A Girl’s Best Friend- SHOES SHOES and More SHOES!!

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway & Hillsborough, NJ

A Girl’s Best Friend SHOES SHOES and more SHOES!!  

What is Your Shoe Size?

If your like me when you go buy shoes, you're probably sprinting to the closest salesperson (after finding the cutest shoes) to ask for your size (or any size that is available in a half size smaller or bigger). You can't wait for the actual excitement of holding the shoes in your hand and putting them on your feet, and making them yours! This behavior shows no patience….During this common reactive process we don’t dare stop to have our feet measured! The person next to you maybe ordering THE SAME TYPE, AND STYLE, AND SIZE SHOE you are, and she may get that shoe over you. 

This crazed shopping competition and the idea that you may not get your dream shoe because of a silly thing like shoe size is a nightmare. Now, I know some of you maybe thinking...only crazy people do that!!! This maybe a little crazy, but this is a woman’s reality.  And although men don’t like to admit this, I think that deep down they get those butterflies when ordering or even holding that special pair of shoes as well.

After a recent shopping expedition, in the midst of a HUGE sale, I stopped and asked myself… When was the last time I had my shoe size measured. My eyes opened wide and I began to laugh uncontrollably, I WAS 12 YEAR OLD!! ---Maybe that s why all my shoes feel like they are made for my nieces.

Not even after having my son, 2 years ago, and knowing that shoe size changes are VERY common following pregnancy, I refused to have my shoe size measured. I continued to squeeze my unknown size foot into my "too tight" Size 7 shoes. And I am guessing that I am not the only one.

So what should we ask or look for when buying shoes? The list below should guide you, and remember its ok to ask the Salesperson, your Pedorthist or your Podiatrist to measure your shoe length and width before jumping into your new shoe.


Follow these steps and hopefully the next shoe you buy isn't just a good looking shoe, but also feels good!


  • Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.  Shoes are described as straight, slightly curved, semi-curved, and curve lasted. Generally the shape of the foot should be match by the shape of he shoe. If you are confused, trace the outline of your foot on a white paper and place the shoe you are interested in buying on top of your tracing. If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.
  • Have your feet measured regularly. Have both feet measured. For most people, one foot is larger than the other. Get a shoe measurement for your larger foot.
  • Do a fitting at the end of the day when your feet are its largest size.
  • Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8 to 1/2 inch) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
  • Make sure the ball of your foot fits snugly into the widest part of the shoe.
  • Do not purchase shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to stretch.
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