Wednesday, December 22, 2004

APMA - Boot Buying 101 - APMA Offers Winter Shoe Buying Tips

When it comes to boot buying, this season there are all types of styles from pointy, round and square toes to stiletto, kitten and stacked heels.

But, selecting the best fitting boot to suit your foot may require some shopping leg-work. “Your boots only have to last a season,”says American Podiatric Medical Association podiatrist Marlene Reid. “Your feet have to last a lifetime.”

For this reason, the APMA recommends heeding the following boot bullets before bolting out to buy a new pair based solely on fashion.

· Look for a boot that provides stability. A wider heel, less than two inches in height is best.

· Make sure the shape of the boot is wide enough for a comfortable fit on your feet. Some boot designs can be too narrow and can cause blisters and bunions.

· Try on the boots with hosiery or socks based on how you’ll wear them. This will ensure the proper fit.

· Pick a boot with a firm heel counter. Just because the boot fabric covers your ankle, doesn’t mean it provides adequate support.

· Select a boot with a rubber sole and traction on the bottom to curtail slipping. Remember, most fashion boots are not made for the snow.

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