Should I get my Foot measured?

The one common mistake most people make is not getting their foot measured on a regular basis. This will help you make sure that your shoes fit properly and will help eliminate fitting mistakes that cost you comfort and money. The next time you go to a shoe store ask to get both of your feet measured. Yes both feet! Most people have one foot that is a little larger than the other. It is very important to find out which foot is larger and always make sure you fit your shoes properly for the larger foot. The device you measure feet with is called a Brannock. There are Brannock's for Men, Women, and Kids.

When getting measured, make sure the length of your feet and the length of the ball of your foot are both measured. Both of these will determine the size you wear. If your length is a 10 and the ball measures a 11 you may try on size 10.5 or 11. If the ball fits incorrect the shoe may flex in the wrong spot and you will not get the proper comfort. Also if the length is to long or short the fit will also be compromised.

Once you have your unique feet measured, you can look for the right fitting shoes. Here are some more tips for finding shoes that will fit properly:

    * Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don't select shoes just by the size marked inside the shoe.
    * Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot. Make sure you select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.
    * Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
    * Make sure that the ball of your foot fits snugly, but not too tightly, into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.
    * Don't purchase shoes that feel too tight or short, expecting them to "stretch" to fit. Most modern shoes are designed for rigid support, and they will not stretch to conform to your feet. If your shoes are too short, they will always be too short; shoes do not stretch lengthwise. There's a difference between a "snug", comfortable fit and a "tight", uncomfortable fit.
    * Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
    * Walking on carpeting and a hard indoor surface will help you to decide whether a specific size and style of shoes fits and feels right. Fashionable shoes can be comfortable!

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