We asked ourselves: how is it possible that 82% of the Germans wear shoes, which are too big, too small or too narrow (study of the German report of feet).
There are many reasons for that and those who ever banished a pressing shoe out of the shoe cabinet certainly know these reasons. To avoid this, shoe shops have to consider some things:
Length of the shoe one thumb-breadth more than the length of the foot
With every step the toes slide forwards and they are being compressed by too thick stockings. Therefore, you need to take care that there is enough space for toe moving when you buy shoes. The simplest method is to press the shoe in the front a little with the thumb. So you can see if there is one thumb-breadth between the front toes and the end of the shoe.
Conscious decision for the needed length and width
Not all retailers label their shoes in different widths although this is very important. Widths vary from shoe to shoe. Person with small feet may slip forward in wide shoes. They then buy a shoe in a smaller size, because they do not think about a smaller width, which is a fatal error. This may cause foot damages. The conscious decision for the needed length and width is very important when buying shoes. So you better replace a too wide shoe with a more narrow shoe than with a smaller size.
Right time of day to buy new shoes
It is hard to imagine but the time of day for fitting a shoe is significant for the correct fitting of the shoe. The volume of the foot is increasing during the course of the day. So it is possible that you buy shoes in the evening after a long day walking and the next morning they are too big, or you buy shoes in the morning and they are too narrow in the evening. Therefore, you better calculate potential use for the course of the day and buy shoes at noon.
Special care for sensible feet
If you have sensible feet you better choose special designed shoes. In case you suffer from hallux valgus, you should not wear hard shoes. In case of diabetic feet, it is very important that the shoes do not have any disturbing stitches, which could rub unnoticed at the foot.
Kindly ask a doctor or an orthopedic retailer to advise you.
Our contribution for helping you to find the right shoe
We offer our comfort shoes in eight different widths, so everybody between very small feet and very wide feet finds a shoe in the best fitting width. Additionally our half-size range contributes to choose the correct length of the shoe.
On our site “How to measure feet properly” we show you how determine your shoe size and width from home. At Solidus you find the perfect shoe for nearly all foot requirements. Especially for sensible feet there are chic shoes with stretch materials, shoes without disturbing stitches and many more. Find out here more about our specials.
Consequences of non-compliance
With increasing wearing of shoes, which are too wide or too short, feet could be permanently damaged. Consequential damages could be for example imperfections like hallux valgus, spread feet, hammertoe and so on. Even foot pains or back pains are the results of not properly fitting shoes.
✔ Test for yourself if there is space about one thumb-breadth in front of your toes.
✔ Always try different shoe sizes of each model. The shoe size system of some manufacturers are different
✔ Wear socks which you usually wear when you try a shoe (for winter shoes please wear thicker socks)
✔ Always walk with both shoes in the shoe shop to ensure that the shoes really fit
✔ Take care that the shoe really fits in length and width
✔ If you wear shoe inlays, please put them into the shoe when you try it