Shoes, Sneakers, & Support
Look for arch support and cushioned soles. If the shoe has a solid wooden sole- it will damage your body. Look for a sole made from a material that absorbs the shock of hard surfaces like tile, wood, pavement, and cement. The length of the feet varies from sitting to standing. Pressure onto the arch upon standing changes the length of the foot, especially with aging. Therefore, shoe salespersons who know to take a sitting and standing measurement will more acurately recommend a proper shoe size.
Needless to say, high heeled shoes damage the spine and often injure the toes. The good news is that platforms with arch support can make a good substitute. Aptos Shoes and Apparel carries some nice brands that are orthopedically correct but also have a nice look. Naot, Clarks, Mephisto, Ecco, Born, Ariat … there are a few nice brands out there that provide support yet have a nice look. Some people have reported finding good shoes at the Sockshop in downtown Santa Cruz but Aptos Shoes and Apparel has a wider variety of ‘dressy’ shoes and they carry shoes for children.
Just across the parking lot for Aptos Shoes and Apparel is Fleet Feet. It is a very nice store for buying sneakers and running apparel. Running Revolution has also received good reviews from runners. Let me know your experiences with footwear stores!
Summer is here and sandals are back! Mephisto makes some nice sandals. Teva also makes some great sandals with arch support. Teva has nice, attractive sandals including flip-flops and thongs. They feature a wide selection on their website: teva.com .