Buying good quality shoes that fit correctly goes a long way in preventing foot problems. It’s not about brand names or price. You need shoes that fit your feet. Here are ten tips on how to buy shoes that are right for you.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are the largest.
Bring the socks that you plan to wear with the shoes to ensure a better fit. Most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other foot. Fit your shoe to your largest foot.
- Your feet can change sizes as you age.
So, it isn’t just children who need to measure for shoe size. Ask a salesperson to measure your foot for shoe size. Standing on the foot being measured gives the most accuracy.
- Give your shoes a workout in the store.
Walk around in the store. Run in place if you are buying running shoes.
- Our feet swell a little when you are on them, so keep in mind that your feet need a little room in shoes.
Avoid shoes that are too short by making sure there is a thumb’s width between the tip of the shoe and your big toe. The ball of your foot should bit in the widest part of the shoe. Choose a wider shoe instead of half size bigger if the shoes are too tight.
- Don’t buy uncomfortable shoes that you need to “break in”.
If the shoes are too tight or rub your foot in the store, you will be miserable after wearing them a short time.
- Look at the sole of the shoe.
Is it thick enough to stand up to everyday wear? If it is so thin that you feel every step in the store, it can put more pressure on your ankles and legs. You need flexibility and support. Choose a shoe with a sole that can take the pounding of daily walking.
- Leather and fabric shoes mold to the shape of your foot when worn regularly.
In the end, they will be more comfortable than manmade materials that don’t have as much flexibility. A good quality shoes provides support and durability that is worth paying a little more.
- Look for shoes that fit your fashion style while still protecting your feet.
High heels, platform shoes and other trendy styles can create many foot problems over time. Avoid wearing these types of shoes.
- If you are an athlete or just a weekend player, your shoes need to match your sport.
Talk to the salesperson and research potential sport shoes before you buy. Like other shoes, they should feel comfortable from the onset.
- Even the best quality shoes wear over time.
Then, support diminishes. Replace worn shoes.