For men, the shoes that work best for them are usually the ones that are made from a softer material.
“If you wear a jacket that has some cushioning, it’s good for your feet,” said David Smith, a former footwear designer who is now a footwear consultant.
“But if you’re wearing a dress suit or a suit that is made of a stiff material, it won’t help.
That will hurt your back.”
He added that a suit made of leather or suede could also give the wearer a bad feel.
A man who is not wearing shoes should avoid dress shoes made of soft materials, such as wool, he said.
“They feel uncomfortable.
If you’re going to go to a hotel, they are not going to fit properly.”
Some men have also had a hard time getting shoes that fit properly.
“I am not sure that a pair of shoes should be a choice for a man,” said Matthew Regan, an exercise physiologist at the University of Bristol.
“It’s just a very subjective matter.”
But there are good reasons why men should stick to shoes.
“A man needs a certain amount of stability, so if he is going to be on the treadmill, he’s not going a foot off the floor,” said Smith.
For women, it depends on their health.
“Women have a much higher bone density than men,” said Regan.
“So if you have low bone density, you need to wear shoes that are going to hold you up,” he added.
In terms of how well the shoes are made, “I’d say if a shoe’s been on the market for five years, it should be pretty good,” said Dr. John Lefebvre, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Medical College of Virginia.
However, “it can be a little bit more challenging for women,” he said, and that is why some women opt for a custom-made pair of sandals.
For men who are overweight or have diabetes, it is important to wear a suit jacket, he added, as this can help keep blood flow to the feet.
“There are some men who will have very little blood flow in their feet,” he explained.
“Their feet are going very slow, so they need a bit of extra support, and they’ll need to go in a suit to do that.”
For women who are pregnant, the choice of shoes may also depend on the pregnancy.
If the fetus is not yet viable, a pair may be best for a woman who may need to carry the child for a while, said Dr, Marjorie K. Davis, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
But if the pregnancy is successful, a more flexible shoe could be a good choice, she added.
“The more you can stretch your foot and stretch your knee and your ankle, the better,” Davis said.
When it comes to choosing shoes, Dr. Smith said the best advice would be to shop around for what works best for your body.
“That’s not something I’d give up,” Smith said.
What about your personal style?
Some men and women may find their personal style important in the selection of shoes.
For example, some men like a pair with a rounded toe or a leather upper, while women like a tailored suit.
Some women prefer a slightly longer or a wider toe, while others prefer a slim-fitting shoe.
“Some people like something different, and some people just want to fit,” said Davis.
For a woman, the selection is more personal.
“For women, I would think of a shoe with a narrower toe,” said K.D. Smith, an orthopomp surgeon at the Mayo Clinic.
“Or a shoe that’s not quite so slim, but you can wear a little more than your usual shoe size,” he continued.
For people with allergies, some shoes might not fit well.
“Most people will have a pair that fits perfectly, but there’s a risk that they might be allergic,” said Lefemvre.
“When I look at a shoe, I don’t just look at the fit,” he emphasized.
“Sometimes, if I’m trying to get the shoe to fit the wearer, it may not be able to do so.”