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Summary: An interesting look at finding the right shoes for your feet. Poorly fitting shoes can cause all sorts of problems which are easily avoided with a little care.
There is nothing worse than a pair of shoes that don’t fit properly. Either you get sore, pinched toes because your shoes are too small or too tight and rub, or you get sore heels because your shoes are too big and slip and slide up and down the heel as you walk. No two pairs of feet are alike, yet we are accustomed to a limited range of sizes in most high street shops. It’s also quite common for people to have feet which are slightly different shapes, so with all of these variables, how can you be sure your new shoes are going to fit?
The first thing that happens when you take a child to get a new pair of shoes is that the assistant gets out the board for them to put their feet on and get measured. It’s not only the length of the foot which is measured, a second measurement is taken around the widest part of the foot to see what width fitting they are. Most adults know what size they generally take, but are unaware of how wide their feet are, even though this measurement can really affect how well shoes fit.
It sounds blindingly obvious but it is going to be almost impossible to know whether shoes are going to fit you properly if you haven’t tried them on. Internet shopping does often mean that you have access to a wider range of brands than in your local high street, but the disadvantage is that if you are buying a brand you are unfamiliar with it is almost impossible to know how they are going to fit. One tactic is to order a couple of different sizes and then return the pair which do not fit.
When trying shoes on in store, make the process easier on yourself by asking an assistant for help. They will know their stock better than anyone, and if you find a pair of shoes which you like but that slip off your heel, they can suggest alternatives. If your feet are wider or narrower than standard, look for brands such as Clarks or Rieker shoes which either come in a variety of width fittings or are designed to accommodate a range of shapes and sizes of feet. Also bear in mind that just because one pair of Rieker shoes fits perfectly, that doesn’t mean you can pick up another pair in the same range or by a different manufacturer and expect them to fit perfectly too. It really is a matter of trial and error.
Shoes with laces, Velcro or buckles are designed to fit a wider range of foot shapes and sizes than shoes which just slip on and off. Slip on shoes are ideal for those with a standard foot shape, but those with narrow feet may feel the shoes are like boats, and those with wide feet may struggle to even get their feet in the shoe in the first place. With laces or Velcro, you have the flexibility to pull your shoes tight, or leave them looser.