How to Find the Perfect Fit for Shoes

If you have a hard-to-fit foot or have trouble buying the right shoes, read on for the top ten tips on how how to buy the perfect pair of shoes

1. Buy Shoes at the End of the Day

Your feet swell throughout the day, meaning the best time to go shopping for a pair is after work or in the afternoon.

2. Buy Shoes That are Comfortable Right From the Start

You shouldn't have to "break in" a good pair of shoes. Instead of settling for a pair of shoes that are just a little too snug, hold out for a pair that fits right from the start. Remember, no matter how cute or stylish a pair of shoes may be, you'll never wear them if they're not comfortable.

3. Take Your Shoes for a Test Drive

Before you buy a pair of shoes, take them for a long stroll around the store. Walk around on both the carpet and the tile and try them out for at least a few minutes.

4. Size Isn't Everything

When buying shoes, you should focus on how they fit, not the size number. If the size 8 is more comfortable, don't pass it up simply because you're "always a size seven."

5. Buy for Your Arches

If your foot has a high arch, then look for a shoe that has a nicely cushioned midsole. This will help absorb shock and support your arch. If you have a flatter foot or low arch, look for midsoles that offer firmer support.

6. Buy a Flexible Sole

The best shoes are ones with flexible soles made from rubber or leather. Rigid soles won't move with your feet and will constrict you as you walk, leading to major foot pain.

7. If You Need To, Buy Specialty

If you have a wide, narrow, petite or oversized foot, then try buying from specialty retailers. For example, Designer Shoes sells great shoes all the way up to a size 16 while shops like PiperLime and Endless sell shoes for feet of all widths.

8. Dress for Shoe Shopping

If you're buying a pair of shoes for a particular outfit, wear it go shoe shopping. The last thing you want is to buy a pair only to get home and realize they're too short for that perfect pair of long jeans.

9. Get the Heel for the Part

If you're planning on spending a lot of time on your feet, you may want a shoe with a lower heel or a wedge heel, which will provide more support.

10. Understand European Sizing

If you don't know your European shoe size, ask the clerk for help. Alternatively, if you're a size 9 or less, just add 31 to your size. If you're over a size 10, add 32.