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5 Myths about Shoes and Foot Health Debunked

by Gizze LLC March 18, 2017

5 Myths about Shoes and Foot Health Debunked

When did we take comfort in the idea that our feet are innately problematic? We consider foot and back pain a given, and we blame them on age, weather, and our weak nature. The truth is we bring them upon ourselves, by choosing stylish designer shoes over healthy comfort shoes.

In fact, our overall image of shoes and foot health is blinded by myths that compromise our health and well-being. It is time to debunk those myths and recover the lost respect for our feet, and the true purpose of the shoes we wear.

5 Shoe-Related Myths and the Truths behind Them

1. Our feet are inherently misshapen, and we can only correct their problems with orthotic products or surgery.


The best proof that this is just a myth are children’s feet. Their toes are evenly spaced, their feet seem conceived for balance and support. The toes work together with the balls of their feet and their heels to provide the support their arch needs and hold their body weight.

Unless people tamper with their feet’s shape through footwear, this shape should be preserved throughout time, even in old age. This becomes obvious among people who walk barefoot or wear flip-flops. Unfortunately, many people choose footwear with rigid soles and tapered toe boxes, which inevitably affect their foot shape.

Ill-fitting shoes are the ones that cause most foot, ankle, knee, muscle, and joint problems. In most cases, foot problems disappear by themselves when the sufferer starts wearing flat comfort shoes that allow their feet to return to their natural shape.

2. Athletic shoes are the most comfortable shoes, as they keep the forefoot and heel on the same level, support the arch, and absorb impact.

In theory, this should be true. In practice, athletic shoes designed for the general public follow the trend of usual shoes: looks over comfort. If you take a closer look at them, you will see their heels are slightly higher than their extended forefoot, which is often narrow enough to keep the toes tight together.

Contrary to what you may want to believe, your feet function best barefoot, when the heels and the forefoot are at the same level, and the toes have enough space to extend, spread, and flex. Therefore, to keep them healthy and comfortable, you should look for shoes that allow your feet to feel as close to barefoot as possible.

3. Foot problems are a natural part of our aging process.

Foot problems have become so common in both men and women that we have begun accept them as a sign of aging. It is true that they appear when we exceed a certain age, but not because they are part of the aging process. After years of putting up with rigid, uncomfortable footwear that affects their natural shape and obstructs blood flow, our feet, our bones and muscles give in to the pressure. For example, people who live in the country and walk mostly barefoot or in slip-ons do not experience such problems.

4. High arches and flat feet are problematic and require footwear that provides arch support.

Believe it or not, the height of your foot arch is not a problem. The way the arch is balanced by the rest of the foot, and the support the overall foot offers is more important. As long as you can walk freely, without confining your feet to narrow, rigid shoes, or needing orthotics or arch support insoles, you have no need for orthotics or “arch support” insoles.

5. Once foot problems appear, the only way to correct them is through surgery.

Most problems, from corns and bunions to osteoarthritis, can be corrected by simply allowing the feet to return to their natural shape. This can be done by wearing natural shoes, with flexible flat soles and soft uppers. Perhaps the problems won’t disappear completely, but their symptoms will surely be relieved.

Goodbye Myths, Long Live Comfort Shoes

We got used to living unhealthy lives, hoping that no harm will come from it, and tormenting our bodies hoping they will adjust and put up with it. It is easy and much more comfortable to avoid foot problems. All you need is a pair of comfortable leather shoes, with a flexible sole and a soft, large upper. The best part is that you don’t even have to sacrifice looks, as there are so many models of stylish slip-on shoes that it would be impossible not to find something to your liking.

Long gone are the days when comfort shoes were boyish and unfashionable. Check out our collections if you don’t believe it! Classic, laced, or ribbed, elegant or sporty, we have comfortable and affordable slip-ons for everyone.





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GETTING THE RIGHT FIT

You’ve found your unique and stylish Gizze Handmade shoes, now it’s time to find the right fit. Gizze Handmade makes it easy! With half-sizes available in U.S. sizes, you can expect happier feet in these comfortable shoes. What’s even better? With a medium width (B-size) for women and a medium width (D-size) for men, you can be confident that you are getting a great fit.  

It’s best to order half size smaller than you normally wear in a casual footwear as shown in the size chart. For most, the fit will be slightly snug at first and could take about a few weeks to fully break in.