Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on how to determine if your women’s shoes provide the correct amount of support.
Have you been experiencing foot or leg pain and are wondering whether your shoes provide the correct amount of support? Have you tried different shoes but the pain persists? Let me show you how to determine if your women’s shoes provide the correct amount of support. You can do this by following 3 simple steps.
How to Determine If Your Women’s Shoes Provide the Correct Amount of Support
✅ First Step: Press on the heel counter of your shoes (back part of the shoe) and check whether it feels firm or soft. The heel counter of the shoe should always feel firm and sturdy. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
✅ Second Step: Make sure that the shoes provide substantial outsoles instead of thinner ones. This is the part of the shoe that provides shock absorption and will help attenuate the impact that your feet take when they come in contact with the ground. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
✅ Third Step: Check whether your shoes provide the correct amount of flexibility. Your shoes should bend at the ball of the foot but no further. If the shoes flex like a spiral that’s a sign that the shoes might not provide the correct amount of support. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
My Experience Helping Women with Foot Pain
I am going to show you a selection of supportive shoes for women but I want you to know that wearing the wrong shoe size is one of the most common reasons why women experience foot or leg pain.
Do You Know Your Exact Foot Length and Shape?
Your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss. Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
As we age, the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back. This means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes.
This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more. You might also experience a change in foot width, meaning that even though you always ordered medium width shoes now you might have to start ordering wider shoes.
Don’t insist on getting your shoes in a specific size simply because that has been the size that they always wore. I usually have to insist to them that they need to at least try the shoes in a different size to see how they feel.
How to Order the Correct Shoe Size Online?
Buying shoes online can be a challenge. If you are unsure of your current foot shape or foot length, I suggest that you take a look at a free resource I created where I help women determine their exact foot shape from home:
The shoes below are available in different widths such as narrow (N), medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), so make sure that you order your foot width accordingly. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
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What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
Are There Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a different pair of shoes to help treat and prevent your foot and leg pain. Sneakers are always more effective than seasonal or dress shoes when it comes to treating heel pain. However, I will be happy to recommend a different pair of shoes for your feet: