a shoe that fits properly is critical. Yet 95
percent of consumers don't wear shoes that fit
properly. The reason? Fewer than 10 percent of
shoe salespeople have even basic training in
foot anatomy or shoe sizing.
Shoes that don't
fit can cause a variety of problems from
blisters, corns and calluses, to foot, leg and
back pain. Here are some tips on finding shoes
that fit (from the
National Shoe Retailers Association, the
Pedorthic Footwear Association and the
American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society).
Sizes may vary
among shoe brands and styles. Don't select
shoes by the size marked inside the shoe.
Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot.
Select a shoe
that conforms as nearly as possible to the
shape of your foot.
Have your feet
measured regularly. The size of your feet
changes as you grow older.
Have both feet
measured. Most people have one foot larger
than the other. Fit to the largest foot.
Fit at the end
of the day when your feet are the largest.
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 comfortable into the
widest part of the shoe.
purchase shoes that feel too tight,
expecting them to stretch to fit.
should fit comfortable in the shoe with a
minimum amount of slippage.
Walk in the
shoe to make sure it fits and feels right.
Fashionable shoes can be comfortable.