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Footwear tips for Monsoon

Monsoon, the rainy season, in India is like a festival. After severe heat people are waiting for the rain and when it comes, people can be seen dancing in rain and rejoicing in many ways.

A pleasant weather is not the only thing that monsoon brings for us. It is well equipped with not only the higher chances of fungal and bacterial infections, but also the chances of slipping on wet surfaces.

Last week after a day’s rain in Mumbai my daughter slipped on water covered stairs causing bruises and grounded her for a day. She missed her Mumbai Darshan organised by NMIMS, Mumbai for freshers of the college.

Following on, I thought I’d write about footwear you can use for the coming rain season.

Mentioned below are few tips that will help you in buying right footwear for monsoon and keeping your feet happy and infection free this season.

Flip-Flops made of rubber or materials from PVC are ideal for the rains, because they are washable, dry easily and easy-to-maintain footwear. They are available in a range of designs and colours and are suitable for both girls and guys.

Full Plastic Footwear are low-cost options for rainy season and are widely used in heavy rains. Nowadays they are available in varied style generally looking like stylish leather shoes.

Crocs are a better option for the rains. They are essentially rubber, and their grip is also better, so they won’t slip from your foot when both are wet with rain water. Colourful options with holes on top make them a style statement for monsoon.

With a formal outfit, you can wear sandals with straps as they would be firm on your feet. Go for slip-resistant sandals and check that your wet feet don’t slip even inside the footwear.

Open toes or closed shoes: Open toes or peep toes are available in waterproof material from PVC. They come in colours like red, pink, blue, silver and gold. Flat Ballerinas or closed shoes made from Lycra look great and survive monsoon.

Gum Boots: There is nothing better than rain boots and Gum Boots to protect your feet in heavy rains. This waterproof footwear is usually knee-high, water-proof and are mostly made from rubber or PVC. These boots protect the feet from mud, dirt and water during monsoon.

Avoid

  • Avoid wearing heels in rainy season. But, if you just cannot resist wearing heels then go for slip-resistant sandals of heels not over 2 inches.
  • Avoid wearing leather footwear as much as possible since the material gets easily infected with fungus and bacteria. They have a tendency to support bacteria because of the moisture.Still have passion for leather footwear, look out for Waterproof shoes. The waterproof range of well-known brands is quite stylish and perfect for a rainy day. Formal shoes made of waterproof leather and shoes with foam base that are odor-resistant are a huge hit with office-goers.

Here are some tips while purchasing your footwear for monsoon:

  • While purchasing plastic footwear, make sure that the pair doesn’t have any sharp edges as those could give you shoe bites.
  • For this season particularly, whether you are buying flat sandals or heels, look for footwear with good grip that hold feet in place and do not slip when the feet and shoes are wet.

Don’t

  • During monsoon do not wear sports or canvas shoes as they may attract the growth of bacteria.
  • Don’t keep your shoes and sandals under the bed or inside the shoe rack when it is wet. This gives birth to bacteria’s. Let them dry under the sun to keep away the bacteria’s from breeding in your shoes.

Mentioned below are few tips that will help you keep your feet infection free in Monsoon.

  • Camphor powder is an effective antiseptic. Mix it with talcum powder and apply before wearing shoes and after opening them.
  • Rubbing onion juice between infected toes helps to cure infection faster.
  • If you develop itch due to mud water, wash feet in a mild solution of lime juice and vinegar to reduce the itch.
  • If your wet feet have tendency to cause odour, mix 5 ml of peppermint oil in a tub of lukewarm water with handful of neem leaves and soak your feet for 10 minutes. Dry and spray talcum powder on it. This will help in reducing the perspiration plus relieve you from odour-causing bacteria.
  • Sometimes in this season our nails become soft, brittle and start to clip. You can prevent this by adding a few drops of olive oil and lemon juice to a tablespoon of honey and apply this mixture to the nails before sleeping to treat brittle nails.
  • At the end of a humid rainy day, soak your feet in cold water and salt solution. Scrub, clean and wipe dry.
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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Buying Footwear

 

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Tips on buying footwear – 6 things to keep in mind while shoe shopping

Comfortable and well fitted shoes help in keeping a lot of foot problems away. But how to know if the shoe fits? Read on to find out.

Buying Time

Ever felt the need to take of your shoes during certain times of the day, when even the otherwise perfect pair seems tight? You are not alone. Our blood circulation increases as we walk around during the day, causing feet to swell-up.  It is thus advised that you purchase your shoes during work hours (noon) or in the evening (around 7-8pm), when blood circulation is at its peak. You will ensure you buy a well fitted shoe that is comfortable all day and not just early in the morning.

Right Size

It is important to wear the right size to prevent foot problems such as painful corns, calluses etc. Always have your feet measured by the salesperson, and correctly determine the size of both your feet. Do this every time you’re out shopping for footwear, as shoe size is never a constant across brands or even shoe type.

If your feet are not of the same size, buy the shoe that fits the larger foot. You can purchase an extra insocks or insole to fill space in the other foot. If you do not wish to buy an insole, simply peel one off from an old pair and paste it using adhesive in the new shoe.

Also, people with wider feet should look for shoes with broader toe area to prevent deformation of feet. Some international brands have sizes varying by width of foot too.

Toe and Heel

Your toe should not be squished against the shoe, there must be a little gap between the shoe and the thumb. Also, the toe should lie flat and not crunched by the sides of the shoe. Unless you are woman buying pointy toes, go for the broader toe ones that don’t cram your fingers.

The ankle should not feel friction from behind, and the shoe should fit snugly around the heel. When you walk, your heel should not slip or come out of the shoe, but neither be so tight so as to cause blisters.

Take a Walk

Always wear BOTH the shoes and take a walk around the store. If the shoe bites or pinches in any way while walking, it will continue to do so even when you leave the store. And no, contrary to what the shopkeeper might say, the shoe will NOT “open-up” or “break-in” with regular use. A good, high quality shoe should never de-shape. Id it is not comfortable in the store, it will not be after a week of wear either.

Check the Material

If you wish to buy a comfortable, long lasting shoe, check the quality of materials used. Leather is a very comfortable material that allows your feet to breathe, but if you are against buying leather products, you can go for PU coated synthetic shoes. Ensure you purchase synthetic shoes from reputed companies, as only few have the technology to manufacture high quality synthetic material. Also, if you are not buying genuine leather, don’t opt for a leather “look” (or raxine shoe). It is much lower on quality, and thus comfort.

Buying standardised and comfortable footwear prevents a lot of injuries and foot problems.

Tie the Laces

A common problem is breaking of laces after a few days of wear. While buying the shoe, pull and tie the laces like you normally would, and watch them for any sign of withering. Often, the laces break simply because the eyelets they go through have pointy edges that eat away the thread.  You may check the eyelets for smoothness, or purchase extra laces for emergencies.

 
 

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