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Work those shoes!

Published:Monday | December 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Krista Anderson, Gleaner Writer

As women, a high standard ought to be maintained as it relates to professionalism. A major factor in completing a professional outfit a smart-looking pair of shoes. Some women aim for tradition, wearing what is comfortable, while others seek to keep up with the trend and wear what is en vogue. How does one go about shopping for the right pair(s) of shoes for work? The Flair spoke with podiatrists Eva Reid and Joan Bogle.

Reid expressed that even though the practice is not a popular phenomenon, women should get their feet fitted before buying shoes, in order to establish their set size. Both podiatrists maintained that when purchasing shoes, a woman should shop in the late afternoon, when the blood has fully circulated and the feet are at their largest. Reid declared that if women generally wear socks, then they should try the shoes with socks, because this will affect the fit if this process is not carried out. They both advised that because one foot is generally larger than the other, both left and right shoe should be tried on before leaving the store. They pointed out, too, that ideally, the heel for work shoes not exceed two inches. Evening heels can always be higher, as long as the toes are not pinched, but aligned flat in the shoe, advised the experts. Both acknowledged if shoes are worn too often, the feet will develop corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails and bunions.

When asked whether leather shoes are most suitable for work, Bogle responded: "Leather makes you look classy, more expensive, and it also helps your feet to breathe. It makes the feet less sweaty and prevents the feet from being distorted. The material is more durable, firm yet gentle, and the shoes will keep its appearance and shape longer."

According to her, non-leather or synthetic shoes, in contrast, appear less expensive; they cause perspiration, which may result in fungus and other diseases. The material tends to stretch, altering the shape of the feet, the shoes are consequently short-lived.

She stressed that as a shoe lover, heels should be worn in moderation. She also declared that women need to employ the swaying of the hips when walking in heels. If worn incorrectly, this can negatively affect a woman's ankle, calves, knees and back, and posture.

Platforms, she explained, are great for going out but must not be worn all the time. Walking in platforms is like walking on stilts, so if a woman shifts her weight she can trip and possibly sprain her ankle or break her foot. While fashionable, pointed-toe shoes should also not be worn all the time, because they are too narrow in design and do not give the toes space to move around effectively. The toes end up gripping the front of the shoes for stability, and this result in hammer toes developing. She also remarked that walking in heels is a tiring process and can bring fatigue, fatigue can then make the feet give way. Years of wearing high-heeled shoes will wear and tear the feet, if not executed efficiently. Reid's advised that women should alternate shoes, and give them time to dry out, in order to prevent getting foot-related diseases.