1. Shoe sizes are not standard. Sizes vary between shoe brands and styles. A size 8M from one manufacturer might fit like a size 8N from another. Don’t select shoes by the size marked on the shoe – start with a size range and go from there.
2. Have both feet measured every time you purchase a pair of shoes. Over the course of your lifetime, your feet will change in both size and shape. For many people, one foot is slightly longer and/or wider than the other, so fit the largest foot first.
Bonus tip: Go to a shoe store that measures both feet and wear the type of socks you will use for the specific activity.
3. Select shoes that match the shape of your foot. If your foot shape matches your shoe shape, you’re on the right track to a good shoe fit.
4. When you shop for shoes, try on various types and styles. Judge shoes by how they fit your feet. Don’t select any style that feels too tight, too loose, or irritates parts of your foot. If shoes feel too snug or too loose at the try-on state, your feet may hurt later on.
5. Shoes should be as wide as your feet, and longer. When shoes contact the ground during walking or running, feet elongate.
Bonus tip: Allow adequate space (3/8” to ½”) at the end of the shoe for your longest toe.
6. Make sure the widest part of your foot (the “ball”) fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. This match permits shoes to bend where your feet flex, giving you a more functional and more comfortable wearing experience.
7. Heels should fit comfortably in the shoes. Don’t buy shoes too small just to avoid heel slippage. If your foot has excess slippage in the heel of your shoe, try a different shoe, or ask your shoe fitter to make some minor adjustments.