Footwear specialists recommend that shoppers discuss size, width and material with store sales personnel to become better informed. Your shoe size is not a static measurement – sizes vary with style and manufacturer.
Getting the Right Fit
- Have your feet measured while standing. It’s a good idea to shop for shoes after you have been on your feet for a few hours. Even healthy, normal feet tend to swell slightly during the day.
- Shoe experts and podiatrists advise having both feet measured, since feet are seldom precisely the same size. Always buy for the larger foot.
- Beware of shoes which need a “break-in” period. Proper shoes should be comfortable immediately. Have both shoes fitted and then take a good walk around the store.
- Select shoes that provide a good comfortable fit and which give you a psychological lift. Podiatrists feel that feet, classic examples of durability and grace, can look good too.
Purchase With Function In Mind
The shoe industry provides styling versatility for everyone – men, women and children. You should select footwear based on its appropriateness, both in appearance, support and comfort. A good rule of thumb: buy footwear for function – for work, leisure time or special activities.
For Walking: Support is critical, and a lightweight, tie shoe is recommended. Specialists also advise that you look for cushioned heels and soles for bounce on hard surfaces and traction on slippery ones.
For Children: Though fit is the most important consideration in children’s shoes, function applies here, too. For every day, crepe or rubber-soled shoes help cushion the impact on growing feet better than dressier shoes with thinner soles. Buckled, “velcroe” and tied shoes stay on the foot well and are best for active, daily wear.
- A child’s shoe size should be measured regularly. Measure children’s feet as follows:
- > Up to 6 years Every 2-3 months
- > 6 – 10 years Every 3-4 months
- > 10-12 years Every 4 months
- > 12-15 years Every 5 months
- > 16 years + Every 6 months
- Look for shoes that are straight-lasted, have a firm, rigid heel counter and space at the toe.
- Make sure there is room for the child to wiggle his or her toes, that the heel isn’t slipping out of the shoe and that there is at least 1/4 inch or 65 mm width from the tip of the child’s toe to the end of the shoe.