What Should You Look for in a Slipper?
Many people spend little time thinking about their choice of slipper. They tend to buy the first pair that looks good to them. However, the average person wears their slippers for 2 to 3 hours a day. If the average pair of slippers lasts six months, that’s a total of 540 hours, or 22 days of constant wear.
For the sake of the health of your feet, it’s important that you make the correct choices when buying slippers. They get a lot of wear and low quality slippers can cause foot and skeletal harm to a certain degree. From facilitating the growth of fungal infections to providing little arch support, slippers can cause problems for your feet.
Today, we are going to look at some of the qualities that you should be considering when buying a new pair of slippers. For good foot health, it’s important to get it right.
Quality 1: Breathability
The biggest mistake that we see with people buying slippers is that they opt for the fluffy, cosy looking, slippers. These appear to be a great choice for winter, because they’ll keep your feet warm.
However, you need to be careful with such slippers. If they do not allow your feet to breathe, your feet will sweat. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it also makes it easier for fungal infections to grow and take hold. And, it can make your feet smell bad — you’ll take this smell to your other shoes too, so it’s a huge no-no.
Instead, you need to look for a slipper made from breathable materials. Look for high quality slippers in natural materials, such as the Silent Night men’s slippers range. These slippers are cosy, but they also allow your feet to breathe, helping to support good foot health.
It is especially important to buy breathable slippers if you suffer from problems such as Athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections.
Quality 2: Hard Soles
Again, people tend to opt for soft-soled slippers because they feel cosier. However, soft soles do not provide your feet with adequate support. Over time, especially if you’re wearing your slippers for 3+ hours a day, this can lead to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, which is pain at the heel of the foot (the plantar fascia).
Whatever your footwear (slippers, flip-flops, formal shoes, etc.) you must ensure that they provide your foot with adequate support. Otherwise, it can lead to long term problems and pain — pain that you might not feel until it’s too late and the damage is done.
Quality 3: Sizing
People tend to buy slippers with indiscriminate sizing — for example, that have three sizes: small, medium, and large. This is problematic because it means that it’s highly unlikely that the slipper will actually fit your feet.
As with any type of footwear, it’s important that the slippers are the correct fit for your feet. You should only buy slippers that offer a range of standard shoe sizes, such as the Silent Night men’s slippers. Otherwise, they will lead to discomfort and overcompensation of movement, which in turn can affect the structure of your feet.
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