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Footwear, glamourised in some circles and barely acknowledged in others, is a staple of daily living, and as such, deserves careful attention when being selected. The first question you need to ask yourself is: what do I do all day? Are you an athletic person? Do you spend a great deal of time in high-fashion settings? Do you lift heavy objects? Do you spend a significant chunk of time dodging potholes and shrapnel on your daily metropolitan commute, or the leavings of animals on mud-soaked lanes? All of these factors play a major role in determining what footwear you will buy.
For most men, buying footwear is generally a more streamlined process than it is for women. However, some of the same general rules apply. The foot, regardless of the sex of its owner, needs arch support. It needs to be able to flex relatively comfortably in the shoe so that its movement is not too restricted; however, the shoe should not dwarf the foot. The back of the shoe should rest comfortably against the ankle and not slide around excessively, so as to avoid chafing and blisters.
The shoe itself should be of a good quality, and not prone to falling apart upon the first wearing. You can test the strength and durability of the shoe by bending it. See how adaptable the material is; the shoe should bend a little, but if it leaves crease marks in the material, find a different shoe.
With these general rules in place, you may begin to select the particular fashion of shoe that best suits your needs. For those who find themselves in industrial settings, their footwear should be sturdy, with a thick sole and relatively impenetrable material, and should cover the entire foot. The footwear should have a secure fastening method, such as laces or straps. For those who often encounter wet conditions, choose a shoe that has an easily washable, water-resistant surface.
The type of heel on your shoe will depend on how much walking you do, and how much weight you tend to carry. If you are in a rarefied office environment, high heeled shoes will work perfectly well. However, if you are carrying stacks of binders from one file cabinet to the next, a flatter, more sturdy heel is recommended for weight distribution. Whatever your occupation and lifestyle, choose footwear that is comfortable, durable, and well-made.