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Ever wanted to know what makes a comfortable shoe? Men – we are often under looked as needing comfort and style; “you’re a man, have you ever tried wearing heels – you don’t know this kind of pain.”

I want to battle a long standing myth that men do not every feel uncomfortable in shoes, this might seem odd and it’s perhaps because we get drowned out by the woe of the heel, however as a size 12/13 male who struggles to find comfortable shoes, knowing what to look out for when picking a shoe has become the utmost of importance.

A new range of footwear from BARED Shoes┬ápromises to tackle the often hushed cried of uncomfortable men everywhere. Founded by podiatrist, Anna Baird, her aim was to create “Wearable, Wantable shoes” and she has done just that. I recently sampled these shoes and not only do they look great but they feel amazing!

Anna has provided us with five things every man must look out for when picking out a comfortable and on-trend pair of shoes!

1. THE FOOTBED

Having a solid cushioning is a must-have for every shoe. A removable footbed is essential as all mens feet are different widths and sometimes a biomechanical orthodic will need to be inserted for the ultimate in comfort. Find out what shoe shape you are here.

2. THE SHANK

The shank is the part in between the heel itself and the sole, a solid plank to provide stability and support. Ask what the shank is made from and make sure it is steel for the best.

3. HEEL HEIGHT

Surprisingly enough wearing flats or going barefoot for too long will leave you in pain. Make sure your heel is at least 12mm so prevent heel and calf pain.

4. CUSHIONING

Make sure there is suitable cushioning underneath the footbed. Without this it can feel like walking straight on concrete so a must is foam cushioning underneath the footbed.

5. QUALITY UPPERS

What is the actual shoe itself made from? Make sure the lining is leather or your feet won’t be able to breathe!

 

To see more great styles and tips from Anna just visit BARED Shoes!

 

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About The Author

Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of Couturing.com. He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in Vogue.com.au, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.

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