We all have them — that one pair of shoes in your closet that smushes your toes, gives you blisters, or forces you to hunt for that one special pair of socks that makes the experience of wearing them somewhat bearable. Have trouble no more with these great tips for buying shoes that fit and stay comfortable over time.
1. Shop for your larger foot.
Even if you don’t want to admit it to anyone, one of your feet is probably bigger than the other. Even if you sustained an injury in one foot that causes swelling, shop for shoes with the comfort of your ailing foot in mind. After breaking a toe on my right foot a couple of years ago, a half size bigger shoe for both feet has always been in order.
2. Look for support.
Be it heels with ankle straps or a high arch in your sneakers, supportive shoes are comfortable shoes and prevent injuries. Even if you sacrifice a bit of style, wearing shoes that are sure to stay on and keep you upright is of the utmost importance.
3. Think about material makeup.
Shoes are an important investment in your health, believe it or not, so buying shoes that are made of good materials can prevent injury. Materials like soft leather are less likely than plastic derivatives to leave blisters and cut skin.
4. Know your size before hitting the sales rack.
How many times have you looked at the sale rack thinking of your shoe size as a range between 3 different sizes? Yes, I do that all the time, thinking I can squeeze into or swim in a perfect pair of heels if the price is right. By limiting your gaze to one size section, you’re sure to buy a pair of shoes that actually fits.