There’s a wide selection of shoes for sale in the Philippines. High heels, pumps, sneakers, flats, loafers, sandals—you name it! Go to any mall in the country and you’re guaranteed to find at least one store that specializes in a certain shoe type. Others also carry different ones and cater to a larger audience. There’s no scarcity of shoes for men and women of any age. Even if you factor in clothing style, people will still be able to find the exact pair that they want and need.
There is, however, a slight difference in the number of options available for both sexes. Although shoes are pretty much universal and unisex, it’s hard to deny the fact that women have a lot more options than men. Usual footwear options for men here in the Philippines are sneakers, dress shoes, loafers, boots, and sandals or flip-flops. That’s already a lot for some, but try to think of all the women’s shoes for sale in the Philippines.
Heels, stilettos, wedges, pumps, kitten heels, gladiator shoes, ballerina shoes, loafers, jelly shoes—that’s almost only a quarter of the number of shoe types available to women. Moreover, they can easily head into the men’s section and find a pair there. Although it’s nice to have these options, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. The task of finding the perfect pair of shoes is difficult enough in itself, but if your options are practically endless, then sometimes it seems almost impossible to do.
Not to fret, though, because there definitely is a great way to ensure that you get exactly the right pair for you. We’ve written this for the women who constantly find themselves walking in the wrong shoes—literally. Stick around to find out more about how to find the perfect shoes for you!
Footwear Myths You Should Stop Believing
To start, we’ll be debunking some footwear myths that may be preventing you from trying out certain shoe types and also some shoe buying beliefs that often lead people into getting the wrong pair.
You Have to Break Them In
Every time you try on shoes for sale in the Philippines and feel they’re a little tight, someone always says that it’s because you have yet to break them in. They say that the pair will stretch over time and it’s normal for them to feel suffocating at the moment.
There is little truth in those words. The only types of shoes that really stretch over time are those that are made from 100% natural leather and/or suede. Actually, even those types don’t stretch enough to make your feet feel comfortable. At most, they will expand a few millimeters—far insufficient to increase your comfort level.
Flats are Always Better than Heels
You’ve probably seen and heard a lot about the negative effects of wearing high heels. Something along the lines of them being harmful and detrimental to your health and bones and how they were made solely to improve a woman’s looks and aesthetics. These so-called ‘facts’ have convinced many to stick to flats and abandon high-heeled shoes.
Well, the truth is flats aren’t always better than heels. Some flats are even worse because they provide no cushioning or support, leading to joint and back pains. In fact, all shoe types can negatively affect your health especially if they’re of the wrong size. On the other hand, heels, particularly 1-inch heels, offer better support and are often considered the better option.
All You Need is a Pair of Flip-Flops
Flip-flops are known to be the epitome of comfort and are the perfect footwear for the summer and it would be nice to wear them 24/7, 365, but that may not be the most practical or ideal choice.
When worn for long periods of time, flip-flops lose their comfortability. The reason for this is, like poorly made flat footwear, they offer zero arch support and cushioning. Although they are the usual go-to during the summer, you should avoid using them all throughout the day or at least buy flip-flops that offer a little bit of cushion and support.
Quality is Proportionally Related to Price
Many make the mistake of thinking that the more expensive the shoe, the better the quality. After all, what else could justify a high price than unparalleled aesthetic appeal and world-class quality?
However, it doesn’t work that way. Sure, some expensive shoes have innovative features and are made of materials of the highest grade and quality, but not all the time. More often than not, what you’re paying for isn’t quality but the brand name, so don’t shy away from affordable shoes while thinking that they may break in a short amount of time.
A Good Pair Can Last Forever
Remember: an inexpensive pair can last a long time and an expensive one can break within a year or two of use. It really can go either way, but one thing’s for sure and that’s the fact that neither will be able to last forever. As the popular Filipino saying goes “Walang forever,” and shoes are no exception.
You can enjoy an excellent pair for a couple of years, but you will have to replace them at some point. Proper maintenance can only go so far as preserving their aesthetic appeal. There’s just no way of preventing their support and stability from deteriorating unless you replace all their supportive devices completely, which is likely to cost as much as, if not more than, a new pair of shoes.
Dangers of Wearing Shoes of the Wrong Size
There are many dangers in wearing ill-fitting shoes. Listed here are the things that a poor pair of shoes and sandals in the Philippines can cause:
These are often acquired by wearing high-heeled shoes that exceed two inches. The most common one among women is the lateral sprain where you roll the outside of your foot. It can also happen if your shoes are too big and offer little to no ankle support. They may not seem too big of a deal in the beginning but repeated ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability.
Ingrown toenails happen when your toenails start to grow into your skin and this happens when there is no adequate space in your shoes for your toes. They slowly grow into and cut through your skin and cause unbelievable pain that you wouldn’t wish upon yourself or your enemies. You can easily remove them at home but severe ingrown toenails often need surgical attention.
Some people are naturally born with bunions or the bony bump at the base of the big toe. However, some develop theirs through constant use of tight-fitting shoes that are causing the big toe to push against the next one. It then leads to the enlargement of the big toe’s joint which forces it to stick out unnaturally.
Uncomfortable shoes are the reason for the development of calluses on the foot. They appear over the course of time because of the consistent rubbing of your foot against your shoes. This action causes your skin to harden and form small bumps called calluses. They may not be painful but they can be unsightly.
