"What should I look for in a shoe or sneaker? A shoe or sneaker should have the following features. A crepe or cushioned sole. It should have a wide area in the sole to evenly strike the ground. It should have a steel shank, so that it only bends at the toes, not in half. The toe box area should be wide and rounded. It must have firm heel support so that you cannot bend the heel in with your thumb and forefinger. Finally, it should have enough room inside for a support or have a removable insole so that an orthotic can be inserted."