Non-Slip Work Shoes for Narrow Feet

If you need a non-slip shoe for restaurant or housekeeping work and you have a narrow foot, your choices are very limited. Fortunately, Skechers makes a non-slip lace shoe for men that — even though sized medium — runs narrow. The style is called Rockland-Systemic and can be purchased from Zappos.com.

First and foremost, this shoe is great because it laces (as opposed to being a slip-on style), which is always better for the narrow foot. Also terrific is the fact that there are 6 sets of eyelets: the more eyelets there are, the better the shoe fit, especially for a narrow foot.

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Finally, there is no hourglass in the waist of the shoe, which provides support in the arch where needed most. This also makes for a stable foundation if orthotics are to be worn inside the shoe.

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Hiking Boots & Bunions

Hiking boots are designed to resist side-to-side motion. This is typically accomplished by using a stiff upper and reinforcing the shoe both laterally and medially. Although this is great for support, it can make the shoe feel like a vice grip for those hikers having bunions or needing extra forefoot width. If you have bunions, then you will want to make sure your shoe doesn’t have additional trim over the bony prominence.

Hiker with Tailor's Bunion with hiking boot trim removed over painful area.

Hiker with Tailor’s Bunion with hiking boot trim removed over painful area.

If it does, then removing the trim can mean the difference between comfort and pain. The following image is a hiker having a Tailor’s bunion. As the image above shows, it was easy to remove the trim, making the boot more forgiving in those otherwise tight areas.

You can also modify the lacing as the last tutorial in the following video shows.

Waist Not, Want Not

The mid-arch portion of a shoe is called a waist. In general, the waist of a shoe should hourglass only minimally. The following image shows a Puma shoe with a waist that is ridiculously narrow – even for an average width foot.

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If you excessively pronate, or have any conditions associated with excessive pronation (plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis), then wearing a shoe lacking support in the waist (midfoot) could prevent you from getting better.

Next time you find yourself shoe shopping, in addition to checking the price tag on the sole of the shoe, also check the width of the waist. Having a wide waist is good for shoes, bad for cardiovascular health.

Worn Out Shoes Are Just As Dangerous As Bald Tires

I am always amazed – but not surprised – when a patient comes in with foot pain that won’t go away due to worn out shoes. Yes, I know we all get busy. Yes, I know shoes can be expensive. However, let me point out that a typical visit to your doctor will probably cost a lot more than buying new shoes.

This patient experienced increasing posterior tibial (instep) pain for more than three months. She regularly does a considerable amount of city/pavement walking, and it never occurred to her that her worn out shoes were contributing to the problem.

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Side-by-side images of the worn shoe and a new shoe illustrate the severity of wear. Similar to tire treads, the outsole of a shoe is designed to prolong wear and protect the less durable midsole. Once the outsole is worn through, the midsole breaks down, changing the way the foot strikes the ground.

This image is of a patient who sought treatment for a painful callous on her forefoot.

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Evaluation of this patient’s shoes showed not only excessive forefoot and rearfoot outsole wear, but actual splitting of the forefoot outsole/midsole. This caused increased weight bearing across the forefoot, and pinpoint callous build up due to the lack of shock absorption and shoe protection in this area.

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If your shoes are worn, it’s important to replace them. If you’re not sure if your shoes are excessively worn, review my other posts on monitoring and evaluating shoe wear. This is too important to ignore.

https://drshoereviews.com/2011/10/23/how-to-tell-when-your-athletic-shoes-are-worn-out/

https://drshoereviews.com/2013/06/30/evaluating-athletic-shoes-for-wear/

Custom Converse Kicks

Roller Derby style setter, Admiral DeJenerate, just arrived with her new, custom designed Chuck Taylor’s. Check out the rainbow layered tongues.

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Customizable options include both blank canvas or graphic editions. How cool to have complete creative control over your kicks design. Added pluses include – affordable cost ($75) and a two to three week turnaround.

Visit Converse.com for all the details.

Shoe Review – Adidas Supernova Sequence 6 vs. 5

I am a fan of Adidas Supernova Sequence 5, and I’m an even bigger fan of Supernova Sequence 6.

Both versions have a lightweight upper with mesh over the top, and sides of forefoot to allow for expansion around bony prominences such as hammertoes and bunions.

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Version 6 is even more structured than version 5. This is accomplished by widening the medial support structure on the outsole, as well as minimizing the amount of hourglass in the waist.

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Sequence 6 also has increased pronation control. The medial midsole has enhanced rigidity to de-accelerate excessive pronation.

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All in all, Adidas Supernova Sequence is a great shoe. The only downside is that it’s only offered in medium width and runs narrow — so it won’t work for the wide foot.

Evaluating Athletic Shoes For Wear

It always surprises me when an injured athlete comes into the office with excessively worn running shoes and doesn’t know how old they are. Were the shoes purchased six months ago, a year ago? Has the athlete been wearing the shoes for more than a year?

Even though many factors contribute to wear, I always instruct my patients to write the purchase date of their shoes directly on the shoe insole underneath the sock liner to at least give them an awareness of shoe age and wear.

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I then tell them to check for signs of wear every month starting at month six using the following YouTube video I produced as a guide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=PL8FBD9F2021569064&v=ylgzgbzC9i4 .

Although excessive shoe wear can still occur, it is less likely to occur when using the above methods as opposed to simply replacing the shoes after an arbitrary 300 or 500 miles.