How A Shoe Should Fit by Vic and Clint
Proper shoe fit is essential to foot comfort and well-being. Improper fit can have a negative effect on ankles, knees, hips and backs. When purchasing new shoes always have both feet measured (every time) by someone who knows how to use a Brannock type device and who can interpret the information.
We all check the length of a new shoe by pushing on the toe box. What most fail to do is check the width of the shoe, the support in the arch and placement of the ball of the foot. The ball of the foot should sit at the widest part of the shoe. Same size feet can have different requirements for heel to ball of foot, and ball of foot to end of toes. This will be covered more in-depth in a later blog. The correct level of support, proper height in the toe box, and placement of the ball of the foot are very important. Also choose a shoe of good quality materials that are suited to the purpose you intend to use it for. Many people will purchase a leather or leather mesh combo for walking while others may choose a light-weight mesh for running. A shoe should fit the foot snugly without being restrictive or pinching. The heel may have a small amount of slippage and this is normal. Never assume that an uncomfortable shoe will stretch. There may be a small amount of stretch in the width but the length will never stretch. If the shoe feels too tight or hurts in any way, it is probably not the shoe for you. Lastly, deal with a reputable shoe store that has trained their employees how to fit shoes properly, even problem feet.