Finding a perfect pair of shoes that fit you just right can be tricky whilst some may be nice to look at, they may not be comfortable to walk in. We have put together an ultimate guide on how to select the perfect fit for your shoes.
1. As we get older our foot size increases, therefore shoes that were comfortable before may no longer fit as well. It is always good to measure your foot size before buying shoes especially if you donít buy shoes that often. Itís worth remembering that your feet are at their largest in the evening so measuring your foot size then will ensure you select the right size that will have room to accommodate your feet when slightly swollen in the evenings.
2. Another fact to keep in mind is that usually one of our feet is slightly larger than the other generally because we tend to put our weight on that foot more than the other when we stand. Always make sure to buy a shoe that fits both feet snugly.
3. Buying a shoe that fits the shape of your foot is vital in order to get a comfortable fit. Many styles of shoes are now available in wider fit, allowing maximum comfort.
4. Most retailers follow the standard shoe sizes but the fit of the shoes can vary based on the shape and style of the shoe. It is recommended to try to the shoes on before buying rather than buying them based on the size marked inside them.
5. If the base of your feet hurt when you walk itís an indication that the shoes are tight around the widest part of your feet. Make sure to test the shoes by walking around before buying. Donít buy tight shoes expecting they will stretch and expand according to your feet; some materials arenít as flexible as expected.
6. When trying on the shoes, always make sure there is enough room for your toes to sit comfortably when you are standing and walking. The shape of the shoe at the front does make a difference. Opt for the shape that best accommodates your toe length.
7. If the shoe is not the right fit, it might slip or ride up your heel causing chafing and irritation of skin. The ball of your foot and the heel should sit comfortably in the shoe with just the right grip and minimum to no slip. Cushioned ankle collars help prevent slipping and provide a soft comfortable grip.
8. Shoes with thin soles provide very little protection when walking on hard or uneven surfaces and can end up making your feet ache. Select shoes that have thicker and flexible soles and have cushioned insole to provide protection and support to the hollow of your feet.
9. Supporting the arch of the foot is extremely important. Walking in shoes that do not give much support can cause the arch of the foot to collapse which can be very painful. Buy shoes that have supportive insoles or allow additional support to be added like gel insoles.
10. When selecting high heels find out beforehand what height your feet can comfortably accommodate by standing up on your toes only high enough that it feels comfortable. Ask someone to measure the height from the floor to the bottom of your heel. This would be the height of the heeled shoes that you would be comfortable walking in. Opting for low-heeled shoes is a better option as they are safer and more comfortable to walk in.
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