Not many can tell their exact shoe size. Most people will have varying responses when it comes to shoe sizes. The primary reason for this is most brands use different molds for making shoes. This can result in radical differences in shoe sizes, at times even within the same brand.

As you get older, your foot size changes. With regular stretch and strain, your shoe size may not be the same as it used to be even two years ago. Hence, buying shoes online is a bad idea even if you think you know what size you wear for a specific brand. The old-fashioned way of buying shoes still works the best to obtain the right fit.

How to select the right pair of shoes?

Finding the right sized shoe for yourself requires some consideration. Here is a list of tips that will help you to select the best fit.

Always measure your feet

Your foot size has changed a lot over the years. Just like how you would ask the salesperson to measure your shoe size when you were five years old, finding the right fit is about measuring your foot size. There will be variations in measurement, when it comes to having your feet measured by a professional to doing it yourself. An expert’s help will give you a better idea of what size you need.

Make sure to stand when your feet are being measured. When you stand you put some weight on your feet, which may cause some swelling. Ask the salesperson at the shoe store to measure both feet, as there might be some variations in size from one foot to the other. Some difference in foot size for your feet may not matter, but for those people whose both feet can vary in sizes from one another significantly, might need to purchase two pairs of shoes.

Shop at the end of day

As previously stated, you must stand when your feet are being measured because it swells. Well, they also increase in size and shape from day-long use. Whether you’re moving around the house, getting up from your desk, or trailing in the wild – your feet will swell in size from morning till night. Shop for shoes at the day’s end for the better size.

Wear a pair of socks

Put on your socks when you’re going shoe shopping. If you are buying heels, then don’t try them over woolen socks. Similarly, if you’re buying running shoes, don’t wear them over thin tights. Also, if you’re not wearing them, just bring the right kind, so that you can try them on when shopping for shoes.

Follow the general guidelines

If you’re unsure about what shoe size fits you, then there are some standard guidelines about following the shoe size chart. Have about one-inch of space at the back of the shoe otherwise you’ll end up rubbing your heel. If the pair is too loose, your foot will slop in and out causing blisters. Make sure there is half-a-inch of space between the top of your toes and shoe end. The toes of your feet should sit comfortably in the space without getting squashed.

Check flexibility of the sole

Notice where your foot breaks and check to see whether the pair you’re wearing breaks at exactly the same place as well. If not, you must re-consider your choice of shoe as it can get rather uncomfortable going forward.

Walk around the store in them

The best way to understand whether your feet feel comfortable in a pair of shoes is to walk in it. Make sure you feel good walking. Although, this is evident but not many people take more than a few steps when trying on shoes. That’s not good enough and will not make you feel anything. Ask the salesperson if you can walk outside the store too.

Some athletic stores will have a treadmill for customers to check the proper fit of sports shoes. There might just be a place in the store where you can take a quick run as well. Apart from the fit, there are a lot more factors that must be considered when choosing the right pair of shoes. The more you can look up, more are the chances of being sure about your purchase.

Find out about the store’s return policy

Make sure that you understand the stores rules of return/exchange of shoes prior to your purchase. Certain stores only take back shoes that are in an unworn condition. Some will not return shoes once sold. There will also be stores that will be okay with you returning the pair of shoes you bought from them after use as well. So, know exactly how much the vendor is comfortable with product returns by checking out their return/exchange policies.

Look at the length and width

Remember to measure your foot length and width as some feet may be narrower, especially for women. Don’t end up with one that will cause painful calluses and blisters later.

The ultimate shoe size charts

Buy the right fit now

Many people think that since shoes might stretch it is better to go with the exact or a slightly smaller size. No, not all shoes do. In that case, if they don’t it will make you feel uncomfortable. Hence, do not buy shoes with the hope that they would fit you perfectly in the future.

Examine the stitching method

Well made and durable shoes will have at least double rows of stitching to seal the upper and lower seams

Now that you know the facts, go and pick the right pair of shoes for yourself. Take time to understand and follow these guidelines so that you end up with nicely fitted shoes, every time.