11 December 2009

Important points when buying shoes


When buying shoes there are several factors to consider.

Buy shoes in the afternoon because your feet will be slightly larger in the afternoon. Bear in the mind that the shape of the shoe should be similar to the shape of the foot and make sure they fit the longer and/or larger foot rather than the smaller foot.

Every so often it is a good idea to get both feet measured (don’t just get one foot measured). Make sure the sales assistant measures the length and width of your feet, rather than just the length. Always get the measurements checked when you are standing rather than sitting as this can make a big difference to the size – your feet will probably be longer when you are standing. You also need to be aware that shoe measuring devices (such as a Brannock device – the metal thing you put your feet on) only give a guide to your size. So if you measure a size 6 just be aware that it doesn’t mean you definitely need a size 6, rather it is that size 6 is a good starting point for you to try first. In the end you might be more comfortable in a shoe a half size larger or smaller depending on your foot shape. Also, shoe sizes are not standardised and they can vary between different manufacturers so just because you are a size 6 in one shoe doesn’t mean you will always be a size 6 in another manufacturer’s shoe.

When you have selected your favourite shoe always try on both of the shoes and walk, march, stomp around the shop, go up on your tip toes, twist, do some salsa dancing, don’t just stand up and shuffle one or two steps. Shoes don’t normally have to be broken in and should be comfortable from day one. Don’t buy shoes expecting them to stretch. If the shoes don’t fit properly or they hurt you buy a larger size or select a different style.


10 December 2009

Do your shoes fit properly?


  • Is the toe box large enough? Can you wiggle your toes? If you can comfortably wiggle your toes there should be enough room for your toes when you walk
  • Is the shoe long enough? There should be about ½ inch or 1 cm from the longest toe to the end of shoe when you are standing. Lift your longest toe up so it is touching the shoe and press with your thumb to feel where the toe is
  • Are the shoes wide enough? Rub your thumb across the widest part of the foot/shoe. If the leather/fabric moves slightly then the shoes are the correct width. If the leather/fabric ripples significantly the shoes are too wide. If the leather/fabric looks tight across the forefoot, your foot is wider than the sole or you can see parts of your feet bulging through the shoes then the shoes are too tight.
  • Does your heel fit in the shoe snugly? The heel must not rub or slip.
  • Is the ball of your foot in the widest part of the shoe? If it isn’t then the shoe won’t flex in the right place when you walk
  • Does any part of the shoe pinch or rub? The shoes are not right for you.


22 November 2009

Lacing my new Ecco Boots

Here I am relacing my new Ecco Boots

Ecco Boots - laces

Here are my new Ecco boots relaced. The laces are supposed to just go once through the first eyelet holes and the tab at the front of the boot. However I have found it is much better to go through the tab twice as it seems to lift the laces higher rather then lower them onto the foot. Experiment with relacing your shoes yourself to change the way they feel. It can make a big difference.

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My name is Sue Ferguson and I am a chiropodist and podiatrist working in private practice in Tenterden, Kent, in the south east of England.

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