Shoes that pinch, shoes that rub, shoes that leave blisters, shoes that are just too darn tight. We’ve all been there. Uncomfortable, poorly fitting shoes can really do a number on your feet. How can you avoid them though? Follow our helpful tips below as a guide to find the perfect fit for your feet.
- Measure your feet or try on shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Yes, your feet actually get bigger as the days goes on – as you walk and stand through the day, your feet expand under your weight. You should measure your foot from the back of your heel to the tip of your big toe.
- The majority of people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. Always find shoes by choosing a size that fits your bigger foot.
- When trying on shoes, make sure there is up to ½” of space left between the end of your big toe (or longest toe) and the end of the shoe.
- Ensure that the toe box of the shoe is wide and roomy enough for your toes.
- Always shop for shoes depending on how well they fit your feet, not based on the size number.
- Make sure there is enough room for the ball of your foot – it should fit comfortably at the widest part of your shoe.
- Your heel should not slip up and down inside the shoe as you walk, they should be stable with minimal slippage as your move.
- Don’t buy shoes that are too small, hoping that they’ll stretch out.
- Buy shoes that fit the shape of your foot.
- The upper of your shoe should be made of material that will conform to your foot.
- Spend time walking in the shoes to make sure the fit is correct and comfortable.
- Choose a pair of shoes that accommodate your arch type (ex. for flat feet, find a pair of shoes with extra arch support).
- Make sure the shoes you get will keep your feet comfortable if you have to stand or walk for long periods of time.
- Wear comfy, moisture wicking socks with your shoes.
Easy, right? If you just follow these simple tips, you’ll be sure to find a shoe with the kind of fit you’ve always wanted.