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The perfect shoe: Myth or reality?

Finding the perfect shoes has become a popular subject these last few years. We have seen many fashions throughout the last years: the maximalist, the minimalist, the barefeet, the anti fatigue fashion, etc. In all, everything to confuse as to our choice of the best buy.

In podiatry, we are often asked the following question: "What are THE PERFECT pair of shoe that I should buy, the ideal shoe? " There is no simple answer. The ideal shoes for you  may not necessarily be the same for your neighbor, cousin and this is perfectly normal. 

The reason ? The mechanics of your body, your posture and the morphology of your feet are completely different from you to another person. Since the principal role of our shoes is to provide the best support for our feet, the ideal shoe can cary in relation to your type of foot and the  activity you wish to practice. 

For example, Mrs. X has a foot that has a high arch. If we recommend flat shoes for Mrs. X, she will probably develop tendonitis or lower back pain. Therefore, the perfect shoe for Mrs. X would be a shoe with a heel high that concords with the degree of deviation of her foot.

For someone with flat feet, the perfect shoe must include a certain degree of control for the flexibility of the foot in ordre to avoid excessive pronation and offer good support. 

For someone with cavus feet, the most important criteria would be an absorbant outsole in the heel area, for the simple reason that cavus feet do not absorb shock on contact.

Therefore, there is no perfect shoe that can accommodate everyone. 

If you wish to determine your type of feet and the shoes that would be perfect for you, a visit with your podiatrist could be helpful and at the same time minimise the cost of shoes that are not adapted to your condition.