It’s that time of year again: boot-buying season. There are all types and styles to choose from, but finding the best-fitting boots requires some shopping legwork.
While you’re deciding between a stiletto heel, kitten heel or stacked heel, think of where you will be wearing them and for how many hours each day. What might look great on the fashion runways may not be so practical when you’re running to and from your 9-to-5 office job.
“Your boots only have to last a season,” said Dr. Marlene Reid, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. “Your feet have to last a lifetime.”
Follow these tips from the APMA when you shop for your next pair of boots.
* Shop later in the day (your feet tend to swell during the day) and have your feet measured before you begin trying on boots.
* Try on the boots with the type of hosiery or socks you plan to wear with them.
* Look for boots that offer stability, preferably something with a wider heel. Heels that are less than 2 inches high are best. Skinny stilettos may look cute on the rack, but they put a lot of pressure on your feet.