What to Consider When Buying Shoes

When it’s time to buy a new pair of shoes, many people will immediately jump to style over substance. While the pair you just bought may be aesthetically pleasing, if they don’t fit you correctly, the health of your feet is at risk. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we want all our patients to stay pain-free. To help facilitate this process, we’d like to offer some beneficial tips on what to consider the next time you need to buy a pair of shoes.

Shop For Shoes At Night

The best time to shop for a new pair of shoes is to always do so at night, or at least later in the day. Throughout a normal day of movement, your feet will swell to a larger size than they were when you woke up. If you go shoe shopping early in the morning, there is a good chance you’ll inadvertently buy a pair of shoes that are too small for you.  

Make Sure They Fit Right

Numerous factors go into making sure that a new pair of shoes fit right. Picking out a pair solely based on looks can lead to copious amounts of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, our podiatrists at Great Neck Family Foot Care know exactly what to look for when it comes to shoe selection. To determine if a pair of shoes fit right, we recommended focusing on the below:

  • The toe box is wide enough to prevent friction.
  • Each shoe fits snugly but not tight enough to cut off circulation.
  • Your heel rests firmly against the back of the shoe.

Trust Your Feelings

The size number that is listed for the shoe should not be the “be all end all” for your decision. A shoe that is listed as a size six for one brand can be a size seven in another. Before bringing the shoes to the cash register, be sure to try them on. You’ll be surprised just how much shoe sizes can vary. 

More Advice

There is no shortage of things to focus on when trying to buy a new pair of shoes. Along with the previously mentioned topics, make sure to also consider the below the next time you head to the store:

  • Try shoes on with the socks you’re likely to wear with them.
  • Walk around the store when you try them on.
  • Never buy shoes based on looks alone.
  • Check to make sure the soles of the shoes offer good traction.

Contact Us

Buying a new pair of shoes should not condemn your feet to an existence filled with pain. Contact us today and learn more about what needs to be considered the next time you buy a new pair of shoes.