When you have foot problems, finding shoes other than sneakers that fit and that are also comfortable to walk in can be a laborious process. This is especially true for orthotic and AFO (leg brace) wearers
. When you do finally find a pair that works, that same pair of shoes can feel very different a few hours into wearing them due to swelling. One of the most universally common shoe challenges for many people is shoe slippage.
When it’s hard to keep your shoes on, or your foot tends to move around inside your shoe, it’s often because one or both shoes are too large, or your foot requires more depth than the shoe provides. If shoe depth is the issue, look for shoes that have removable insoles and take them out when your feet are swollen or as needed. For shoes that are too big, you can purchase shoe fillers
and heel grippers
to keep your feet from moving inside the shoes. Also, wearing grippy socks
or spraying hair spray (sounds ridiculous, but it works) on your feet before putting on your shoes can help prevent foot slippage.
Ideally, choose shoes that have adjustable ankle straps or elastic across the top. For flat ballet style shoes that tend to slip off the back of the foot, you can purchase decorative shoe straps
, or shoe harnesses
on Amazon. Or, you can always take your shoes to a local shoe repair shop to and ask them to permanently sew elastic strapping to the leather across the top of the shoe and/or around the ankle.
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