For men and women alike, shoes are both a popular and stylish means of accessorizing your wardrobe. However, they can also bring a lot of pain and discomfort, which many women accept when choosing a stylish pair of shoes.
The purpose of shoes is to protect your feet, therefore when people wear shoes that do not comfortably fit the shape of their foot, it does not solely affect their feet but also many other body parts such as the knees, thighs, ankles, hips and back.
At ShoeLab, we understand the excitement of purchasing a new pair of shoes and the utter disappointment when they begin to hurt. However, there are many things that you can keep in mind to help you to find that perfect shoe that fits like a glove:
Take your time when choosing a shoe – Shoes that feel comfortable at the time, might not feel so comfortable after even a few minutes. It is important to walk around the store for some time in the shoe. If possible, walk on a different surface also.
Do the Thumb Test – Even if you manage to squeeze your foot into the shoe, this doesn’t mean it fits! To determine if the shoe is too small for you, you should do the thumb test! This involves ensuring the width of your thumb fits comfortably between the front of the inside of your shoe and the end of your longest toe. If you leave this space, you’re less likely to experience abrasion against the sides of the shoe.
Time of Day – Believe it or not, the time of day that you try on the shoe can have an effect on the comfort you experience. If possible, do your shoe shopping at the end of the day as your feet will have slightly expanded throughout the day. This will give you a greater insight into whether or not the shoe will fit comfortably on a day to day basis.
Heel Height – We all know the higher the heel, the higher the elongation effect it has on your legs. However, opting for heels that are not so high will take a noticeable amount of pressure off the ball of your foot.