TIME CLOCK
The best time to shop for shoes is after work when the feet are generally swollen to their maximum. Have you ever bought a shoe, which felt great in the store, only to find out the next day that it was tight? Chances are you bought the shoe too early in the day. Remember that your feet are the lowest part of the body and as the day progresses, gravity causes fluids to accumulate there.

SIZE MATTERS
Is a 7B not the same as a 7A? No! If they were, why would the manufacturer produce both sizes? Never accept a different size or width than the one you need. For proper sizing, first compare your sole to the bottom of the shoe. The widest part of your foot (near the ball) should correspond to the widest part of the shoe. Now stand up with the shoe on. You should be able to easily wiggle your toes. If you can't, either the shoe is too short or the toe box (the cavity where your toes are housed) is too low. If your toes are hammered or you have a tendency to develop corns, you need a shoe with a high toe box. Do not accept the salesman's statement that a snug shoe will stretch. There is no guarantee of this. A properly fitting shoe should feel comfortable the first time you try it on. Even if a shoe does stretch, it may be at the expense of your feet whose fragile bones are more likely to give way before the leather and sole does. 

Finally, never wear new shoes home. If they don't fit properly, chances are they will be too worn to return them to the store. Breaking in a new shoe should be done at short intervals inside. During this process, the foot actually molds the shoe.

Your first steps, your last steps, and the estimated 140,000,000 ones you will take in between are all done with the same pair of feet.  So, if the shoe fits, wear it, but if it doesn't, I promise it won't feel any better on the other foot.

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harlan@todoahora.com

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