Did you know that the size of your feet changes as you grow older? This is actually true! You may notice that a size seven fits at one point, but then the next time you buy shoes, a size 7.5 actually fits better
Buying shoes that fit isn’t as straightforward as it seems. When you browse the stores in Burlington Heights Plaza or other malls, you have many options available. However, you can’t just grab any pair of shoes from the display. You need to actually find shoes that fit your feet.
Keeping this in mind, we’ve rounded up seven tips on how to buy shoes that fit:
Tip #1: Select a Shoe Based on How It Fits
When selecting a shoe, it’s best not to use the size that’s listed inside the shoe, but rather to go by the size of your foot. It’s recommended that you measure your foot every time you go to buy shoes and then select a shoe based on that size.
Also, one foot is naturally a bit larger than the other, so it’s recommended that you shop for shoes based on the size of your larger foot. It’s also a good idea to buy shoes that fit the shape of your foot.
Pro tip: trace out your foot on a piece of paper and bring the tracing with you to the shoe store. That way, when you select a shoe, you can simply place it on your traced foot to gauge whether it will fit properly. If you happen to find a shoe that is either shorter or narrower than the tracing is, you won’t waste time trying it on. This will ensure that you get a shoe that fits your foot properly.
Tip #2: Don’t Buy Shoes That Are Too Tight
Sometimes, we fall in love with a pair of shoes but find that they fit a bit too tightly and that they are not available in a larger size. This can lead us to think that we can still buy the shoes and that they will eventually stretch and fit our feet. This is an incorrect assumption. Doing this can actually damage your feet since they are too tight. It’s best to find a pair of shoes that fit you properly from the get-go.
Tip #3: Shop for Shoes at the End of the Day
You might be thinking, “why should I wait until the end of the day to buy shoes?!”. The answer is simple: your feet naturally expand during the day, so it makes sense to shop for shoes at the end of the day when your foot is the largest! This way, you’re get shoes that fit nicely, rather than ones that are too snug or tight.
Tip #4: Make Sure There is Enough Space in the Shoe
As you are getting fitted for the shoe at the shoe store, you’ll want to ensure there is enough space for your longest toe when you stand up. If you find your toe is rubbing up against the tip of the shoe, you’ll need to get a larger size.
Tip #5: Check the Width
We tend to focus on finding shoes that fit the length of our feet and don’t pay enough attention to the width. The width is just as important as the length. If you have a wider foot, you may need to buy a shoe with a larger width. Buying a shoe a half a size bigger won’t solve this problem, so ensure that you ask the salesperson if the shoe comes in a wider size.
Tip #6: Pay Attention to Your Socks
What socks are you wearing as you get fitted? You’ll want to make sure that the socks you are wearing at the store are the same socks you’ll be wearing in your day-to-day life. If it’s summer and you’re wearing sandals, bring a pair of socks with you. The small socks they give you at the store will not be the same as the ones you’ll be wearing everyday, so avoid using these.
Tip #7: Walk in the Shoes to Make Sure They Fit
A good rule of thumb is to walk in your shoes for some time to ensure the fit is a good one. If the store has a return policy, bring the shoes home and walk around on your carpet to see how they fit. The more you walk in them, the better you will be able to tell if they fit. Here are some additional things to look out for:
How is your heel fitting in the shoe? It should fit comfortably and not slip. If the shoes ride up and down on your heel as you walk, this means they do not fit properly.
Also, pay close attention to the ball of your foot. You’ll want to ensure that it fits comfortably into the widest area of the shoe.