What does 'arch support' in shoes even do?
January 27, 2011 3:24 PM Subscribe
What does 'arch support' in shoes do and why do I need it?
posted by Karmakaze to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I keep seeing all this fuss about whether shoes have arch support or not, but I can't imagine why I'd want my shoes pressing into the underside of my foot. That just sounds uncomfortable.
I'm not a big fan of shoes in the first place (I do my treadmill work in Vibrams and otherwise kick off my shoes as much as I can.) I've already given up wearing high heels because, man, those things are uncomfortable and I'm tall enough anyway. I'm pushing 40, which is apparently old enough that I'm supposed to need extra-structured insoles or something. As far as I can tell, I have a normal arch (the only person who ever told me I had a high arch was trying to sell me ballet pointe shoes as a teen and I think it was just a sales pitch.)
What does "arch support" even do, and why would someone need it as a matter of course? Should I just assume that if I'm wearing non-constrictive flats that my arches are self-supporting?