Don’t select shoes by size. The number one consideration is feel and fit.
Sizes vary among brands and styles. Select a shoe that conforms to the shape of your foot. As you grow older, your foot changes in size.
- Have your feet measured often and use the size only as a starting point to try on shoes.
- Have both feet measured. Most people’s left and right feet are different sizes.
- Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are the largest.
- Stand during the fitting process. Make sure there is at least a thumbnails distance between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe.
- Make sure the shoe bends where your foot bends. The forefoot of the shoe should be flexible.
- If you can’t easily bend the sole of the shoe, try a different model.
- Don’t purchase shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit.
- Your heel should fit comfortably without slipping as you walk.
- After you purchase your shoes, walk in your house on the carpet to be sure they are comfortable, fit and feel good.
Your walking shoes should be replaced about every 500 miles.
GREAT IDEA! Buy two pair of walking shoes. Wear one pair to walk in regularly, and wear the other pair just on Sundays. When you begin to feel the difference between the two pair of shoes, it’s time to buy a new pair. Now use your previous Sunday pair for your regular walks and your new shoes as your Sunday pair.©1999-2012 Copyright by JoAnn Taylor. All Rights Reserved