10 Tips to a Great Shoe Fit

Robert Kosofsky, D.P.M.
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Piscataway & Hillsborough Podiatrist, Dr. Robert Kosofsky has over 25 years of experience.

10 easy steps to the best fitting shoes! A new pair of shoes can set your whole mindset. However, being stuck in an ill-fitting shoe can be frustrating and very painful. Follow this guide to always feel great in a new pair of shoes.

1. Your Size Will Change- Your shoe size may change depending on the shoe you wear. It will not be the same in every shoe which is why you have to measure your feet every time you buy a new pair. Also, you cannot rely on the size marked on the shoe; you should always try on the shoes.

2. They're not the Same- You need to measure both feet when you are buying new shoes. Many people do not realize their feet can be and most likely are two different sizes.

3. Don't Fool Yourself- If you have wide feet, you will not be able to fit into narrow, pointy shoes. It's just a fact of life.

4. First Impressions Mean Everything-If while you are trying on the shoes, it feels too tight, loose, its rubbing or any other irritation- it is not going to fit when you get them home either. It should feel comfortable from the moment you put them on.

5. Your Feet are Longer than You Think- As you walk, your feet will spread out and grow longer in your shoe. Make sure the shoes you buy will accommodate this change.  You should have approximately 1/2 "of space in the toe box.

6. Your Feet are Wider Than You Think-  As you walk, your feet will need ample space to bend, make sure your shoes are not too tight in this area, especially as you walk.

7. Don't Slip- If you are having problems with your heels sliding out of a shoe, try a smaller size. If the smaller size is too tight, get a different shoe altogether. Sadly, the shoe just may not be right for your foot.

8. Space it Out- Make sure you have enough space for your orthotics or inserts. You should always try on new shoes with your orthotics and the type of socks you will be wearing with that shoe to make sure you have enough space.

9. Act it Out- Make sure you are choosing shoes appropriate for the activity you are going to be using them for, and you take into account how your feet will change throughout the day and during different activities.

10. Walk it Out- Make sure you walk around the store for at least 10 minutes to accurately feel out the shoe. Just standing up will not give you an accurate gauge of how they will fit. Do a couple laps around the store.