Learning from the past

Before you buy new shoes, it can be helpful to take a look at your old ones. This will help you assess your wear patterns so that your new shoes meet the demands you place on them. Here are a few things to look for.  


  • If your shoe bulges, or shows wear, on one side, then the fit may be too-narrow, or you have a bunion.
  • Is there excessive wear on the outside of the sole? if so, you turn your foot outwards when you walk/run. Thin about seeking advice on the use of orthotics.
  • If there are ridges on the upper, you your shoes are probably too small or you have hammertoes.
  • Excessive wear on the inner sole means you pronate (turn your foot inward). Orthotics may help.
  • Wear on the inside of the shoe above the toes means the front of your shoe is too low. This can lead to a variety of problems.