WEARING IN YOUR COMFORT SHOES
So your keen to start wearing your shoes where ever you want … but I need to stop you there for a bit. If this is the first time you have worn any of our brands then here is what we recommend you do for wearing in your comfort shoes.
1. GRADUALLY WEARING IN YOUR COMFORT SHOES
Wear your shoes for 1 hour today. Increase your wearing time by 30 minutes to 60 minutes per day. Your choice on the time frames. Why do we recommend this? Simple is that sometimes with comfort shoes it takes your feet and body a small amount of time to adjust to walking with your feet supported and in a new position. We want you to experience really great comfort so it’s a steady as she goes approach is the best way to tackle it. For any shoes with medical grade orthotic thongs, it can take up to 2-3 weeks to get comfortable with your shoes.
2. WEAR YOUR SHOES INSIDE FOR THE FIRST 10 DAYS
Wearing your shoes gradually and inside for the first does a couple of things. It reduces the potential for scuff marks and the shoes getting dirty. If there are any issues and you want to return them, they will be in the best condition possible so you can a return and an exchange. If the shoes are not in original condition as they were prior to you wearing them then we cannot give an exchange on the shoes. SO you can see wearing them inside is the best way to see if you shoes are comfortable and if you need any exchanges then you can get them.
3. FOR EXERCISE SHOES, HOKA ONE ONE, RUNNERS, TRAIL SHOES AND ORTHAHEEL CROSS TRAINERS
We recommend that you only do small runs and walks during your first 2 weeks of wearing your shoes. I encourage you to wear your shoes as frequently as possible around the house at work if you work in office etc. This just gets your foot comfortable with the shoe and ready and primed for your exercise. Casual and easy runs and walks are the best to get feet and shoes is sync with each other.
For some people may experience a small burning sensation on the bottom of the feet. Sometimes you may be required to take the new foot bed/shoe liner/ insole out of the shoe and replace it with an old worn liner for the first couple of weeks. Then after you have worn the shoe in for a couple of weeks replace the old liner with the original new one. The burning should settle itself down. Sometimes burning may be due to laces being too tight across the top of the bridge / arch of your foot. You may need to change the lacing pattern on top of your shoes or even loosen the laces across the top of your foot. This is a common occurrence for people with arthritis on top your feet or with very high arched feet.
4. SHOES FEELING TOO TIGHT
If your shoes are feeling too tight, then check the laces. Sometimes people with high arch foot get the shoelaces and the tongue of the shoe pressing down on top of the arch of your foot. This can press down and affect circulation of tighten the nerves on the top of your feet producing either “pins & needles”, numbness in your foot and toes or cramping sensations. You will have to change and loosen the laces either around your ankle or across the arch of your foot. See diagram.
5. PAIN IN FRONT OF MY ANKLE AND SIDE OF ANKLE
Front of Ankle – If you are experiencing pain in the ankle with your shoes then your laces may be too tight or are sitting too high up over your ankle. Pull the laces out of the top one or two eyelets and then start to laces more on the top of your foot than close to the ankle.
Side of Ankle – Side of ankle pain means your foot sits too low in the shoe or the sides of the shoe push up against the ankle bones. If your feet are sitting too low try placing a 2-4 mm thickness cardboard under the footbed (shoe liner) to raise your foot up above the ankle region of the shoe. If this doesn’t work then you will need to exchange the shoe for a different style with lower side walls around the ankle bone.
6. MY SHOES AND THONGS ARE CAUSING ACHES AND PAINS
With medical grade orthotic thongs and shoes it can take up to 2-3 weeks to get comfortable with shoes. Why? because it can take your body a while to adjust to walking in a new position that supporting your body in a new and different position. You may experience aches and pains anywhere from your feet through to your lower back. What shouldn’t happen is that the aches get to a point where you cannot wear the shoes because they are so uncomfortable. If that is the case take them off, make sure you have worn them in gradually and not worn them for 4-10 hours straight up.
Hoka One One shoes they may take you about 2 weeks to get comfortable with your new walking style but most people to date actually find they get comfortable pretty quickly with the shoe.
7. OTHER QUESTIONS …
If you have any other questions about wearing in your shoes email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply within 24 hours. We will either answer your question directly or direct you to our database of questions people ask about wearing in your comfort shoes.