am not going to wear them. If you are the same way, own that!!! Look for shoes that are easy to get on and will have you out the door in no time.
When it comes to shoes, you deserve the best. Quality is more important than quantity for this category. It is better to buy one great pair that will last for years over 3 pairs of cheap shoes that will hurt your feet. Just remember to look for support, ditch the downers, go for quality and timelessness and find ones that fit your needs.
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