Wear Patterns

Bringing in old shoes when you're buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:
  • A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe: A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

  • Outer sole wear: You turn out. Orthotics may help.

  • Toe shaped ridges on the upper: Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

  • Wear on the ball of the foot: Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.

  • Wear on the inner sole: You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.

  • Wear on the upper, above the toes: The front of your shoe is too low.