In general, most athletic shoes will do the trick. They provide the support necessary for standing in lines and have cushion in the right places. But they need to fit correctly and they need to be undamaged so that they don't rub you in the wrong places. Following are some tips for bringing the right shoes.
- Get a professional fit: Feet change sizes throughout your life for various reasons, so you should verify your size regularly. You can do it yourself, but you need a foot sizer for accuracy. Wear socks and stand when you take the size and make sure you measure both feet. If the shoes you bring are too tight or too loose, you will damage your feet and the pain will suck your BlizzCon fun.
- Your toes need room: Make sure your toes have 1/2" between the end of your biggest toe and the inside of the tip of the shoe.
- Wear laced shoes: Laces help you adjust the fit throughout the day as your feet swell. And they will swell after all that standing.
- Examine your shoes for damage: The part of your shoe that is next to your achilles tendon should be completely intact. Anything that can rub against your foot anywhere should be undamaged, or else you will get blisters and sores.
If you fail (like I did) and end up with a gaping wound on your heel or some other foot injury, the first aid station in the Anaheim Convention Center
is well equipped and staffed with at least one friendly face. I was able to get a cool gel-thingie there, to soothe and protect my owie, that I have been unable to find the equivalent of in drugstores. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of gel-thingies, so I'll be wearing better shoes this year. Captain Obvious and I recommend you do the same.
BlizzCon 2009 is coming up on August 21st and 22nd! We've got all the latest news and information. At BlizzCon, you can play the latest games, meet your guildmates, and ask the developers your questions. Plus, there are some great looking costumes.