When you’re trying on some new shoes, REMEMBER these 6 shoe fitting tips:
1.The size of your feet continually change- yes, you stop growing at around 25, but as you age your skeleton relaxes, which could cause your feet to grow AT ANY AGE! Ideally you should measure your feet before every purchase, or at least once a year.
2. It’s pretty normal to have one foot slightly larger than the other, so make sure you get a size closest to the larger foot (it’s better to be a bit bigger than a bit smaller!).
3. What you’re really looking for is a nice tight fit around the heel of your shoe. We don’t want your shoes sliding up and down your ankles as this can cause serious problems in the long run. Try to get something snug.
4. Ideally there should be about half an inch, or 1-1.5cm, between your big toe and the inside of the shoe. This isn’t a hard rule but is generally accept as a competent way of telling whether your shoes are the right size. Another great way of telling whether the fit is to slip your index and middle finger down the back of your shoe (make a gun hand!). Do they fit comfortably or do you really have to ram them in there? If you do, maybe you should look at going up half a size.
5. The last one when you’re getting your shoe fitting done, and probably the most important, is that if they don’t initially feel comfortable, they probably won’t ever be. ‘Wearing shoes in’ is definitely not the best way to go about buying a new pair of shoes – if they’re not comfy, move on and find a new pair!
6. Wear the correct socks – if you’re going to be wearing trainer socks with the shoes, wear trainer socks. If you’re probably going to wear athletic socks, wear athletic socks… you get the idea.