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There is a myriad of factors to be considered when purchasing shoes. Depending on the style you want and your mood, it can be hard to buy a pair of shoes. Thankfully, this article has tips to cheer you up. Continue reading, and you will get some solid ideas about selecting your shoes.

Always measure your feet. Proper fit is especially important for high heels and running shoes. Always try both shoes on and walk a few steps in them before making a decision. Walking and standing for several minutes will give you a realistic feel for the shoe. Ask a clerk to help you measure your shoe size. Most shops have tools for measuring feet accurately. This way, you know precisely how large your feet are, and you can compare your size with size charts for other brands. This information can be beneficial when making purchases online. Some shops won’t accept a return for shoes worn shoes, and you could be stuck with a pair of ill-fitting, painful shoes.

Let your feet expand. Remember, your feet tend to swell after a day of walking. The best time to measure your feet is late in the evening when your feet are likely to be larger. Following this step will help you avoid buying shoes that will be too tight after a full day of wear.

Make sure that you have enough room. Check for little less than a half centimeter of space (1/8”) at the heel of your foot, and about a full centimeter (1/2”) of room at your toes. Your heel should not slide around, but it shouldn’t be cramped up either. Likewise, your toes should never feel cramped or pressed together.

Test them the way that you will wear them. When you test a shoe, always wear the socks, hose, or bare skin that you plan to wear with the shoes. Likewise, when trying on winter boots, make sure you have thick socks that you would probably wear with the boots.

Don’t wear sneakers unless you wear socks. The friction can damage your foot. Foot fungus more easily grows this way, as well. You need to wear cotton socks and use foot powder to make sure your feet stay dry.

Keep an eye on your budget. If you are on a budget when it comes to shoes, do all you can to stick with it. Sometimes people overbuy during sales, and it is easy to spend more than intended. Only buy what you need.

Determine your arch type while purchasing athletic shoes. Not sneakers are made with comfort for all arch types in mind. Dampen your foot, and then step onto a sheet of paper. The wet parts should let you see what your arch type is. If your arch type is flat, the majority of your footprint will be visible. If your arch type is high, you won’t see it on the paper. This test will help you find a shoe that is the right fit for your foot.

Don’t let any fool you about “breaking in” your shoes. A favorite sales pitch includes telling you that the shoes will feel great after they are broken in. It doesn’t always work that way. Truthfully, quality shoes feel good when you first put them on. If the shoes feel uncomfortable, try another style.

If you buy shoes online, read the return policy for when shoes don’t fit. Shoe sizes run very differently depending on the brand. You need to make sure there’s something to protect you so you can return or exchange them in this situation.

Shoes never break in. It’s better for them to fit well as soon as you wear them. They may not stretch precisely the way you expect them to. What is most likely to occur is that your feet will be harmed, and you won’t want to wear those shoes any longer, and you will have wasted your money.

Take care of your investment. Many forget that taking care of your shoes is essential to maintaining comfort and fit. Leather shoes need waterproofing and cleaning to keep the leather soft and flexible. Store your shoes carefully to maintain their proper shape. Using plastic supports or even socks can help maintain their shape while in storage for the off season. This way your shoes will stay perfectly comfortable and look like new for years to come.

Most people love shoes, but some have a tough time shopping for them. If you follow these tips the next time you buy a pair of shoes, you will get the best fit possible. Additionally, when you feel good in your shoes, it will show. There is nothing more attractive to others than feeling great.