The following are great tips for buying shoes the right way:
- Make sure you have time to purchase your shoes
- NEVER buy your shoes in a hurry.
- Look at the shoe and compare to the shape of your foot, some feet are oblong, square or round, they should be similar.
- Make sure the shoe is approximately 1⁄2 “ longer than your longest toe when standing.
- Use your regular size of a shoe as a guide only as makes and styles can vary tremendously.
- It will be ideal to have your feet fitted every few years as your shoe size increases with age.
- The shoe should have an effective fastening e.g. lace –up, functional “T” bar, or strap sandal.
- The heel of the shoe must not slip.
- It should also fit snug and should not rub
- There should be a deep toe box to allow the toes to function and correct width to accommodate the widest part of your foot.
- Consider orthopaedic type shoes if your foot is difficult to fit, bunions, clawed toes etc.
- Leather uppers are preferable as leather is flexible and can mould to the foot. Not all shoes should be required to stretch.
- Purchase your shoes when your feet are at their largest usually in the afternoon.
- Spend a few minutes in the shoes walking to check that they are comfortable, wiggle your toes.
- Expensive style shoes are different to orthopaedic footwear be clear on the reason you want the shoes, style shoes for going comfortable sensible shoes for work.
- Know your size, and remember all shoes have a different way they size shoes. Use your size as a starting point for fitting shoes.
- Worry about fit not style and size.
*Always seek the advice of your Podiatrist