Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Eneslow Survey Suggests More than 25% of the Shoes Americans Own Are Too Uncomfortable to Wear

When it comes to shoes, men and women alike have been known to suffer for the sake of fashion. But what happens when the pain is just too much? A new national survey by Eneslow, The Foot Comfort Center, finds that millions of Americans, driven by discomfort, relegate shoes they can 't wear anymore to the back of their closets or throw them out altogether.

According to the survey, the average American owns 11 pairs of shoes, and almost three in ten (28%) have this much footwear or more lying around.

But unfortunately, more than six in 10 (61%) admit there 's at least one pair of shoes in their closets that they don 't really wear anymore. On average, three pairs – or more than a quarter of what they own – are going unworn. And a wasteful 11 percent admit to 10 or more unemployed shoes collecting dust in their homes!

"With consumers across the country looking for ways to stretch their dollars, it pains me that most Americans not only waste money by buying uncomfortable shoes, but underestimate the damage they can do to their feet," said Robert S. Schwartz, a Board Certified Pedorthist (C. Ped.) and fourth-generation footwear maven who is president and CEO of Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises, Inc. "If you have a pair of shoes you love, but don 't love you, don 't wear them."

Schwartz thinks people should donate their usable shoes to Soles4Souls, instead of living through the pain. All Eneslow locations are drop-off sites.

"At Eneslow 's three locations in New York City and Little Neck, we have 15 pedorthists who watch our customers walk, ” says Schwartz. “They check their feet, determine when, where, and why they get pain. All of these answers help us find which products and materials will help them."

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