75% of Americans will suffer from foot pain at least once in their life.
A major reason for this is not getting the right size shoes but, luckily, that can be avoidable. Not sure how? Don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know about proper shoe fitting.
1. Measure Your Feet
Ask your friend to help measure your feet before shopping because you must stand tall and look straight ahead. Make sure you’re standing when measuring because your feet spread out more.
Focus on measuring your arch length which runs from the heel to the ball of your foot (where you big toe joint bends). The bend in your big toe must match where your shoe bends for ultimate comfort.
When you try on new shoes, rise up onto your toes. If they bend before or after the toe joint, it’s not a good fit for your arch length.
2. Wear Appropriate Socks
To guarantee a proper shoe fit, wear socks that you would normally wear with the shoes you’re trying on. For example, if you’re shopping for athletic shoes then wear the thickness of socks you’d often wear with them.
3. Leave 1/2-Inch at the Front of the Shoe, 1/8 at the Back
Before Googling “how should shoes fit”, know that there must be 1/2-inch between the end of your longest toe and the end of the front of the shoe.
“How tight should shoes be?” You ask.
You don’t want the back of your shoe to be too tight against the back of your heel as it’ll cause blisters. Aim to get 1/8 inch between the back of your heel and the shoe.
4. Walk With Both Shoes On
Don’t be afraid to take your time and try both shoes on. Walk around the store and on different surfaces (e.g. carpet or tile), if possible. The shoes should be comfortable right away. Is there enough room at the balls of your feet? Do they fit snugly, pinch, or slip off?
Don’t buy them hoping they’ll be comfortable enough to wear eventually. It’s also important that you’re the real judge because sizes vary between manufacturers.
4. Get Expert Help
If you’re still unsure how to tell if shoes fit, go to a shoe store that offers professional and personalized shoe fitting. This should take about 45 minutes and you’ll leave knowing your accurate size so you can start shopping.
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And That’s How to Do a Successful Shoe Fitting!
It’s essential to get a shoe fitting before buying your dream shoes. Remember that sizes vary between manufacturers so come equipped with accurate measurements to ensure they fit. Don’t be embarrassed to walk around the store to get a feel for the shoe and to ensure the design of the shoe supports your feet well. Happy shopping!
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