Buying new shoes can be trickier than it sounds. Not only do they have to look good, but they should really feel comfortable and support your feet well.
Here are 5 common mistakes to avoid when buying new shoes.
Mistake #1 – Not Getting Your Foot Measured
Seems like a simple thing but when was the last time you checked what your shoe size actually is, as opposed to what you assume it is?
As we age, our feet can change their size and shape for a number of reasons. If your shoes don’t feel the same as they used to, and you want to buy new ones, it really can pay to get your feet measured. It’s not just something you need to do for your kids!
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Mistake #2 – Buying The Wrong Size
If you’ve had your feet measured, then there is no excuse for buying the wrong size shoe!
It’s also important to note that sizing can vary from brand to brand and sometimes even within a brand too.
Don’t buy shoes without trying them on first, thinking if they are your size they will fit like a glove.
Always try them on – even if you’re getting multiple pairs in the same style but different colours. One small difference in the shoes can make a huge difference in the way they feel on your feet.
Mistake #3 – Impulse Buys
Sometimes the temptation of an impulse buy is just too much to resist.
A great discount or flash sale can be super tempting, but if you really, really want those new shoes, make sure that they fit properly first.
Just because they are a bargain, doesn’t mean you should put up with feet that hurt when you wear them.
Mistake #4 – Wearing The Wrong Socks
One of the most common mistakes to avoid when buying new shoes is wearing the wrong socks.
If your new shoes need to be worn with socks or stockings, make sure you have them with you when you’re trying on new shoes.
There’s no point trying on shoes with the wrong (or no!) socks, as you need to know how they will fit when you’re wearing them the way you’re planning to wear them.
Mistake #5 – Thinking That Price Matters The Most
You should never ever make the mistake of thinking that just because a shoe is expensive that it’s better. The same applies the other way round – just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a bad shoe.
What you should focus on when buying new shoes, is not price alone, but fit, comfort, and support.
If you’re struggling to find shoes that support your feet, perhaps it’s time to see a podiatrist. At an initial consultation, you can discuss any concerns you have about your feet and find out if there is anything you can do or change when it comes to your footwear and comfort.
Do you struggle to find shoes that fit? Let us know in the comments.