Points to Ponder with Ladies Shoes

Points to Ponder with Ladies Shoes

What immediately comes to mind when you say, ladies shoes? Hmm, most women would respond, “Well something that keeps my feet comfortable, but is also stylish, long-lasting and doesn’t fall apart at the seams with a couple of uses.” Others would say, “We like whatever celebrities and fashionistas are wearing.” Money is no object, and who cares about comfort as long as we have our stilettos.”

Seriously, determining what constitutes the best in ladies shoes falls on a scale between true comfort and style, which can be interpreted through what represents a good shoe, such as:

Shoe Flexibility

A pair of ladies shoes that fit properly should be malleable and bendable and should adjust to the wearer. When shoes are not flexible, rubbing and wearing will occur in different areas of the foot as well as wear on the shoes themselves. Blisters, bunions, corns and fallen arches and other foot problems can all be the result of inflexible womens shoes

Shoe Materials

Obviously leather is the luxury material that goes into well-made shoes, but with so many different types of footwear available today like boots, sandals, slippers, overshoes, sneakers, athletic shoes, orthopedic shoes, etc., a variety of materials are used in their making. Not only leather, but reconstituted leather, leather fabrics, plastic, rubber, and other synthetic materials can be part of what comprises ladies shoes. Many of these materials may not be the best for breathability, comfort and longevity, but their use does cut down on the overall cost of ladies shoes. A buyer can usually recognize the materials used with a simple sniff. Natural leather will not smell; whereas anything synthetic usually has an odd odor about it.

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Measuring and Sizing Shoes

A woman’s foot size will change throughout her lifetime and that is all the more reason to at least measure feet once a year. Ladies shoes can vary in size from a half size to even a full size or more these days as so many shoes, name brand and otherwise, are made outside of the U.S. and may not conform to traditional footwear sizes. An ill-fitting shoe really can cause problems with the feet, and an accurate measurement and a proper foot fitting can alleviate those kinds of issues. Also, when trying on shoes, a person should do so later in the day as that is the time that feet generally swell to their maximum size.

Shoe Shopping

Shopping for shoes can be a confusing process. With so many ladies shoes available through local retail shoe stores, boutiques, department stores, discount stores, online stores, and specific designer outlets, there is no end to the selection. The one difficulty with on line shoe stores is the actual trying on of shoes, so without knowing how sizing works with various brands, there are going to be returns and difficulties finding the right size. When a shopper is unable to try on shoes, problems arise, so it is best to read reviews of shoes that appear on line before making a purchase. With so much missizing going on with ladies shoes, it is usually better to purchase shoes through a local store.

Shoe Styles

Whether you want to make your legs look longer with skyscraper high heels, shorter chunky heels, cage-style top heels, or wedges in neon colors, there are a hundreds of styles to meet almost any taste. Faux leather booties in the latest nude colors and flats, thong, and gladiator sandals are part of the current rage in styles as well. More standard athletic and sporty looking sneakers in bright colors are in vogue and they are more popular than ever when paired with short shorts, a mini or midi. Slip on retro sneakers and espadrilles are also back on the shoe racks for more casual wear.

Ladies shoes will always be first and foremost in the minds of fashion-minded women and with just a little bit of shopping savvy, the right shoes in the right styles and sizes, with comfort in mind, can be found in stores and online. Shoe shopping for some can be a full time activity, so let the shoe games begin.