Fitting the right shoes properly

  • Always try shoes on standing up, this evens out the foot pressure.
  • There should be ample space between your toe and the end of the shoe (the toe area usually has stiffeners and will not give).
  • The heel area should be a firm fit.
  • The bunion joint of your big toe should coincide with the widest part of the shoe (this where your foot and the shoe both bend as you walk).
  • Leather shoes will mould to your foot, but will not stretch unless a lot of pressure is applied.
  • Synthetic shoes have less moulding properties.
  • Shoes should be worn for short periods to start with.
  • Open sandals are easier to fit, with length being more of a personal choice.