Earlier this month Refinery29 whet our appetites with its Summer Sandals feature. After scrolling down and taking note of everything I had to own, I then glanced down at my feet. Hidden underneath Wolford black tights for almost the entirety of winter I knew that I was in no shape to show my feet to the world.
In order to get my toes sandal ready I enlisted Dr. Oliver Zong and Dr. Dina Tsentserensky, both podiatrists at NYC Foot Care, for expert tips and advice on how to get my piggies in shape.
SpaWeek: What should we do about uncomfortable sandals? Do we have to get rid of them?
Dr. Zong: Excessive walking in ill-fitting shoes can turn a minor foot problem into a larger one. To care for your feet properly, follow these tips:
• Don’t ignore foot pain – minor pain can have serious long-term consequences if not treated.
• Make sure to choose shoes that are the right size and fit properly.
• Shoes that are squared off are better than shoes that are pointy. But if you still insist on wearing your strappy Manolo’s wear them in moderation and definitely not for walking long distances.
SW: Do you have any tips for treating and preventing blisters?
Zong: Painful, fluid-filled blisters are the result of excessive friction between shoes and feet. To prevent blisters follow these tips:
• Over-the-counter moleskin or blister pads are helpful, consider New-Skin® or Nexcare. These products form a protective layer to prevent friction.
• Don’t pop blisters. The blister and the fluid inside act as natural, sterile dressings for the wound. Apply a protective strip to protect the wound.
SW: Many women take their flat leather sandals to shoe repairmen to add rubber bottoms? Is this important or necessary?
Tsentserensky: A shoe with a rubber bottom will have better shock absorption and any shoe with a leather sole, even a one with a heel, can have a rubber pad added to the bottom. However, having said that people with flat feet should avoid any flat shoes in general.
Here are a few more tips:
• Don’t walk long distances in high-heels or flip-flops.
• Don’t wear shoes that improperly fit. Since feet swell during a walk, there should be adequate room in the toe box to accommodate.
• Don’t wear the same shoes every day; since shoes need approximately 24 hours to completely dry out from the last time they were worn.