A saying goes that, “It is the wearer of the shoe - who knows where it pinches”. True, but how in exact practicality do you tell if the shoe fits you or will fit? We may all have our own individual metrics to assess that, but it will also be great if you can share out with pals in exact terms, how to tell if a shoe is an exact fit?
Every pair that you take off from the stores should utmost accord you maximum comfort, and never be a source of bother (however minor).When picking every pair, it is wise to have in mind the end user, always (Even if its someone else). Do you want the shoe for jogging, office work if you are a professional or even one that you relax in away from work. All these contexts will have your end user clearly set to define the pair that will derive you the utility, comfort, and esteem that you deserve.
You do not want to purchase trouble! A pair that does not fit well, no. Keep in mind that the term fitting has some equilibrium at all scenes. Either way too tight or too large for your feet is a recipe for trouble (and that is trouble you can avoid).In practical use say for a jogger, too tight will suck your stamina, and so for a too large. Mindless to say, that you will encounter blisters, for both scenes.
The comfort from your pair of shoes comes with protection and that is great for the lifetime well being of your overall health. Remember, any broken skin caused by a non-fitting pair is a lost utility. Not to mention the scars that leave you nursing.
Here are some tips to get you in the right sense, to get a shoe that fits you;
1. Changes if feet size - keep in mind that the size of feet changes gradually, with age. So while fitting your shoe, do not stick to your teenage size all through. It is advisable to measure your feet size at the evening after your day. That is when your feet have expanded and reached an optimum size, from the day's work.
2. As nature is, some people have one foot that is biologically slightly larger than the other. In such a case, pick yourself a pair that will fit your larger foot.
3. While making your choices at the stores, do not work with the sizes as marked inside the shoe itself. That may mislead you. You may insist on trying the shoe physically and good vendors will issue with a polythene lining for your trials.
4. As far possible, try to align yourself with a shoe that corresponds to the shape of your foot. Ideally, do not purchase a pair that is too tight, hoping that bit will stretch out with time. Wisely enough, if you are not so sure, you may negotiate with the vendor to allow you a day or two, to try the shoe adequately in the comfort of your home carpet.
5. During your initial trial, it is wise to ensure that you allow some space, make sure you are able to move your toes and the ball of your foot freely. To get the correct size of that allowance, ensure that you can slide your thumb freely at the back of your shoe, while you have your foot inside it. Another way is to ensure that your shoe does not move up and down your heel as you make your steps.
6. While making your choices, ensure that the upper part is made of a material that is soft and also flexible to accommodate your foot. Leather as a material is okay as most people are compatible with it. Few rare scenarios may encounter some irritations caused by skin reactions.
7. The soles are also another component to consider. The soles should not be very slippery to avoid accidental falls. Again the sole should be protective enough, especially for working on hard and cluttered surfaces. For more comfort, pick on low heels that are good for your ankle joints.
While in storage, some materials like leather shrink up especially if not put on for quite a long time. Under such cases, you can plan to have the pairs stuffed up with old newspapers. That will keep them in good shape and size, till when you require putting them on.
The leather is quite durable and when good care is taken, the shoe will last you long. During long periods of storage, consider having the leather surface nourished with a coat of polish. That will keep off dust and moisture, maintaining the shiny condition of the shoe.
So when picking up your shoe from the vendor, have the intended usage in mind, that is the working arena. Consider the safety of your feet and other relative factors. One of those factors is your opportunities for relaxation. Take opportunities to air your feet as frequent as possible.
At no point should you sacrifice your health or comfort, by picking a wrong sized pair of shoes for yourself. A pair that fits you exactly is a source of pride, and esteem too.
Written by James Maina Mwangi