Blisters and Corns
Other things that are caused by wearing shoes that rub against your sensitive skin are blisters and corns. Both of these are defense mechanisms that your skin uses to protect itself. That said, they are extremely annoying to have and can definitely cramp your style.
Athletes aren’t the only people who can suffer from athlete’s foot. Those that wear uncomfortable shoes that cause their feet to sweat and stay warm and moist can also get them. You can avoid these by not suffocating your feet too much and choose footwear that allows them to breathe.
Hammertoe is a deformity wherein your little toes are bent by the joints. They develop for the same reasons that ingrown toenails do which is when there is not enough space at the front of your shoes. Your balance may be affected by this condition, so it’s best to avoid it.
Tight shoes, weight gain, and bruising are the common sources of heel pain. It can occur at any part of the heel and can only be avoided by avoiding poorly made and sized shoes and replacing worn-out ones that offer no more support.
Joint and Back Pain
Shoes that offer zero support and cushioning are the main reason for joint and back pain. Lack of support means that the impact of walking or running is absorbed solely by the knee, which can lead to joint pain and can even worsen symptoms of arthritis. When left alone for too long, the pain may extend to your back and cause some irreversible problems.
The Best Way to Measure Your Feet for Size
Properly measuring your shoe size at home is extremely beneficial if you’re an avid online shopper. Since you really can’t try on the shoes you want, the only way to make sure they fit is knowing the exact size of your feet, and that’s exactly what we’ll show here!
- Step 1: Get a piece of paper, a pen, and a ruler.
- Step 2: Place the paper on a flat surface and step on it with a naked or socked foot—depending on how you wear your shoes. You can do it both times and both ways so you can switch it up depending on what type of shoe you’re planning to buy.
- Step 3: While sitting or crouching—never while standing—trace or have someone trace your foot as close to the sock or skin as possible.
- Step 4: Take your foot out of the paper and grab a ruler. Draw a horizontal line on the two outermost points of your toe and heel and two vertical lines on both sides.
- Step 5: Measure the distance between the horizontal lines and round them up to 1/16th of an inch—this will be your shoe size. Move on to measuring the distance between the vertical lines, which will then be your shoe width.
- Step 6: Here’s where people stop, but you need to keep going and repeat the process for your other foot. Normally, one of your feet is going to be larger than the other and you need to use the measurements of that particular foot when determining your actual shoe size.
- Step 7: Once you have the bigger measurements, use the right chart to convert those into the right shoe size.
These measurements should help you choose the perfect pair among the many shoes for sale in the Philippines!
7 Tips for Finding the Right Shoes
We have now arrived at the most important part of the article which are the tips and tricks for finding the right shoes. Using these, you will never again have to suffer with shoes that are either too big or too small.
Bring a Tracing of Your Foot
Remember that piece of paper you stepped and traced your foot on? Try to bring that—the one with the bigger and more accurate measurements—along the next time you go looking for shoes. Simply place the shoes you want on top of it and see if they fit your foot. If the shoes are narrower or shorter, then give up trying them on. Doing this will save you from putting on shoes over and over again.
Shop in the Afternoon
The foot expands naturally over the day and it is at its biggest in the afternoon, which is why it’s best to shop at that time.
Do or Don’t Wear Socks
Before you get out of the house to buy shoes, make sure you’re wearing the same exact type of socks that you’ll be wearing with your new pair. You can also carry a fresh pair of socks or stockings if you don’t want to wear them to the store. If, on the other hand, you have no intention of wearing socks with them—say for a pair of sandals or heels—then try them out with your naked feet.
Ensure There is Enough Wiggle Space
Measure the amount of space left between your heel and the end of the shoe. Ideally, there should be half an inch available for your foot to move around but not so much that they slip off. As for the space in front, wiggle your toes to ensure that there is enough room and your bones aren’t being contracted.
Walk in Them Before Purchase
The only way to truly determine the level of comfort that a pair of shoes in the Philippines can provide is by walking on them. While doing so, always keep in mind that they have to be comfortable right there and then and don’t convince yourself that they will fit better once broken in.
Pay Attention to the Width
Width is just as important as length, and wearing narrow shoes are often the main reason for the development of different foot conditions. If you feel that the shoes are way too narrow and are squishing your foot and/or toes, let them go and find a better pair.
Don’t Put All Your Trust into Shoe Sizes
While shoe sizes are a reliable way of knowing if a shoe fits, sometimes they can’t be trusted. Shoe sizes vary between manufacturers and you can’t always depend on them when you’re out buying a pair. Instead, trust yourself and your own comfort level when deciding whether to buy a pair of shoes for sale in the Philippines.
Get the Perfect Pair at Tutum Shop!
Looking to get the best shoes for sale in the Philippines? Head over to Tutum! We’re a local brand that aims to provide women of all ages with the latest and trendiest footwear pieces!
Our selection, which is filled with heels, flats, loafers, slip-ons, sandals, and flip-flops, is every woman’s dream. Not only are our pairs stylish and trendy, they’re also durable and affordable, so you can guarantee that you’ll get a long-lasting pair of shoes without breaking the bank. Moreover, we have shoes for every clothing style and taste, so anyone can get the perfect pair at our shop.
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