Proper Shoe Size

Wearing the Proper Shoe Size becomes More Important with the Growth of Feet

For shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman, manufacturing shoes in size 12 is not a rarity. In the past, the average shoe size for the retailer was size 7. Now, however, the new average has become size 8. And, with the rapid growth of foot size over recent years, the making of shoes in larger and larger sizes has grown as well. Knowing your proper shoe size is of utmost important.

Since the 1970s, the average shoe size has gone up two sizes. As foot size rapidly increases, the need for shoppers to constantly measure their shoe size in store becomes more and more necessary. Simply selecting the same shoe size each purchase will not always guarantee the best fit for your feet. In addition, later in the day your feet are at their largest. Hence, shoe shopping is best done later in the day.

Getting the Proper Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped.
  • Be able to wiggle your toes.
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip.

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. So, if you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

Furthermore, don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

  • foot pain
  • knee pain
  • blisters
  • swelling

If you are experiencing any foot and ankle pain, contact one of the best podiatrists in Livonia. Foot HealthCare and Associates offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.