You can determine the right fit of shoes with this overview! You see a shoe. Not just any shoe, but the shoe. It has the right colour, is made of beautiful material and fits perfectly with the rest of your wardrobe. In short: it is the perfect shoe for you. Just try on that new pair of must-haves.
You think they are quite comfortable. So this pair goes to the checkout. Once you’re home, you put on your new acquisitions again and you come to an unpleasant discovery: your shoes seem to be different at home than they were in the shop before. Can you walk on them all day? A few more moments later you have to conclude that unfortunately your new pair doesn’t have the perfect fit for your feet. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Then this is the item you don’t want to miss! We’ll tell you all about finding shoes with the perfect fit (and a great look!).
Don’t worry: buying shoes that don’t fit well has happened to all of us. But as true shoe lovers, we prefer to avoid these kinds of mismatches. That’s why we’ll tell you here how to avoid mismatches and why a good fit of shoes is so important. In this article you will also find a handy overview of different brands that are known for their fine fit and read more about Assems Perfect Fit Collection. This way you can be sure that your latest eye-catchers not only have the looks but also the perfect fit!
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Why is a good fit for your shoes so important?
A good fit is important because it prevents foot problems. If you walk on shoes without the right fit for a long time, you could get blisters, corns, calluses, a painful forefoot or even worse: crooked toes. And not only that: if you wear poorly fitting shoes, you can trip or fall faster. Shoes with a good fit keep your feet healthy. By the way, it is also very nice and healthy for your feet and foot muscles to walk without socks and shoes.
When do shoes have a good fit?
Often you can feel whether a shoe is comfortable to wear right from the moment you try it on. In any case, a good fit with shoes means that your shoes are not too big or too small. Logical. Sliding in a shoe is not good for your feet, but your toes shouldn’t be stuck either. A good fit of the shoe is also important. Make sure your shoe is not too tight on the side of your foot and on top of the instep, but doesn’t have any openings either.
Tips for buying shoes with the right fit
Because we all look at ourselves from time to time when buying new shoes, we’ve listed some useful tips for finding the right fit for you below. Keep these tips in mind during your next shopping session and chances are that your next pair of shoes will fit perfectly!
1. Always match both shoes
Whether you order your shoes online or fit them in the shop: even if you’re in a hurry, take some time to adjust both shoes. Even when it comes to a pair of shoes from your trusted brand, it’s wise to fit both shoes before your new wannahaves end up in your closet. It is possible that one foot is slightly different in length from the other, this is the case with most people. So when trying on your shoes, feel if your toes have enough space of both feet and buy new shoes in the size of your longest foot.
2. Consider some extra space at the end of the day
Do you run into your dream couple at the beginning of the day? Keep in mind that at the end of the day your feet are always turning something off. Reserve a little space in your new wannahaves when you try it on. It’s a myth that you’re going to ‘walk out’ of a shoe. A shoe that is too small never gets bigger. Extra tip: make sure you have a pair of socks on or take them with you. Otherwise you might still buy your shoes too small.
3. Sufficient toe space
Make sure your toes have enough space. Your shoe should be about a thumb width longer than your foot. You should also be able to move your toes up a little when standing. Also pay attention to stitching, seams and other decorations, these can form pressure points. Finally, feel smooth on the inside of the shoe, so nothing can get irritated.
4. Walk around
When trying on new shoes, always walk around and take the time to decide if they are comfortable or not. While wearing a shoe – thanks to the warmth of your foot – it will always move a little more towards your feet, but it should be comfortable to wear right away.
5. Check the heel
Check the heel piece in your shoe. This heel piece is a reinforcement at the back of your shoe that supports the back of your foot and keeps the heel in place. This gives your shoes extra comfort and makes them more comfortable to wear.
6. Take a bow
Subject the shoe to the ‘bending test’. When bending the sole of the shoe, make sure that it bends at the place where the toes bend while walking. If this is the case, you have a good shoe in your hand. For shoes with thick soles, the bending test does not apply. In that case it is good to see if you can wrap your feet well when you walk on the shoes.
7. Tightening laces
If you want to be able to judge whether a lace shoe fits well, tighten the laces well. Only then can you properly assess the actual fit of that tough lace-up boot or chic lace-up shoe. Make sure that you don’t slide your foot forward and that your heel doesn’t slip out of the shoe.
Good fit shoes: shoe sizes and widths
Every foot is unique. A wide foot with a high instep or a very narrow foot can complicate the process of finding the perfect shoe with the right fit. In addition to the well-known shoe sizes, you also have to deal with widths. The width measurement indicates the width of a shoe. In the shop you will usually find the width ‘G’: average. But just like lengths, widths also differ per shoe brand. Below you will find an overview of the different sizes:
E: extra narrow foot
F: narrow foot
H: something wider
K: wide foot
M: very wide foot
Shaft wide boots
With boots, in addition to widths, there are also different shaft widths. These sizes can be recognized by the S-XXL indication.
Sizes and shoe brands
What applies to lengths also applies to widths: shoe brands use different width systems, which can vary per brand. Even within the same collection of a label, shoes can differ in terms of fit. Do you prefer comfortable shoes with a perfect fit and trendy look?
Perfect fitting shoes for every foot
As you can see there is a perfectly fitting shoe for every foot. For example, there are labels that specialise in the full, wide or narrow foot. That’s a good thing, because fitting shoes are very important. They keep your feet healthy and make sure you not only walk with them stylishly but also super comfortable. That’s what everyone wants!