Shoe Shopping: Four Tips to Get the Perfect Fit

Choosing the right type of footwear can prevent a multitude of problems. Sure, how the shoes look is important, but your priority should be to find shoes that offer a comfortable fit for your feet. If you don’t, you may be setting yourself up for a pair of ill-fitting shoes that can cause pain and discomfort. To help make the selection process easier, here are a few tips on selecting a “better fitting shoe”.

  • Allocate a good amount of your time on shopping for shoes. You may not find the right shoe in the first store you browse in so be prepared to visit a few more until you find the right one. Don’t ever settle, because the health of your feet—and consequently your overall health—depends on it.

  • Try on a pair of shoes in the size that feels fine, then practice using it on a hard floor. Later, try on a half-size larger. Few people realize that a larger shoe may actually fit or feel better.

  • Again, use comfort as the main criteria. Often, the perfect shoes are the ones that feel good the moment you slip your feet in them.

  • Some shoes come in different widths, so ask the shoe store about this. You may need a shoe with a wider or narrower width to get the best fit.

Follow the tips above and avoid wearing shoes that can only lead to unwanted aches and pains, including a possible trip to the doctor.

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