Shoes have had their own life throughout history. There have been flat shoes and there have been shoes with heels. And both types of shoes have been worn by both men and women. During the time of Henry VIII, the King started the fashion of wearing wide-tied shoes in England. It grew so wide that the Parliament at that time had to pass a law that would limit the width of the shoe to six inches!
America's love for shoes has not abated since the first pair of shoes was manufactured in the United States by Thomas Beard. On the average, American women now buy approximately 5 pairs of shoes each year, while an average American male buys two pairs of shoes each year.
Shoes are, of course, a necessity. But that nice-looking pair of shoes on the shelf might not really be the one that will fit your feet snuggly. No matter how fashionable that pair of shoes is, if the heels are too high for you or the shoes too tight for your feet, then it will just be a waste of money if you purchase them. Below are some tips on how to shop for shoes to avoid this mishap from happening.
- Find out how often and where your new shoes are going to be worn. Before going out to purchase that new pair of shoes, it would be helpful if you know where you will be using them and how often you need to wear them. Will you be standing for a long while, or will you be doing a lot of walking? Get lower heeled shoes for this. Going on a sightseeing trip? Rubber-soled shoes should fit the occasion perfectly.
- Purchase shoes at the end of the day. Arrange your schedule so that you shop for your new pair of shoes towards the end of your day. If you buy your new pair of shoes at the early part of your day, you may find them a bit too tight for comfort. This is because as the day progresses, your feet swell up and become a little bit bigger. Your toes will feel pinched, and you might swear to never wear those new shoes again ever.
- Measure your feet. Just to be sure, have your feet measured before getting that shoe size. Ask the salesperson to measure your feet. Sometimes, age, weight gain or pregnancy can cause your shoe size to change.
- Find out which foot is larger. Our feet are not quite the same size. Look for the bigger-sized foot and buy your new shoes based on its size. You could always add inserts so that your smaller foot will fit snugly inside the shoe.
- Don't buy flats. But that doesn't mean you need to purchase those 3-inch heeled shoes. The arch of your feet and ankles will feel much better with a slight elevation. Purchase shoes with ½ to ¾ inch heels and your tendons won't be as strained.
- Walk around. Before making that final decision to buy the shoe, walk around the store wearing the new pair of shoes. If it feels good and comfortable, then it's going to be a good buy.