1. Shop at the end of the day
Feet are at their largest then, so you’ll get a better fit when you try shoes at this time.
2. Shoes should not feel loose
Heels should not slip out of shoes, and feet and toes should not have to work to hold your shoes in place.
3. Shoes should never need to be ‘broken in’
If they are not immediately comfortable, they don’t fit the shape of your foot.
4. Alternate shoes
Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. Let them breathe so they won’t collect moisture and develop fungus.
Shoes should be wide and deep enough so you can freely wiggle your toes
If the outline of your feet is visible against your shoes, they are a poor fit.
6. Allow 1 cm of space
This should be measure between your longest toe and the inside tip of the shoe or toe box.
7. Decide on feel, not numbers
Shoe sizes vary between different styles and brands. When trying on shoes, walk around to ensure they feel comfortable.
8. Choose shoes with uppers made from breathable material
Synthetic or rubber soles are also ideal for shock-absorbency.
9. Have feet measured before you buy
Foot size changes with age and weight. One foot tends to be larger than the other, so buy shoes to fit the larger foot.