The end of winter is just around the corner and when the weather warms up, we can finally let our feet enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. However, although it can feel liberating to kick off your sturdy winter boots, spring and summer styles are not always the most foot-friendly big footwear.

During winter, we tend to wear stronger and more supportive footwear. During the warmer months, it can be tempting to put convenience ahead of the health of your feet. Flip flops, for example, with their no-frills design, are easy to throw on and go with almost any outfit but they were never really intended to be worn beyond the beach or pool. That’s because they don’t offer any arch or heel support and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on. This can contribute to one of summer’s most common foot injuries, metatarsalgia. This is when the ball of the foot becomes inflamed and it can be extremely painful. Flip flops are also easier to trip in which can lead to bumps, bruises, sprained ankles and even broken toes.

If you want your feet to stay cool, comfy and protected, then a decent pair of sandals is your best bet. A healthy sandal should provide support, protection and cushioning. It also needs to have adequate width and depth for correct foot function.

Merrell Terrant Strap

Merrell Terrant Strap from Walktall (sizes 12-14)

Many sandals are designed with an open toe, but they may not be suitable if you have sensitive or unsightly toes.  If you want to protect or conceal your toes, look for a style which offers the ventilation of a sandal with the protection of a shoe.

Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve

Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve from Walktall (sizes 12-14)

Maintaining good hygiene can also help to ensure healthy feet during the spring and summer months. Genuine leather shoes or sandals allow your feet to breathe and sweat to escape, whereas synthetic styles trap perspiration and don’t allow the foot to breathe. You may also want to look for sandals which have a sanitised footbed. This will hinder the production of bacteria and stop unpleasant odours from developing.

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