Why the optimal fitting of footwear is difficult
Footwear has a long history and has evolved in to a necessary article whether it is fashion, safety or performance. However, fitting footwear is still an art and an ideal fit is predominantly by chance. Poor fitting affects the wearer’s comfort and posture. The various attributes of a shoe contribute towards the comfort or discomfort of a shoe. For example, the heel inclination can change the wearer’s spinal shape and body balance, affecting comfort. In this paper we describe the various parameters that affect a person’s comfort and why an extra effort is necessary to achieve an optimum fit.