Important Tips for Choosing the Right Shoe Size
Choosing the right shoe size is vital as shoes that are too tight will pinch and rub against your feet, which in turn can cause bunions, calluses, and pain. Shoes that are too loose will actually start to come off as you walk and you can easily lose them or find it difficult to walk. In some cases you may need different sizes of shoes for different reasons, such as purchasing larger sneakers or hiking boots than strappy sandals so you have room for thick socks.
If you haven’t sized your feet in some years, it’s important to do this soon as feet will change sizes over the years. They often get a half size or a full size bigger as you age, and bunions can need a wider shoe size so they don’t rub against the shoe. If you’ve gained or lost weight this too will affect your shoe size respectively, so it’s good to get your feet sized every year or so, especially after you hit the age of 40.
The first thing you should do before you buy another pair of shoes is have your feet measured. Most shoe stores will have a foot measuring tool; this is just a small metal scale on which you put your foot and then use sliders to tell you the length and width. These tools will then tell you the best shoe size in both U.S. and U.K. numbers. They also typically tell you the actual measurements of your feet in inches and centimeters so you can order specialized shoes online, if you need an odd size or measurement.
Once you have your measurements, you don’t want to try to squeeze your feet into something smaller simply because you don’t like the numbers you see. If you know that you need a wide width, always choose this for your shoes no matter what. If one foot is wider than the other, choose a wide size for your feet and use tissue or a small piece of cloth in the shoe with the more narrow foot. Do the same if you have two different lengths for your feet, which is not unusual. If one foot is size 8-1/2 and the other would fit an even size 8, choose the 8-1/2 and use some cotton or tissue in front of your smaller foot.
When you can’t find shoes that fit in your favorite store, go online. Many shoes today are available in more size choices online, as online retailers typically don’t warehouse all their stock but simply process orders. This means they can offer more choices than an actual retailer with limited shelf space. Always choose a size that works for your feet so you can stay comfortable and protect your feet all day.