Wide shoes are also a bit longer

5 tips to keep in mind when buying shoes

Buying shoes - for some it is almost a hobby, for others an annoying necessity that they like to avoid. But no matter how experienced you are in shopping for shoes, in order to find a pair with the best fit, you should pay attention to certain criteria with every purchase.

Determine the right size

Perhaps you have already experienced while shopping that a shoe in your usual size is much too big or you don't even fit into it. Shoe size can vary from brand to brand. In addition, the left and right foot are different sizes, for some people the difference is even up to the size of a shoe. Therefore, always try on both shoes. You can compensate for a slight difference in size and width with the PERFECT leather half-sole.

To find the ideal size, the thumb test has proven itself: You should still have a thumb's width in front of the toe. Without this gap, known as an allowance, the toes hit the toe cap.

The situation is different with shoe types that are cut out in the instep area, such as ballerinas, pumps or men's slippers. With these, a smaller addition is sufficient, otherwise you will not have any grip in the shoes. Therefore, if you have high-heeled shoes, a smaller size may fit you.

With winter boots, however, you should think about whether you want to wear them with thick socks or insoles. Take a pair of socks with you when you buy shoes or ask if you can insert a sole.

To check that the shoes are long enough, you should not just try them on while sitting. Get up and ideally take a few steps. This is the only way to put your entire body weight on the feet, which gives you a realistic impression of how much the foot is pushing forward in the shoe.

If you hit the toe cap with your toes, the shoes are too short. If you have no grip in the shoes, they are too big or too wide over the back of the foot. Then you will feel yourself sliding forward in the shoe and sliding your heel out.

Pay attention to the correct width

But the right fit doesn't just depend on the length of the shoe. The width can also make the shoe uncomfortable. The foot width is not to be confused with the width. It describes the circumference, i.e. instep height and foot width.

The interplay of width and length is confusing for many with narrow or wide feet. This often leads to buying the wrong size shoe. The result is broken shoes and, much worse, foot damage.

Avoid this typical mistake

Even if leather is flexible, its elasticity has its limits. People with very wide feet who wear shoes that are too tight should not only expect foot pain. The leather and the seams tear open faster on the side. With cut-out shoes, the pressure can also damage the skin.

Some therefore switch to shoes that are too large because they feel wider and more comfortable. However, this results in them not having a firm hold, which is bad for the feet.

Those with narrow feet, on the other hand, often tend to buy shoes that are too small. This is also harmful to the feet, as the toes are compressed. Because leather does not expand forward, only to the side. Warning: Just because the foot doesn't roll well doesn't necessarily mean the shoe is too small. Tights that are too short and stockings that are too small are sometimes to blame!