Tips for shoe shopping

October 27, 2003

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that consumers follow these tips when shopping for shoes:

  • Try on new shoes at the end of the day for the best fit. Feet are at their smallest earlier in the day.

  • Measure both feet. No two feet are the same size, and as you age, your feet get longer and wider. Purchase shoes for the larger foot.

  • Wiggle your toes in the shoes. If you can't, the shoes are probably too small.

  • Walk around the store to ensure a comfortable fit before buying.

  • Don't rely on the shoe to stretch and fit. Shoes should feel good when you try them on.

  • Make sure the widest part of your foot fits comfortably, but securely, in the shoe.

  • Don't wear a shoe with a heel higher than 2 1/4 inches.

  • There should be a 1/2-inch space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.

  • Shoes should be fitted carefully to your heel as well as your toes.

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