- 2021 Posts
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Just Start Walking
- Executive Director: Gala Postponed until Spring 2022
- Putting Your Right Shoe Forward
- Caregiver Specialists: Your Personal Guide Along Care Journey Path
- Executive Director: Face Coverings Required Starting August 2
- Why it's Important to Have a Will
- How to Get Started Refreshing Your Home
- "Senior Scams" featured in Caregiving magazine
- Executive Director: What you can expect at NSSC starting Jun 14
- The Shop at the Center: The North Shore's Best Kept Secret
- Bridge Phase Update: A Message from the Executive Director
- Do’s and Don’ts as You Re-Enter Stores
- Easing Their Way Back: How NSSC members are slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy
- Easing Your Way Back to Normal
- Ways Caregivers Can Strengthen Connections & Reduce Loneliness
- Medicare and COVID-19
- A Change in Seasons Can Bring a Change in Moods
- New Act Provides Relief for Pandemic Weary Individuals
- Something to Think About
- Do I Hear an Echo? Smart Home Devices Can Make Life Safer and Easier
- "Senior Financial Abuse" as featured in Caregiving Magazine
- Annual Report - FY20
- 2021 New Year Message from Executive Director
- "The U-Shaped Happiness Curve"
- "Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Are You Ready to Share Your Life Story?"
+ 2020 Posts
- "Maximize Your Personal Connections and Minimize the Holiday Blues"
- "Resilience & Aging"
- Self-Care Tips for the Family Caregiver
- Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving from Our Executive Director
- NSSC Awarded Chicago Top Workplace
- 'Exercise’ Your Commitment to Stay Fit During Pandemic
- How the End of Daylight Saving Time Affects People with Dementia
- Lifelong Learning Virtual Experience: The Next Best Thing to Being at the Center
- Join us for Gala 2020: Unmasked
- Permission Granted: Time to Host the Perfectly Imperfect Wedding
- North Shore Senior Center Featured in Caregiving Magazine!
- What Does 'Medicare for All' Mean?
- Opening Day Slated for July 6!
- North Shore Senior Center Keeps Older Adults And Their Families Connected
- June 15 Update on Center Reopening
- An Open Letter from the Executive Director
- Initial Plans to Re-Open Center
- HSS & Sewa International Donate Masks to NSSC
- May 14 Update from the Executive Director
- The CARES Act Brings Many Changes for Individuals and Businesses
- May 7 Update from the Executive Director
- April 30 Message from the Executive Director
- Celebrating our Volunteers and Senior & Family Services: A Message from the Executive Director
- Celebrating Our Successes: A Message from the Executive Director
- Message from the Executive Director on HOW Programs
- Winnetka Talk: North Shore senior centers turn to technology to connect and entertain
- Message from the Executive Director
- An Update from our Executive Director & Free Online Classes
- A Note to the North Shore Senior Center Community
Putting Your Right Shoe ForwardAugust 31, 2021
by Caron Blitz
Just like putting the right tires on your car, wearing walking or running shoes that fit properly is critical to a safe and comfortable ride. Here’s a checklist to help you shop at local stores where you’ll find fit experts that will “knock your socks off."
What to look for
You don’t need to be a marathon runner to benefit from the investment in a good shoe.
First, think about where you walk or run—whether it’s on pavement, a hiking trail or treadmill.
Then consider how your body reacts to exercise. Do you experience leg or back pain? What happens to your toes and ankles when you walk?
Shoes today are engineered with research identifying which models are best depending on use, anatomy and preferred comfort. And with so many choices comes a host of styles, so you can be fashionable and comfortable.
Mayo Clinic Best Fit Tips
According to the Mayo Clinic, your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet. Your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes.
- Wear the same socks you'll wear when walking or take the socks with you to the store.
- Shop for shoes after you've been walking for a while, and later in the day, when your feet are at their largest.
- Buy shoes at an athletic shoe store with professional fitters or at a store where you have lots of options.
- Ask the salesperson to measure both feet, measure them yourself, or have a friend or family member help you. Measure your feet each time you buy shoes, because your foot size can change gradually over years. Stand while your foot is measured to get the most accurate measurement.
- If one foot is larger than the other, try on a pair that fits your larger foot.
- Try on both shoes and check the fit. Wiggle your toes. If you don't have at least a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe — approximately the width of your finger — try a larger size.
- Be sure the shoe is wide enough. The side-to-side fit of the shoe should be snug, not tight. Women with wide feet might consider men's or boys' shoes, which are cut a bit larger through the heel and the ball of the foot.
- Walk in the shoes before buying them. They should feel comfortable right away. Make sure your heel fits snugly in each shoe and doesn't slip as you walk.
Local Shoe Fit Experts
Road Runner Sports offers a 3D foot scan that takes “6 critical measurements in just 7 seconds.” To find your perfect fit, they even offer custom insoles. You can schedule an appointment for a personalized fit. Ask about the 20% discount offered online.
3232 Lake Ave. in Edens Plaza, Wilmette, 847.251.1900
Fleet Feet combines a 3D foot scan with a mapping system to assess your foot’s path of motion and stride as you walk. You can schedule an appointment for a personalized fit.
800 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847.945.2929
610 Central Ave. in Port Clinton Square, Highland Park, 847.266.8323
As a 60+ Savvy Shopper living in Riverwoods, Caron Blitz gets what folks our age look for in products and is always on the look-out for “fun finds” and the best values. For future columns, she’d love to hear what you, The Shopper, would like us to feature. If you are a retailer, let us know what special products and services you offer for older adults: SavvyShopperColumn@gmail.com