5 Ways to Wear Sandals Comfortably

These sandals are all kinds of cute, but going backless leads to foot painAlthough the official sandal season is drawing to a close, unofficially, it’s always sandal season in Houston! Given that fact, I thought I’d share with you my top five, Houston podiatrist-approved (and modified from Bustle), tips for making sandal wearing a bit easier on your feet.

  1. More is More: Backless sandals may be cute and make for fewer tan lines, but when it comes to shoes, more material means more support, not to mention less foot pain. When you walk in shoes without backings, your toes grip down and your heels slide back and forth, causing damage to your skin and possibly leading to the buildup of calluses.  As a rule of thumb, if you’re spending more than an hour or two in a pair of sandals, make sure they have a back end to prevent rubbing.
  2. Make SURE the shoe fits: When you find the last pair of designer sandals on sale, and they’re just a touch too big, the temptation is to buy them anyways, since the looser-style shoe lends itself to a broader sizing interpretation. DON’T give in to temptation! Wearing sandals that are even half a size too large can lead to blisters and, over time, foot pain caused by the extra gripping you need to do to keep your shoes in place while you walk.
  3. Go for a stretch: As anyone who’s lived through our insanely-hot summers can attest, feet swell in warm weather. If you choose a pair of sandals with some give in them (for example, elastic straps) the shoes are less likely to cut into your feet and cause discomfort as your feet expand throughout the day.
  4. Get creative: Do you have a pair of sandals that gives you blisters every time you wear them? Here’s a little trick that just might help. Figure out what spot on the shoes is rubbing or cutting into your skin, then place some padded adhesive strips on that area or, if you don’t have any, try rubbing some of your antiperspirant on the spot.
  5. Plan ahead: Don’t set your sandals up to fail. You wouldn’t wear sneakers to a wedding (most likely) so why would you put on a pair of flip-flops for an all day hike? If you know you’re going to be on your feet all day, choose a super-supportive shoe and leave the more decorative (but flimsier) sandals for a less active time. 
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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