10 TIPS TO GET THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR FOOT
The importance of proper fitting shoes:
Wearing athletic shoes that are comfortable and fit your feet can help prevent injuries such as blisters and calluses. Athletic shoes that fit properly may also help you stick with your exercise program.
1. Shop late in the day when your feet are biggest. The size of your feet can increase up to half a shoe size during the course of a single day of standing or walking because of swelling.
2. Try on shoes with the socks you will exercise in.
3. Have both feet measured in width and length. For most people, both feet are not the same shoe size.
4. If the shoe does not feel right when you try it on, do not buy it.
5. Walk around the store to check for comfort and cushioning. You should try to simulate athletic movements of a particular activity to determine if the shoe will perform properly. Walk around in the shoes, jog in place, jump around (try to do these things on the tile and not just carpeting).
6. Stand on your tiptoes to make sure that your heel does not come out of the shoe.
7. Make sure that the shoe bends easily under the ball of your foot. Make sure there is no tightness or rubbing, and that the shoe’s arch support matches up with your foot’s arch.
8. After lacing, make sure that the lace holes on either side of the shoe are at least one inch apart. If they are too close, you will not have enough room to adjust the laces. If they are more than two inches apart, the shoes may be too tight.
9. Make sure the front of the shoe is wide enough so that your toes can spread, and make sure your longest toe is about the width of a thumbnail from the end of the shoe by pressing down with your thumb.
10. If you have some old athletic shoes, bring them with you. Most shoe professionals can determine your gait based on the wear of your old shoes.