7 Tips for Finding the Right Shoes


It’s important to start a shoe-shopping trip on the right foot. It’s easy to shop the deals or snag the hottest brands, but you must also take proper fit and support into account as well. Shopping for shoes is investing in the health of your feet.

On your next shoe-shopping spree, keep these tips in mind and your feet will thank you:

  • Measure your feet. Your shoe size can often change as you age, so it’s important to measure your feet every time you buy shoes.
  • Shop right before you drop. It’s best to shoe shop at the very end of the day when your feet are their largest.
  • Accommodate. Most of us have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. Fit your shoe to that larger foot.
  • Keep it consistent. Wear the same types of socks that you normally plan to wear with the shoes you’re purchasing.
  • Give ‘em a spin. Walk around the shoe store in the new pair. Is there enough room? Do they pinch you or slip off of your heel?
  • Trust yourself. Don’t try to tell yourself that you’ll “break them in.” If you find yourself squeezing into a pair, it’s best to squeeze them back onto the shelf.
  • Check the soles. If the shoe store has tile and carpet, try the shoes out on both surfaces to make sure they are sturdy enough to provide the proper amount of cushioning and support and will protect from sharp objects.

Follow these tips and you’ll not only end up with a stylish, comfortable pair of shoes, but you’ll also prevent common injuries and issues like ankle sprainsbunions, heel pain, arch issues, and blisters.

Another way to ensure that your feet are snug and safe is to use orthotics. These can help with more mechanical issues, like flat foot.

If your shoes have caused damage to your feet or if you’re suffering from any foot issues, it’s time to consult your podiatrist. Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas at Bay Podiatry Associates, treats any and all foot and ankle issues and stays abreast of the latest in footwear technology and podiatric procedures. To schedule an appointment, call our convenient Brooklyn office at 718-266-1986.