When shopping for shoes, you want to have more than fashion in mind. You'll also want to consider function and keeping your feet in good shape. We’ve listed some of the signs that you’re wearing the wrong shoes, and the steps you can take to find the perfect fit.
How to tell if your leather shoes don’t fit
Heavy creasing is a telltale sign that your shoes are a bad fit. If you’re wearing a shoe that doesn’t fit properly then your foot will bend where it was not designed to. This creates unsightly cracks. These cracks not only ruin the look of your shoes but also are a sign that you are causing your feet potentially serious damage.
Your feet flop around inside the shoe. Your heel should be locked inside the shoe, and feel moderately snug. Some slip is acceptable but it should not be noticeable during your normal stride.
Feeling your foot slipping out of the shoe. This can cause friction burns and cuts on your heels and it is also a serious tripping hazard! Which is the last thing you want when trying to impress.
Shoes feel uncomfortably tight from the start. We believe a perfect fitting shoe should feel nothing more than “comfortably snug” from the first wear. It is true that leather will stretch and mould over time but they should still be a comfortable fit from the get-go.
The widest part of your foot is not aligned with the widest part of your shoe. This generally indicates your shoes don't fit in the length, and you should adjust both length and width accordingly.
How to find the perfect fit
Get your feet measured and shoes fitted by a professional. Remember you may be a size 10 in one brand but a different size in another which is why it is so important to get fitted regularly, especially if you are trying a new style or brand of shoe. We offer a free fitting service and can advise you on the perfect shoe for the shape and dimensions of your feet.
Shop in the afternoon. As this gives your feet the chance to warm up and expand. A perfect fitting shoe should fit your feet when they are at the largest they will be, allowing you comfort all day long.
Wear the Right Socks. Because tube socks with dress shoes will never, ever be a thing. Wear thin dress socks to try on shoes for a more accurate fit assessment.
Always use a shoehorn. Once you’ve found the perfect fit you don’t want to damage the heel by forcing your foot into the shoe, as this will affect the fit and longevity of your shoes. Check out our range of shoehorns, suitable for all shoes and sizes of feet.
Check out our extensive range of leather shoes in a huge variety of styles and brands. If you require a fitting or style guidance then book a consultation with one of our experts at either our Belfast or Carrickfergus store. We can guarantee you the perfect fit.