The Right Fit: Am I Wearing the Perfect Shoe Size?

A salesperson goes over the scan results after the customer walked across the Aetrex foot scanner.

Finding the right shoe size is essential for both comfort and overall foot health. Many of us often overlook the importance of wearing properly fitted shoes, leading to discomfort, pain, and even long-term foot problems. Here, we will delve into the question that has crossed every person’s mind at least once: "Am I wearing the right shoe size?"

Listen to Your Feet: The first and most obvious indicator that your shoes might not be the right size is the comfort level or lack thereof. Pay close attention to any discomfort—such as pinching, rubbing, or soreness—that you experience while wearing your shoes. These symptoms are clear signs that your shoe size might need adjustment. 

  1. Measuring Up: One of the simplest and most effective ways to determine your shoe size is to have your feet measured professionally. Visit your local Comfort One Shoes store and ask for assistance from a knowledgeable salesperson who can analyze your feet accurately using Albert 2.0. Keep in mind that foot size can change over time due to factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, or pregnancy. We recommend a foot analysis every time to see what has changed.
  2. The Rule of Thumb: To gauge whether your shoes are the right length, there should be about a thumb's width (approximately half an inch) of space between your longest toe (usually the big toe) and the end of the shoe. This extra room allows your feet to move naturally and prevents pressure and friction that can lead to painful conditions like bunions or ingrown toenails. We always prefer to allow your toes to move like they are playing the piano. If they are unrestricted, that’s perfect. If there is pressure, they are too short or too narrow. If they slide around in this movement, the shoes are too long or wide.
  3. Width Matters, Too: While length is crucial, the width of your shoes is equally important. If you feel excessive pressure on the sides of your feet or notice any bulging or spillover, it may indicate that the shoes are too narrow. Conversely, if your shoes feel excessively loose—especially around the heel or arch area—they might be too wide. Ensuring the right width will provide a secure fit and prevent discomfort. Most importantly, the widest part of your foot should hit at the widest part of the shoe.
  4. Arch Support and Foot Type: Consider your foot type and any specific arch support requirements you may have. Some individuals have high arches, while others have low arches or flat feet. Matching your shoe's arch support to your foot type can significantly enhance comfort and prevent issues like overpronation or plantar fasciitis. Look for shoe models designed to cater to your specific foot structure. Your feet are three dimensional, so make sure you are looking at the way your whole foot fits inside of the shoe.
  5. Try Before You Buy: Always try shoes on before making a purchase, preferably towards the end of the day. Feet tend to swell slightly throughout the day, so trying shoes on when your feet are at their largest will ensure a more accurate fit. Walk around in the shoes, paying attention to any areas of discomfort or pressure points. Don't rush the process. Try on several different sizes and styles to find the best match. If you buy online, try them on at home towards the end of the day. Walk around in them in the house while doing your normal routine. Some styles need time to “break in.”

Wearing the right shoe size is vital for your overall foot health, comfort, and well-being. Ignoring the signs of ill-fitting shoes can lead to a range of problems, from blisters and calluses to more severe conditions that may require medical attention. By listening to your feet, having them measured professionally, considering length and width, and paying attention to your arch support needs, you can ensure that you're wearing the perfect shoe size. Remember, a little extra effort to find the right fit will go a long way in keeping your feet happy and healthy.