What Can Wearing the Wrong Shoes Cause? 


Shoes aren’t just about style – they’re important for keeping our feet healthy and happy. However, did you know that wearing the wrong shoes can cause big problems for your feet?

Let’s dive into what can happen and how you can find the right shoes.

Signs You’re Wearing the Wrong Shoes

  • Pain and Discomfort: If your feet hurt when you walk or stand, your shoes might be to blame. Pain from an ill-fitting pair of shoes could feel sharp or dull, and it might hurt in your heels, arches, toes, or ankles.
  • Blisters and Calluses: Tight shoes, or ones that rub against your feet, can give you blisters or calluses. These aren’t just uncomfortable – they can get infected if you don’t take care of them.
  • Tired Feet: Shoes without good support or cushioning can make your feet feel tired, especially if you’re on them a lot. Your feet might ache, your ankles might swell, and you might just feel worn out.
  • Uneven Wear on Your Shoes: Check out the bottoms of your shoes. If they’re wearing out unevenly – for example, more on one side than the other – it could mean they’re not supporting your feet properly, which can affect how you walk.
  • Balance Trouble: Shoes that don’t fit right can disturb your balance and make it hard to walk or do activities safely.

Conditions Incorrect Shoes Can Cause

  • Plantar Fasciitis: If your shoes don’t support your arches or give enough cushioning, you might get plantar fasciitis – this occurs when the bottom of your foot gets inflamed and hurts.
  • Pesky Bunions: Shoes that squish your toes, especially in a narrow space, can make bunions worse, or even create them. These bony bumps grow at the base of your big toe, and can cause a significant amount of pain.
  • Ingrown Toenails: Tight shoes, or ones that don’t let your toes wiggle, can lead to ingrown toenails – toenails that grow into your skin and cause pain.
  • Achilles Tendonitis: Shoes without good heel support or with high heels can strain your Achilles tendon, making it hurt and swell up.
  • Ball-of-Foot Blues (Metatarsalgia): If your shoes don’t have enough cushioning or support, you might get pain and swelling in the ball of your foot.

How to Find the Right Shoes

  • Get a Good Fit: Start by making sure your shoes fit right. Measure your feet in-store to make sure you find the perfect size.
  • Know Your Feet: Everyone’s feet are different, so think about what kind of feet you have – high arches, flat feet, or somewhere in between. Then, find shoes made to support your type of feet.
  • Pick Quality Shoes: Look for shoes made from quality materials that are built to last. Check for cushioned insoles, support for your arches, and tough soles that can handle lots of walking.
  • Test Them Out: Once you find a pair you like, give them a test run. Walk around the store and see how they feel – they should be comfy and supportive.
  • Replace Them When Needed: Even the best shoes wear out eventually, so keep an eye on them. Plan to get new ones every 300-500 miles or every 6-12 months if you wear them a lot.

All in all, wearing the wrong shoes can have a big impact on your foot health and overall well-being. From pain and discomfort to serious foot conditions, the consequences of ill-fitting footwear should not be ignored.

By paying attention to signs you’re wearing the wrong shoes, taking the time to find the right ones, and being aware of the potential conditions the wrong shoes can cause, you can help protect your feet and maintain their health for years to come.

For comfortable and supportive footwear that prioritizes both style and functionality, consider Walking on a Cloud. With a wide range of options designed to meet your individual needs, we can help you find the perfect pair of shoes for any occasion.

Visit Walking on a Cloud today to explore our selection of comfortable and supportive footwear. Your feet will thank you!

Is Your Closet Harboring a Gang of No-Good Footwear Thugs?

woac shoeLook down at your feet. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

If you’re wearing shoes, are they good shoes? And by “good” shoes, we mean good-to-your-feet shoes. Do they give you the kind of support your foot really needs? Do you know what kind of support that is for your unique feet?

Our feet carry our entire weight, and when we wear shoes that don’t offer them the support they need in the places they need it, we can end up with more than just a need for a foot rub at the end of the day. Not giving your feet the shoes that support them can cause you serious discomfort as well as health issues later on.
So, take a close look at your shoes once more. Just how much support are you getting down there?

