Six Tips for Buying Shoes

“Many people don’t know how to buy shoes.”  says Norman Klombers, D.P.M. “Most women buy them to please their eyes, not their feet, with thin soles that offer little to no protective cushions.”

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Allow a thumb’s width between the end of the big toe and the tip of the shoe when buying footwear.
  • Have your feet measure while standing and, since almost everyone has one foot that’s bigger than the other, fit the large one.
  • Always try shoes on before buying, since manufacturers’ size differ.
  • Buy your shoes in the afternoon, because your feet swell a bit during the day.
  • Don’t buy those you ‘need to break in.”  Shoes should feel comfortable when you first try them on.
  • Buy only leather or fabric shoes-they let your feet breathe and conform to the shape of each foot.


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