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Dr. Ira M. Deming


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121 Congressional Lane, Suite 312
Rockville, MD 20852

Comfortable Shoes for Date Night

February is the month of romance and when love is in the air, nights of wining and dining are high on the list. Whether date night consists of long walks on the beach or spending hours on the dance floor, it’s important to put your feet first. It’s not just the ladies who prefer style over comfort; men are guilty of doing the same. This is why we did some research on how to choose the shoes your feet will thank you for.

Best Dress Shoes for Men

Gentlemen, if you want to impress the ladies but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, there are three essential features you should look for when buying a high-quality dress shoe:

  • Real leather; including the soles. If you buy quality leather shoes, it is possible for them to be refurbished time and time again. This will save you money on a new pair in the long run.
  • The soles of well-made shoes should be stitched, not glued, to the bottom of the shoes.
  • The lining in high-quality shoes should be made of calfskin or natural leather, not synthetic materials.

When shopping, keep in mind that almost everyone has one foot that is larger than the other. Always try both shoes on, walk around in them, and buy them for how they feel on your feet, not just by the size. Additionally, allow a half-inch between the tips of your toes and your shoes. Shoes should never be tight over the ball of the foot.

Best Dress Shoes for Women

Ladies, you don’t need to whip out the running shoes when going to the steakhouse, but it’s important to consider these factors when slipping on new shoes for the night:

  • Size – Improperly fitted shoes are the source of many problems, therefore, you should have room to wiggle your toes. If you don’t have at least a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe – approximately the width of your finger – try a larger size.
  • Support – Find shoes that are constructed right, with strategic supports built into the front platform, midfoot, and heel.
  • Cushion – Shoe cushions reduce impact when your foot strikes the ground; they also support your foot and arch. If you choose to go the high-heel route or already own shoes with worn-out cushions, removable insoles can be laundered or taken out between wear.

Reasons to Avoid High Heels

Women will argue that pain is beauty, but there is a reason why high heels should only be worn once in a while. Structurally, the plantar fascia in the foot is connected to the calf muscle, which in turn connects to the hamstring. The hamstrings attach to the pelvis and low back, which is why wearing high heels can cause the back to ache along with your feet. Instead of suffering in style, make wise decisions when it comes to strapping on the stilettos. When shopping, look for a platform sole or a thick heel to decrease the angle between the heel and the ball of the foot. This will allow the weight of your body to evenly distribute itself across the entire foot and reduce back and foot pain. Additionally, you should avoid narrow toe boxes and guarantee that the shoe fits comfortably and firmly in place before purchasing a new pair. If your foot is loose, friction will occur and may lead to blisters. 

Rockville Podiatrist Dr Ira M. Deming is a poidiatry office providing Newsletter, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Rockville, MD. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 20852 area and surrounding areas in Rockville