As you shop for shoes, follow the suggestions listed below to buy shoes that are comfortable and good for your feet. There are many stylish shoes that are “foot friendly,” you just have to look for them!

  1. Buy shoes at the end of the day when your feet tend to be swollen.
  2. Have both feet measured each time you buy shoes. Your feet spread when bearing weight, so STAND when having your feet measured.
  3. Try on both shoes – the right and the left. Most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other.
  4. Buy the shoes that fit the largest foot. If the shoe for the smaller foot feels “sloppy,” you can safely “snug it up” by getting a flat cushion insole or liner for that shoe.
  5. Select shoes by how they fit, NOT by the size stamped inside.
  6. Choose shoes that are shaped like your feet.
  7. Avoid shoes with a narrow, pointed toe box.
  8. Avoid shoes with heels greater than one inch high.
  9. Choose shoes that have uppers made of soft leather or other natural material that “breathes.”
  10. Choose shoes that have a cushioned insole.
  11. Stand to check the fit of the shoe. Make sure there is 3/8” to 1/2” space beyond the end of the longest toe inside of the shoe.
  12. Walk around in the shoes to make sure they are comfortable. Tight shoes may stretch, but your feet may suffer permanent damage in the process.

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