Buying perfectly fitting slippers and shoes is a bit of an art form, but one that’s well worth learning. Our feet are a much-used asset, and if you look after them properly you can save yourself a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
To help you find the perfect fit, we’ve come up with this buyers guide to shoe fitting.
1. The size of your feet changes as you get older, so always make sure you get measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure is at the end of the day, as your feet are largest then.
2. Don’t go by the size marked on the shoe – only use it as a guide. Always make sure that you try shoes on properly before wearing them out of the house, so that you can exchange them if they don’t fit.
3. As most people have one foot larger than the other, make sure you fit you shoes to your largest foot.
4. Select shoes that suit your foot shape. For example, a narrower foot may better suit a narrow heel or pointed toe. Wider larger feet my better suit a square or rounded toe.
5. Make sure there is enough space between your big toe and the end of the shoe. When you put pressure on you foot, or when you walk, your toe should not touch the end of your shoe.
6. Don’t buy shoes expecting them to stretch – always get a good fit from the start.
7. Where possible use breathable materials that don’t make your feet sweat as much. When your feet get hot they can start to sweat, which may mean that your shoes become uncomfortable.