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How to choose the right shoes when you have bunions.

What is a Bunion? 

A bony bump that is caused by the base joint of the big toe developing sideways. This pushes the bones of the big toe towards the smaller toes.

How to choose the right shoes when you have bunions. 

1. Stretchy Material

Buy shoes that are made from a stretchy material, such as leather or canvas, so that there is some room for your bunions.  

Avoid tight or narrow toed shoes - this can be especially painful because they squeeze against the bunion.

2. Memory Foam

Choose shoes that allow a wider fit, so that there is some room for your bunions and your toes to move.

Wearing tight or badly fitted shoes put extra pressure on the joint of the big toe. If you are in between sizes, always go for one size up.

Thick, comfy and impact-resistant shoes are key! It should have the ability to minimize pressure and cushion your bunion from impact. 

Most of our shoes at CW are made with memory (EVA) foam, including the leather sandals and sliders.

3. Wear flats and avoid heels

Steep high heels often have cramped and narrow cuttings. The angle of the heel also places your body weight onto the balls of your feet. This puts a lot of stress on the bunions.

If you need the added height, opt for platform shoes or wedges, the gradual slope spreads your weight across the whole foot. Avoid any heels than are higher than 2 inches.

4. Light Shoes

Light shoes can put less pressure and weight on your bunions, so that you can wear them for longer periods of time without getting uncomfortable.

Our sandals and sliders are less than 250 grams, mules and loafers weighing less than 350 grams.

5. Breathable Material

Breathable material is key, allowing your skin to breathe and stop moisture from building in your shoes that could irritate your skin and bunions.

6. Wide cut shoes

Choose shoes that allow a wider fit, so that there is some room for your bunions and your toes to move.

Wearing tight or badly fitted shoes put extra pressure on the joint of the big toe. If you are in between sizes, always go for one size up.

*If your bunion is really bad, Ask your doctor or podiatrist about special shoes for people with bunions

 


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