Pain Free Feet

Whitby Family Footcare Clinic: 905.668.8233
Peterborough Family Foot Care & Orthotics: 705.740.8247

How to Get the Best Fitting Shoe

  • Measure your feet at the end of the day when your feet are largest.

  • The size of your feet change as you grow older so before you buy shoes always have your feet measured while standing.

  • Usually one foot that is larger than the other, size your shoe to your larger foot.

  • Select shoes by how the shoe fits your foot and not by the size marked inside of the shoe.

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.

  • If you have curly toes you will need an extra depth shoe.

  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up. The width of your index finger usually measures from 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length.

  • Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

  • If the shoe you are trying on has a removable insole, take it out and put it on the floor and place your foot on top of the insole and observe if the width of your foot matches the widest part of the insole

  • Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit.

  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right, ask if you can try out the shoes at home.

  • Your heel should not ride up and down inside the heel seat while you walk.

  • The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot.

  • Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery.

  • Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces.

  • Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.