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How To "Read" Your Shoes?

Bringing in old shoes when you're buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. The salesperson can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:

WEAR ON THE BALL OF THE FOOT:

Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.

WEAR ON THE INNER SOLE:

You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.

TOE SHAPED RIDGES ON THE UPPER:

Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

OUTER SOLE WEAR:

You turn out. Orthotics may help.

A BULGE AND WEAR TO THE SIDE OF THE BIG TOE:

A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

WEAR ON THE UPPER, ABOVE THE TOES:

The front of your shoe is too low.