The sizes of your feet change as you grow older. We recommend always having your feet measured before buying shoes. Don’t worry you’re not still growing! Gravity and years on your feet can cause your arches to collapse. This will cause your foot to measure longer. Another factor affecting shoe size is swelling. It is always best to measure your feet at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other. In many cases it is less than half a size but sometimes it may be more. It is essential for comfort that you fit your shoe to your larger foot. Many adjustments can be made to accommodate your smaller foot while still keeping your larger foot happy and healthy.
Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot.
During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up. Your foot will be longer when you are standing due to gravity. If your toe is touching the end of the shoe, the shoe is too short. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. As you choose your shoe size, be sure to take into consideration your arch length (ball of the foot). Getting a shoe that is too short for your arch length can cause many foot ailments.
Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. If a leather shoe is snug, it will give a little, but never buy a shoe that is uncomfortably tight. Remember a shoe will NEVER stretch in length.