De-feet Defective Footwear

Let’s begin with a brief overview of the most common criminals in the gang of bad shoes. The design of these shoe types leaves something—or much—to be desired in terms of proper support for your feet. Some of them are so disastrous to your feet that they barely deserve to be called shoes.

Let’s call this group the lack-of-support lackluster shoe crew:

  • Flip flops – What was once a style of footwear meant solely for the bath house, shower room, or beach has become everyday footwear. Their original purpose was to protect your feet from dirt, germs, wetness, and sharp objects on the ground or floor. That’s it. And for the short term that you are supposed to wear them, they do an excellent job. However, their design speaks to their original temporary-wear purpose. They have absolutely no arch support. Ankle support is completely missing, too. Protection from harm from above? That’s not there, either.
  • Flats – Ballet flats may have made Audrey Hepburn’s signature style, but they’ll only give you grief and foot problems. And it’s a good bet that even Audrey didn’t wear them all day, every day. Whether your preferred flat is Audrey’s ballet-style dress shoe or your flat-bottomed Keds tennis shoes, you’re not doing your arches or ankles any good. And if your flats are thin-soled, you could risk bruising the bottom of your feet, too.
  • Stilettos – Stiletto heels and other high-rise shoes are incredibly bad for your feet and ankles, and possibly even your knees. The human body was not meant to be balanced on the balls of the feet and the toes for hours on end. Nor was it made to have its weight supported by a tiny thin stick under the heel. Drop dead sexy heels can have your ankles, toes, and knees all dropping in pain by the end of the night.

So what makes them so bad, our lackluster crew? Like any street gang, they have several villainous traits in common:

  • Lack of arch support. The middle of your foot that doesn’t touch the floor is your arch. It’s not meant to touch the floor. But it is meant to help support some of the weight of your body. By not supporting it, your shoes are allowing your body’s weight to push it down toward the floor. This can cause pain, discomfort, and eventual deformation of your foot.
  • Lack of ankle support. Without good ankle support, you can easily twist or even sprain your ankles. While not a serious injury, ankle twists and sprains can be painful and keep you down for a day or two.
  • Cramped toe boxes. That neat, pointed toe on the front of your stiletto? That’s going to cost you some serious toe hurt. Narrow toes, especially on shoes that place your weight forward, can cause hammer toe, bunions, blisters, and other injuries and deformities of the toes.
  • Narrow heels/wide heels. Depending on the shape of your foot, a shoe that doesn’t fit properly in the heel can lead to blisters from pinching or rubbing, a lack of ankle support (if they allow the foot to slip or slide sideways in the shoe) and a thickening of the skin on the back of your heel and ankle.

Good Soles to the Rescue

You can stamp out the lackluster shoe crew and give your feet the love and support they need by ensuring that your shoes do their job. Properly supportive shoes have the following characteristics:

  • They fit well. Have your feet professionally measured so that you know the precise size and shape of shoe that will fit you best. You can find your shoe size, width, and heel width and know exactly the proper shoes to buy.
  • They have lower, wider heels. Pumps and pump-like heels have been around for centuries for a reason. So have men’s boots with low, broad heels. They distribute the weight of your body more evenly across your foot. They give your ankles and knees plenty of solid support. And they have nice round or square toes to give your tootsies plenty of room, too.
  • They have arch support. If your shoes don’t have enough arch support—and they may not, as everyone’s arch is different—invest in some good inserts that will cushion and support your arches properly. Gel inserts offer a great deal of comfort and cooling, while foam inserts often conform to your foot faster and feel more comfortable sooner than their gel-filled cousins. You can even invite lackluster flats back into your closet by introducing them to some comfy inserts.

You need not sacrifice fashion for function, or style for safety. Most “good” shoes come in a wide variety of styles and fashions to choose from. Just because you choose pumps over 7-inch heels doesn’t mean you can’t still look drop-dead sexy in your little black dress, after all. Just because your run-of-the-mill flip-flops are banned from your toes (except for their intended short-term purpose) doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt a new pedicure in a supportive pair summertime sandals.
Now give those feet a nice stretch and a little rub—they deserve it, and so do you.