Since we’re seemingly skipping the spring season and heading straight to summer, it’s time to talk about new shoes. When it comes to buying a new pair of shoes, nothing is worse than realizing later on that they’re a bad fit. They may be a cute pair of shoes - but trust us when we say that ill-fitting shoes aren’t worth the misery and potential long-term damage! OK - you get it now, you need to make sure your shoes fit well...but how do you do that? Let Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn Figlo tell you how! Here’s how to prevent a bad fit:
1.) Seeing is believing - unless you’ve only seen your new pair of shoes on a digital screen and haven’t tried them on yet! This may seem like a no-brainer, but it happens more often than you realize. It’s tempting to just buy a pair of shoes online, but unless you’ve thoroughly researched the brand and their reviews, or you’ve bought their shoes before and know how they feel...the safest bet for your feet is to try them on in person. Stand, walk, and jog in them to see how it feels. This is especially important for those of us with wide feet. Save yourself the grief of ill-fitting shoes later on!
2.) Remember to factor in socks, orthotics, compression sleeves, and anything else you might wear along with your shoes - especially if you’re an active person or trying to become more active. It’s frustrating to find a pair of shoes that felt great with those tiny socks at the shoe store then finding out they’re too tight with your normal socks or orthotics insoles on!
3.) Last but not least - we know this can be hard to do, but considering quality over the cost of your new pair of shoes can make a whole world of difference when it comes to preventing a bad fit. If your shoes fit poorly on your feet, you risk developing several issues: bunions, hammer toes, blisters, corns and calluses, and overall fatigue, just to name a few!
If you’re ever unsure about the way your shoes fit, ask the store you’re purchasing from about their return policy. Many shoe stores have great return policies to ensure you’re truly happy with the fit and prevent unnecessary foot problems from developing due to a bad fit. That’s the word from us - now we want to hear from you! Be sure to check in and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Glubo or Dr. Figlo at our location in New York City, NY by calling us at (212) 697-3293.