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 is 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