Everything You Need To Know About Sandals
We all remember the scene from Cinderella where she rushes back to her beautiful carriage as the clock strikes midnight, losing her glass slipper on the staircase for her Prince Charming to discover.
Now, there are a few holes in this story. If the slipper was such a “perfect” fit, (you would recall that no one in all the land could fit into that shoe except for Cinderella herself) then how and why did it slip off her foot? And secondly, is life really all about high heels? Surely our own Cinderella and Prince Charming moments don’t have to happen in heels. Right?
Whether for fashion, or function, sandals are the right choice when the weather starts to warm up, so at the turn of the spring season, it would be much more plausible to find a princess running about in sandals. The catwalk was full of them, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know to keep you in the loop with this look.
The Right Sandals For Your Lifestyle
There are many different types of outdoor activities that we can find ourselves doing this season and if sandals are our preferred shoe, then we need to learn about matching the correct sandal with the activity we are doing. Some sandals are designed purely for fashion, rather than for hiking. Who has time for a broken ankle? No thank you!
These have rugged outsoles, stiff midsoles, sturdy toe boxes, and straps that cinch all around the foot thereby protecting feet and giving stability on trails and rocks or through water. Closed toe boxes prevent stubbed toes and protect toes from obstacles and debris; great for navigating old city streets or light hiking.
This is a lightweight sandal with a rubber sole that’s a mix between a flip flop and a hiking sandal. The narrow webbing splits the big toe and wraps around the heel for support and stability. These are great for walking. These sandals are simple without the top and midsoles making huaraches the closest option to going barefoot. People have used these sandals to run 100-mile endurance races!
These are generally lightweight and water resistant and protect feet during activities such as rafting, fording rivers and streams, and walking along the beach. Very often, these shoes are designed with closed toe boxes to prevent you from stubbing your toe against any rocks that you may encounter along a river or during some sort of hiking.
Few offer any real protection or support, but are ideal for dressy summer occasions such as weddings and luncheons. Gladiator sandals are an example of fashion sandals, and sandals with straps were all over the catwalk for Spring. Low gladiator sandals work well with jeans or longer skirts, while higher gladiator sandals go best with shorter dresses and shorts. Be aware of your body shape however, because unfortunately, gladiator sandals are not for everyone. They can give the appearance of a wide foot and shortened leg.
Wedge sandals add height to your appearance and can make thick or “heavy” ankles appear slimmer than they are.
Let’s be real, everybody need to own a pair of flip flops. There are some situations where nothing else will do. The simple rubber sole with a thin V-shaped strap that fits between the toes does unfortunately provide little support and is therefore best for short excursions to the beach or pool – or even around the house. These sandals are also super lightweight, and you could easily slip ten pairs into your vacation luggage without affecting your weight allowance one bit….. Not that we are suggesting you should.
Slip on Sandals
The slip on sandal is pretty similar to the flip flop. Once again they offer little in the way of foot support, but they are great for casual use and come in all kinds of designs.
The Cinderella Fit
Choosing a sandal that fits well is essential if you don’t want to end up with blisters, aching feet or soreness. If you select a shoe that is too big for you, the constant slipping and rubbing of your foot against the sandal will cause some serious blisters.
When selecting sandals, ensure that your foot is smaller than the sole of the sandal and that you do not hang over the front, sides or back of the shoe. The toe box should accommodate for the widest part of the foot and straps should not pinch in any way whatsoever.
Go For Quality
Leather and suede are two high-quality materials that you should look out for when choosing a pair of sandals. These materials allow for the foot to breath. The foot-bed should consist of absorbent, breathable fabric to reducing sweating. Placement and design of sandal straps is another aspect to consider in terms of quality. Poorly placed straps will cause blisters and some bad occasions (over time), corns. Always make sure that there is no rubbing of straps on the top of the foot or between the toes.
Support Your Arch
Correct support for the arch of your foot ensures that you will not suffer from muscle fatigue or cramps. Correct support is found in a spongy midsole cushion. Cushioning is important not only for your arch, but for your entire foot. Pay attention to the heel and ball of your foot to ensure that it is cushioned well. Look for high-quality dense foam in offering the best comfort.
Always test your sandal for flexibility. Place your hand inside the sandal and place on top of a firm surface. Use your other hand to pull the toe of the shoe up. The toe should lift easily while the arch should remain stiff and un-flexed. If the shoe twists and bends easily, this shows that the shoe will not offer adequate support to your foot.
Next time you are planning on purchasing some sandals, put some extra time and thought into the type of sandal you are looking for, along with the tips you’ve learnt here to select a shoe that will keep your feet healthy and comfortable, while you go about your business of looking fabulous!