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If the Shoe Fits, Should You Wear It?

If the Shoe Fits, Should You Wear It?

Tuesday, December 21, 2021


Your shoes can make or break your fashion style any day of the week. Many people fall victim to wearing uncomfortable shoes – but hey, they look great! Comfort might not be the only thing you may be giving up for fashion. Long-term damage to your feet, and the rest of your body, can happen if you aren’t careful.  

The following tips on good footwear may prevent toe, foot or ankle problems now – or later in life. 

  • Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet may change as you grow older. 

  • Have both feet measured. Often one foot is larger than the other. The shoes should be fitted to the larger foot. 

  • Don’t choose shoes based on the size marked inside. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Pick shoes by how they fit your feet. 

  • Choose a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your forefoot (the front, widest part of your foot). 

  • Look for roomy footwear that has a wide toe box with more room for your toes and the ball of your foot. You should be able to wiggle your toes in your shoes. 

  • Make sure your heel fits comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping. 

  • Avoid high-heeled, narrow and pointed-toe shoes if you can. High-heeled shoes increase pressure on the front of the foot. If you can’t avoid wearing pumps or high-heeled shoes, look for a pair that gives your toes more room. 

  • Choose shoes with heels that are no more than 2 inches high. 

  • Alternate these shoes with flat, roomy shoes to give your toes a chance to move freely. 

  • Look for shoes made of materials that give or stretch. They will be the most comfortable for your toes and feet. 

  • Look for shoes that do not have seams. This will prevent rubbing or irritation of the skin. 

  • Consider sandals, soft leather flat shoes, slippers or inexpensive cloth shoes for at-home wear. If you have an enlarged toe joint, cut a hole in the cloth shoes. 

  • Plan to buy your shoes at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen. Foot size may vary half a size from the morning to the evening or after a day at work. And wear the type of socks that you will most often wear with the shoes to be sure they fit. 

  • Stand during the fitting process because the foot gets longer when you stand. 

  • Walk around the shoe store to make sure that the fit feels right in both shoes. 


Genesis HealthCare System’s Health and Wellness content conveniently provides accurate and helpful information. Your health history and current health may impact suggestions provided through our Health and Wellness content. Although we hope this information is helpful, it is not a substitute for your doctor's medical advice. Before making any significant changes, please consult your doctor.