Shoe Functions

Choosing the right shoe can prevent or alleviate foot pain; the wrong shoe can exacerbate or cause foot problems.

For maximum performance and comfort, the functional elements of today's highly specialized shoes must be correctly matched with a person’s foot type, body type and activity level. The various designs, materials and technologies used affect the function and fit of a given shoe. 

Consider the following shoe functions:

Cushion

Cushion is a term used to describe a specific type of athletic shoe. These shoes use soft material in the midsole and are intended for people with high arches that do not collapse.

Extra Depth

These shoes are more generous with space inside the shoe; they are deeper and provide additional room for orthotics or arch supports, as well as for bunions and other fitting challenges.

Lasts: Curved

Intended for people with high arches that do not collapse. Most shoes are constructed on a last; the shape of the last determines the shape of the shoe and the type of foot or function best suited to that shoe.

Lasts: Semi-curved

Intended for people with higher arches and little to no pronation. Most shoes are constructed on a last; the shape of the last determines the shape of the shoe and the type of foot or function best suited to that shoe.

Lasts: Semi-straight

Intended for flat feet or moderate to heavy pronators. Most shoes are constructed on a last; the shape of the last determines the shape of the shoe and the type of foot or function best suited to that shoe.

Lasts: Straight

Fits a wider, rectangle-shaped foot that is extremely flat, with a low or collapsed arch. Most shoes are constructed on a last; the shape of the last determines the shape of the shoe and the type of foot or function best suited to that shoe.

Maximum Motion Control

Maximum motion control is a term used to describe a specific type of athletic shoe. The midsoles of these shoes are made with a maximum amount of dense material along the medial side of the shoe (under the arch) to help support the foot. Shoes with maximum motion control are designed for the individual who has flat feet and/or is a heavy pronator.

Metatarsal Support

Many people require additional support in the forefoot, at the metatarsal arch, to alleviate pressure. Some shoes and many over-the-counter arch supports can provide this additional support.

Moderate Motion Control

Motion control is a term used to describe a specific type of athletic shoe. The midsoles of these shoes are made with denser material along the medial side of the shoe (under the arch) to help support the foot. Intended for flat feet or moderate to heavy pronators, depending on the size of the individual (height and weight) and intended activity.

Rocker Sole

Shoes with rocker soles are very stiff in the front of the shoe and often are even a little rounded, creating a rocking effect. This rocking effect helps alleviate foot pain due to conditions affecting the forefoot or ball of the foot, such as arthritis and neuromas. Rocker soles can also be used for walking or standing for long periods.

Stability and High Stability

Stability is a term used to describe a specific type of athletic shoe. These shoes are designed for a more curved foot with a higher arch and little to no pronation. Much of the weight is on the outside of the foot.

Structured Cushioning

Structured cushioning is a term used to describe a specific type of athletic shoe. These shoes have a cushioned base, with light support under the arch. They are intended for people with higher arches and little to no pronation.

Velcro: Athletic Shoes

For some people tying laces or buckling buckles is just too difficult, but a securely fitted shoe is critical for their safety and comfort. Velcro is the perfect solution.

Velcro: Casual Shoes

For some people tying laces or buckling buckles is just too difficult, but a securely fitted shoe is critical for their safety and comfort. Velcro is the perfect solution.

Velcro: Sandals

For some people tying laces or buckling buckles is just too difficult, but a securely fitted shoe is critical for their safety and comfort. Velcro is the perfect solution.

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