Big Shoes, Big Heart

12.7 mm = 1.27 cm = 0.5 inches. Half an inch can mean the world to some people, especially when it comes to shoe size. For some unknown reason we equate large feet, thus large shoes, as something to be ashamed of. We cram our poor toes in shoes that are at least a half size too small and go on about our business like nothing is wrong. Until the toes cramp, the toenails turn color, calluses form on the tips or tops of the toes, and pain results. Much of this could have been avoided if you had simply purchased shoes that fit properly.

How do I know if my shoes are the proper fit? Im glad you asked. The easy shoe fitting guide is as follows:

  • STEP 1: If you dont know the size of your foot, most shoes stores should carry a Brannock device (illustration below). This device is used to measure not only the length of your foot, but also the width. A shoe store assistant can easily assist you in this measurement. It is always a good idea to measure your foot if you arent 100% sure of your size; ego or embarrassment aside.
  • STEP 2: Find yourself the shoe of desire. Like a diamond in the rough, you will know. Ladies, sometimes you manage to find multiple diamonds at once. Not a problem. Fabulous feet need fabulous shoes.
  • STEP 3: Try on said shoe of desire.
  • STEP 4: Make sure the shoe actually fits properly. While standing, raise your big toe while having a family member or shoe salesman locate the toe and measure from the tip of the shoe. The Rule of Thumb is 1/2 inch between the tip of you big toe and the tip of the shoe. It is also important to check the width of the shoe. A snug fit is okay because the leather material will stretch a little as you wear them, but your foot should not feel like its in a vice.
  • STEP 5: Walk around store in shoes to make sure your heel is not slipping out of the shoe. If so, the shoes are too big or too wide.
  • STEP 6: If the above steps have been done correctly, purchase shoe of desire and bask in their awesomeness. If not, find the proper size or another shoe of desire and repeat steps 3-5.

Having to purchase larger shoes is nothing to shy away from. Sure, you can buy a shoe that is too small and have all sorts of toe problems, OR you can buy a properly fitting shoe and make your feet happy. Besides, I challenge anyone to spot a half inch difference from one shoe to another. As always, if you have questions about proper fitting shoes, you can contact Dr. Bowman by calling 713-467-8886 or visit our website.

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Category: Footwear

Tags: Calluses, Footwear, Proper Fitting, shoes, Toe Problems