If you’re over the age of five, you probably know your own shoe size. You may not think that you need help getting your own shoes properly fitted by a professional because it’s common sense, right?

One would think.

But, there’s actually more to sizing than meets the eye. When you’re on your feet for eight hours a day, your shoes need to fit perfectly. Or else…the improperly fitted shoe demons will haunt you until you find yourself cursing the creator of the first ever pair of shoes (there’s a history lesson here that this writer knows nothing about). Let’s meet some demons that you’ll need to avoid:

The Piercing Pincher

Picture this: You arrive at work for your first day with your new pair of slip-resistant shoes. You’re feeling confident, safe, and looking great with all of the stylish swagger that your shoes provide.

Flash forward five hours: the toe of your shoe is so tight around your big toe that you’ve lost all feeling in it. Does your big toe even still exist down there? These are the questions you’re asking yourself while praying that the minute hand on the clock ticks faster to your next break.

This horrible scenario could have all been avoided if you had been fitted by a professional. They would know exactly where your big toe should be within the shoe while standing, and they’d feel it and double check with you before you ever leave the store or shoemobile. Next time, do this and don’t end up questioning whether your big toe is still there during your first day in your new shoes.

The Stinging Slipper

“But they felt ok when I tried them on in the store!” Those are the famous last words of someone who tried on shoes and didn’t bother to test them out by walking around the store on a carpeted surface before buying them.

Imagine: You’re walking into work with your new pair of shoes on and notice that they’re a bit big and slip when you walk. Oh well; you’re late for work and need to get inside to start your shift.

Flash forward three hours: the dinner rush is in full swing and your new shoe demons have created two or three blisters across your feet the size of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot! If one more customer asks you to walk the entirety of the restaurant for an extra napkin, you’re going to place the shoes in the parking lot and run them over and over until they become a part of the pavement.

Now, if you had gotten your shoes properly fitted by one of our experts, you would know exactly how long and wide the shoe should be to fit your feet. Our expert would explain to you that the ball of your foot should rest on the widest part of your shoe and would also have you walk around the store in the shoes to ensure that they don’t slip. Next time, do this and don’t end up making your new shoes a part of the pavement outside.

Any questions? Feel free to visit our sizing and fitting page here to read about specific shoe sizes and width letters.