Shoes are like ice-cream, there’s always room for more. Have you ever thought about how fortunate you are to have a decent pair of shoes? In fact, you probably have many, some of which you hardly ever wear. It’s easy to take shoes for granted when they’re so abundant, but for almost 1 billion people around the world, even one set of adequate footwear would be a blessing. There are people across the globes that are not able to enjoy these benefits because of the lack of adequate footwear accessible to them. Shoes are just lifestyle to some people and to others just owning one pair would be of great value.
The importance of having a decent and comfortable pair of shoes cannot be underestimated. Shoes are a part of our lives that are constantly present, whether you’re wearing them to make a fashion statement or to serve a certain purpose like playing sports, running, walking, hiking or Cross Fit good shoes improves the health and the comfort of our feet and our body and it form the basis of proper posture and save you from hours of pain and discomfort. Most of our lives are spent in shoes. We have shoes for every occasion and in every color.
Shoes indicate a great deal about a person’s taste and identity – national, regional, professional – class status and gender, is not an invention of modernity. They also served as a status symbol amongst the elite and the practice of judging someone based on their shoes is quite an old tradition. Shoes have, for centuries, given hints about a person’s character, social and cultural place, even sexual preference. Shoes are used not only to differentiate between the sexes but also as tools in gender relations.
Here are a few reasons why shoes are important:
Anyone walking without shoes for long period of time or living with ill-fitting shoes can experience: Corns, Ingrown toenails, Fungal nail infections, Athlete’s foot pain, injury, problems with posture and the risk for infection. In countries around the globe where sanitation and disinfection is inadequate, diseases resulting from walking barefoot can range from parasitic infections to crippling deformative conditions. Diabetics in these countries are at even higher risk due to the increased potential for foot injuries. Stepping on broken glass or rusty nails, have a nasty encounter with a prickly bush or winding up with an itchy rash from poison ivy are also concerns. A prolonged lack of proper foot support can cause arches to collapse, and can cause serious joint pain. Many people who experience back pain have it because of faulty or unsuitable footwear. When you wear the right shoes, such as a pair of athletic orthotics or normal medicated shoes, you can help your posture out in wonderful ways. While barefoot walking can help to a point, our bodies rarely have naturally proper posture, and so walking without support can cause issues to develop. Wearing shoes protects you and makes sure your feet stay healthy and safe.
For Better performance:
Good shoes can transform the life of a person in your community or halfway around the world by giving light, hope and opportunities. Depending on where you are and what shoes you are wearing, they can provide you with a better grip on things. It is generally not a good idea to do any kind of strenuous activity without using proper footwear. You not only run the risk of damage and injury, you’re also highly likely to need more time for recovery especially with those nasty blisters all over your feet. If you are hiking, wearing shoes can help you grab onto rock and terrain much easier and if you are walking on ice, wearing the right shoes can also help you walk easier. There are several different shoe types for different activities, and it is always wise to purchase them to keep your feet and yourself safe. Enjoying your favorite activity while wearing a specific shoe has countless benefits. Not only will you enable yourself to improve during every session, but it will also optimize your performance while shielding you from a number of potential injury risks.
For Style and Fashion:
Shoes are an incredibly prominent aspect of fashion, culture, and personal style Shoes of course are primarily functional, and ultimately serve to protect our feet from uncomfortable surfaces, harsh elements and bad weather. However as time has passed shoes are now about more than practicality. They also served as a status symbol amongst the elite and the practice of judging someone based on their footwear is quite an old tradition. A study published in the Journal of Research in Personality in 2012 showed that 90% of people’s personality is reflected in their choice of shoes. You can tell a lot about someone’s economic class, fashion taste, and identity by taking a look at what shoes they’re wearing. I have seen some shoe lovers who love are spending hundreds of dollars on shoes instead of groceries. Dating back to at least the 16th century, wealthy men in different cultures wore high heels to symbolize their social status. Back in the day – shoes were power symbols of the elite. Leather was so precious that only a few could afford leather footwear (or were allowed to wear it) but now, we all like to buy shoes – that symbolizes fashion and style. Today, expensive shoes have surpassed luxury handbags as the latest status symbol. All-white sneakers often symbolize wealth since a wearer can’t do anything that would get them too dirty and frequently has to purchase new pairs to maintain the fresh look. In sports from soccer to basketball, neon shoes are often seen as a form of peacocking by dominant players. Wearing laughable and over-the-top designs speak to ego and dominance. Cardi B’s “bloody shoes” represent her raising the ranks from former stripper to the biggest name in popular music. They illustrate her taking control. The simple scene of her wearing a pair of Louboutins negates the notion that sexuality, fashion and femininity are at odds with being powerful.
By now you have realized that your shoes are much more important than you think.