What Makes a Shoe High Quality?

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I’m sure by now you’ve realized that shoes are as important investment as premium bags and clothing. High-quality shoes may make you uncomfortable with their expensive price tag, but nothing beats the comfort and convenience that it brings in the long run. You just have to understand its basic anatomy to know if your shoes are indeed made to go the distance.

Check the sole. If there’s a part of the shoe that needs a closer look, it’s the sole- the most important area as it’s where most damage occurs. The sole is usually the part we check to decide whether our shoes need a replacement or simply a repair. Before buying any pair of shoes, no matter the price, I make it a habit to inspect the way the shoe meets the sole. If there’s any trace of glue, that’s a big no-no. Tip: The edge of a shoe should be spotless, and everything is properly sealed. This way, the upper and sole are strongly bonded together.

Analyze the stitching. The way the stitching of a shoe is done gives you hints as to how the robust the shoe is. Examine whether the stitching is intact. This means that gaps between stitches should not be present and stitching should be tight and straight. For boots or hiking shoes, stitching is exposed to keep the water out and for esthetic purposes. Tip: The thread should have a waxy coating on it to keep the stitching from breaking apart. Run your nail on the thread and check if the threads separate easily. If they do, it’s likely not coated.

Examine the fit. Nothing beats a shoe that fits perfectly. After all, the fit is the deciding factor whether to buy or not the pair of shoes that you’ve been dying to have for months. The shoe that best fits you won’t result in sore balls and heels of your feet. If the shoe is too large or too short in length, it will alter the shape of the shoe hence pain and discomfort are major problems. Tip: The innersole of the shoe should have a small layer of padding for protection.

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