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.


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