Foot problems will affect most of us at some point in our lives. One general recommendation that will ease the discomfort of most common foot problems is proper fitting shoes. Poorly fitting shoes can make symptoms of foot pain worse and in many cases be the primary cause of the problem. It is important to purchase footwear that fits properly from the moment you buy them. Never buy footwear hoping they will “break in” later.
People are more than twice as likely to purchase their footwear too small. Signs that your shoes fit too small include “foot cramping” or “falling asleep” while walking or running as well as blistering on or between your toes. Properly fitted shoes allow adequate room to freely wiggle your toes. Poorly fitting shoes can also cause or aggravate bunions, calluses, hammertoes, and other common foot problems. For many people with more serious conditions like diabetes, proper fitting footwear is even more critical.
There are many things to consider when purchasing new footwear. The fit and support of the footwear are the two most important. You can benefit from having your feet measured and professionally fitted by experts who understand the way footwear is supposed to fit. Canadian Footwear has those fitting experts who can help you make the right choice.
Here are some points to consider regarding proper shoe fit:
When purchasing footwear it is important to recognize that you have a “foot size” and not a “shoe size.” Every footwear manufacturer will use different patented “lasts” or foot forms to make their footwear. A size “8D” for example will vary in fit from brand to brand and even between styles within the same brand. This is where the expertise of our professional shoe fitters is a benefit as they understand the subtle differences in product fit between the many brands and styles. They also understand the fit differences between footwear categories.
Here is an example of some common fitting differences between the different categories of footwear:
If you wear a Men’s 8 in an athletic shoe you may likely wear a 7-7.5 in a dress shoe, a 7 in a steel toe work boot and an 8.5 or 9 in a snowmobile boot.
These sizes may vary again when we compare brands and specific styles.
Some brands provide a variety of quality footwear that offer multiple width fittings. The likelihood of finding footwear that fits you perfectly is much greater when you wear brands that offer multiple width fittings. As with most things we wear, the correct width is as important as the correct length. Imagine buying a pair of blue jeans if they only had an inseam measurement and no waist measurement!
Some brands may not use the same standardized widths and simply refer to their footwear as narrow, medium, wide etc… The key to remember is that in the end, the size and width written on the box doesn’t matter, it’s the FIT of shoe on your foot that matters! When choosing footwear and undecided between sizes, you are better off to choose the larger size. It is much easier to adjust the fit of a bigger shoe with socks, insoles or a different lacing pattern than it is to try and make a short shoe longer.
There are several factors that determine whether a shoe will offer good support: