How to choose good and high-quality shoes?


Jun 15, 2021

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The question of how to choose good quality shoes is for everyone. It is the quality of the footwear that determines the comfort and health of the feet, the comfort during long walking and the absence of fatigue. What to look for when choosing shoes? There are five basic signs that you can use to quickly find a good pair at a normal price. This material and the quality of tailoring, type of sole, no pungent smell.
 

Material

It is recommended to start choosing shoes from the material. It can be not only leather but also velour, nubuck, fabric, artificial materials. They all differ in appearance, properties, and quality, so attention should be paid to the following nuances:

    • the coloring of shoes or boots should be uniform, without streaks or stains, only if the latter is not a design idea.
    • the insole should be durable, evenly colored, and not leave marks on the skin (just rub it with your finger).
    • the material should not have traces of damage, scratches, too thin places (such areas are not uncommon for low-quality natural leather).

When choosing a material, you must consider the season. Suitable for summer light leather sandals or shoes for the autumn and spring is recommended shoes with moisture-proof impregnation, as a material suitable for leather, nubuck, and textiles. For autumn boots, a natural bike lining is recommended. Winter shoes should be warm and durable, the best options are leather or leather boots are great for wet weather, they will be indispensable for dry weather. The lining for winter shoes is made of wool, the recommended option is a natural material.
 

Outsole quality

The second point to pay attention to is the type of sole and flexibility. The best option is a flexible, moderately soft sole that provides a comfortable walk. For winter and wet weather, you need to choose a sole with a textured tread that will not slip. It is also recommended to pay attention to the heels, which must be of very good quality.
When choosing shoes other than the sole, it is recommended to carefully examine the material under the insole (if it is removable). Foam rubber is usually used for shoes and shoes of poor quality, they should not last. The best option is natural dense leather or special textiles that allow air to pass through, protecting the foot from excessive sweating and the risk of developing fungus.
Seams and quality of tailoring
The tailoring of good boots or shoes should be of high quality. All seams must be even, no wrinkles or folds, crookedly sewn or glued decor, bad fasteners are allowed. All shoes should look neat and reliable, with no protruding threads or creases.
 

Is there a pungent smell?

Another sign of good footwear is that there is no harsh chemical smell of glue or solvent. High-quality leather or textiles have a light, subtle scent of a new material, which will soon pass and will not interfere. Dyes for such shoes are used safely, they do not cause the formation of a pungent odor. When storing shoes in a box for a long time, the smell may be concentrated inside, but during fitting, you will understand how acceptable it is for natural material.

Please note that even genuine leather shoes may smell slightly like glue: this does not mean that they are made of faux leather. The leather is natural, and there is a smell of glue, with which the sole is attached to the upper of the shoe. This smell is temporary and is of a production nature.

With low-quality shoes, the opposite is true – bad materials and cheap, toxic dyes immediately give themselves out as extremely unpleasant chemical aromas that will not go away even after a month of wearing.

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