When it comes to my purchases I need to make sure it is worth every penny, because spending money on poor quality items is a major let down. So, today, we wanted to provide you with some solid tips for buying quality shoes.
Tip 1- Wear your TRUE shoe size
If you are an 8 ½ wear an 8 ½ not an 8. Don’t focus on the number think about how you would look after a couple of hours in that too small shoe. Your face would be a lot happier if your feet were. Get your size! Plus you won’t have to stretch them out which extends the life of your shoe also.
Tip 2 – Look at how the sole is attached to the shoe.
If the sole is stitched on, make sure the stitches are even and look secure. If it’s glued on, check to make sure that there is no space around the edges where the sole could start to peel off. You want a sole that’s seamless and isn’t going anywhere.
More expensive shoes are usually sewn to the sole, hand stitching or more likely machine stitching is more time consuming.
Tip 3 -Pay attention to the lining.
In high-quality shoes, the insole lining is usually made of leather, not a synthetic material, and goes all the way around the inside of the shoe. If the shoe only has lining on the bottom but not the sides (that’s where people get confused on stretching their shoes, if it doesn’t have a full leather insole it’s not going anywhere)
Tip 4- Material matters.
Leather is the most popular material for high heels. Make sure that you buy shoes that aren’t made out of synthetic fibers like nylon or plastic. These will be extremely uncomfortable after a few wears, and won’t last nearly as long.
Also, with non-leather shoes, they don’t allow your feet to breathe so you will more likely slip out of your shoes because of the moisture wrapped inside the shoe.
Something else to note:
Manufacturers put a stiffening agent in the heel area, or the counter of the shoe, so it retains its shape. The stiff nature of the counter makes it a prime spot for friction and blisters. If you have leather shoes, they will be more pliable and allow your feet to move with the shoe instead of a plastic shoe that doesn’t move with the foot. It forces it to stay in place.
Tip 5- A quality high heel will be securely attached.
Look to see if it is reinforced with double stitching and the stitching will not be visible to the naked eye. Make sure your shoes are tight. Take a good look at the sole before you take it to the cashier. All the embellishments need to be as secure on the shoe also. If you see stitching, make sure it is quality all around the shoe. Otherwise the adornment will fall off and then your sole will separate.
Tip 6- High quality high heel shoes generally have leather heels and will have a rubber or nylon top piece located at the very bottom of the heel.
A leather heel aids in the overall structural design of the shoe and will make you feel secure when walking in them. Unlike high quality heels, a cheap heel will be made of plastic. When you walk in the plastic heels they will feel unstable. If you do spot a shoe that has a plastic heel avoid it at all costs. The $40 heel is so cute and affordable, but when you get the corns or your heel breaks on you, you’ll wish you got the better shoe.
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