About Shoes

Al Khamis Shoes in oman is pleased to help iour customers with more information about shoes and about feet. Feet come in all sizes, yet although shoes differ in type and style, how many of us wear the best shoes for our feet?

The 26 bones in each foot do not fully set until we are around 18 years old, and the shoes we wear as children are vital to our future foot health. However, we can still do enormous damage to our adult feet by wearing the wrong shoes.

Choosing the best shoes

Badly fitting footwear can be very damaging to feet. In fact, many adults’ foot problems occur because they wear poorly fitting shoes throughout their life. To help prevent damage to your feet, try applying the following rules when you buy shoes. Similar rules will help for buying children’s shoes or shoes for specialist conditions such as diabetes. Read More…

Choosing Shoes

Al Khamis Shoes in oman is pleased to help our customers with more information about shoes and about feet. Feet come in all sizes, yet although shoes differ in type and style, how many of us wear the best shoes for our feet?

The 26 bones in each foot do not fully set until we are around 18 years old, and the shoes we wear as children are vital to our future foot health. However, we can still do enormous damage to our adult feet by wearing the wrong shoes.

Choosing the best shoes

Badly fitting footwear can be very damaging to feet. In fact, many adults’ foot problems occur because they wear poorly fitting shoes throughout their life. To help prevent damage to your feet, try applying the following rules when you buy shoes. Similar rules will help for buying children’s shoes or shoes for specialist conditions such as diabetes.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?

HEEL: This takes a large proportion of a person’s weight. Unfortunately, the height of the heel is often determined by fashion, not by the needs of our feet. Ideally, the heel should have a broad base and the heel height should be no greater than 4cm.

HEEL COUNTER: The portion of the shoe that grasps the heel of the foot at the sides and back, preventing the heel from sliding up and down while walking. Most importantly, it stabilises or helps maintain the position of the heel when the shoe contacts the ground. As the heel counter softens or breaks down and loses its shape, the shoe becomes less supportive. Not all shoes have a heel counter. The heel counter should complement the shape of the heel of the foot.

SOLE: The entire bottom of the shoe. It should be flat, except for a gentle slope upwards under the toes.

UPPER: The material that forms the main part of the shoe covering the top of the foot. Ideally, it is composed of a natural material, e.g. leather.

LINING: Found inside the shoe and should be smooth and without seams.

FASTENINGS: This holds the foot in the shoe. Shoes should have laces, straps with buckles, or velcro to keep them in place. ‘Slip on’ shoes are kept in place either because they are too small for the foot, or by curling the toes.

SIMPLE METHODS OF FITTING SHOES

Determine your foot length from the tip of your longest toe. In many people, this is the 2nd toe, not the big toe! The correct length of a shoe can be determined by standing barefoot on a piece of thin cardboard and marking the place reached by the longest toe. When the cardboard is cut into a thin strip and inserted into a shoe, there should be 1cm between the end of the cardboard and the heel of the shoe. The width of the foot should correspond with the widest part of the foot while standing. Your shoe width size should match your foot width.

CHILDREN’S SHOES

Al Khamis Shoes provides its customer with useful tips on shoe fit to children; the shape of the shoe should fit the natural shape of the foot. Your child may be unable to explain that his/her shoes are too tight.

Carefully examine your child’s bare feet for any redness or areas of irritation. If problems are found, check the fit of the child’s footwear. It is possible that the problem may not be associated with footwear, in which case, contact your local registered chiropodist/podiatrist.

A change in the shape of the shoe can help to solve the problem of a child who walks with toes pointing inwards, or outwards. Your chiropodist/podiatrist can advise you whether the shape of the shoes should be changed or special insoles (orthotics) used.

Al Khamis Shoes recommends you to check out more tips on buying shoes…

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How you should take care of your shoes

Shoe Care Tips
To best protect your shoes and help them looking good longer Al Khamis Shoes recommend the following.

Waterproofing and Stainproofing
A protective spray is an excellent way to protect your shoes from water, snow, mud, and spills. The best way to protect your shoes is to wipe the leather with a damp cloth, following the instructions on the protector spray. Spray your shoes before wearing, and on a regular basis thereafter.

Wear and Tear Prevention
If you plan to use your shoes frequently, you may want to consider a trip to the shoe repair shop. It’s a smart idea to have shoe taps and possibly rubber soles put on new shoes as a way to postpone the gradual wearing out process that comes with normal use. Think of your shoes as tire on a car, the tread will wear after many miles and may need replacing…

Maintanance

Finally, we highly recommend cleaning your shoes on a regular basis, depending on frequency of use. The cleaning method depends on the shoe’s material.
Leather can be polished and conditioned with a leather lotion applied with a soft cloth.
Suede looks best when brushed; although special suede brushes are available, a clean toothbrush works just as well. Fabric should be sprayed with a stain guard.

In addition, shoes– particularly those made of soft nappa leather– benefit greatly from shoe trees, or shoe keepers. These are wooden instruments which are inserted in the shoe, and they help to retain the shape and mold of the shoe. Shoe Trees can help to prolong the life of a shoe by 4 or 5 years.