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How to tell if a shoe is worth buying?

Some the most common questions patients ask are:

  • How do I find a good shoe?
  • What do I look for when I'm looking for a shoe?

Many feet problem come from lack of support so having a good shoe is very critical.

Three things you want to look for in a good shoe: our twist, squeeze and bend.

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So here is the Three Point Test.

  1. TWIST
    • You want to twist that sole like you are ringing out a towel to see how much torsional rigidity there is.
  2. BEND
    • Flip the shoe over and bend the shoe and it's expected to only bend (slightly) where your toes bend. If it bends back in the mid part of the shoe then it's not going to give you adequate support.
  3. SQUEEZE
    • Squeeze the heel counter (back part of shoe that is next to the heel cord) of the shoe. It needs to be fairly stiff so it doesn't collapse.

Then the third thing is bend. What you want to do is you want to flip the shoe over and bend the shoe and it's expected to only bend where your toes bend.  If it bends back in the mid part of the shoe that it's not going to give you adequate support.

So those are the three points for proper shoe support: twist, squeeze and bend.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • South Carolina Orthopedic Association