What could there possibly be to say about buying shoes – you go to the store, you pick out something you like, find your size, maybe you try them on, they look pretty good, you take a quick walk up and down the aisle, you pay and walk out. Your closet’s full of shoes, you know how it goes, you’ve got this. Right?
Well, not exactly. Podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has a lot more recommendations for you when it comes to buying the right pair of shoes for you. Here are 5 great suggestions for getting a shoe that fits well:
- Shop for shoes late in the day. Your feet tend to swell some as the day progresses, so fit your feet when they’re largest – toward the end of the day.
- Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes. Just because you were a size 10 last time doesn’t mean you couldn’t be a 10 1/2 or even a 10 wide this time around. Feet can change size over time, depending on things like whether we’ve gained weight, if we’ve recently gone through a pregnancy, or how many years they’ve spent servicing us (older feet tend to flatten out).
- Consider any deformities that have cropped up. Not only do feet change size over the years, they can change shape, too. Bunions, hammer toes, claw toes, and mallet toes are all deformities that can influence the style of shoe you’re forced to buy. If you’ve got a bony protuberance at the base of your toe – that’s a bunion – you’re not going to be comfortably in a narrow-toed shoe. Go for the wider toe box if your feet have changed shape.
- Keep the heel out of the stratosphere. 4-inch heels may make a woman feel great, but her feet would never say the same. High heels put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot and even put your knees, hips, and back out of alignment. You do your feet a great favor if you limit your heel height to 2 inches.
- Try before you buy. A 10-second walk around the store may not be enough to determine if anything rubs or hurts. Take your time and make sure the shoe isn’t putting pressure on your toes or letting your heel slip around.