The Shoe’s Structure
There are features of the shoe to check for when trying on new shoes. These include:
The ‘Last’ shape:
A ‘last’ is the form onto which the shoe is built. It can be made from wood, metal or plastic and dictates the overall shape of the shoe. There are three main types of last -straight, standard or curved. The shape of the last should be matched with the shape of your foot. For example, curved lasts are best for feet that roll outwards.
The density of your midsole should be selected based on the type of foot or activity you plan to do.
Some torsion is required to allow your foot to move
The shoe should flex at the ball of the foot, allowing you to move your foot without impact the big toe joint.
Once fitted and standing, there should be a thumb’s width between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
Your shoe should be firmly tied to ensure support and to prevent foot fatigue.