Women's Shoe Fitting Guide

Womens' Shoes that fit properly are essential to your everyday comfort. It's worth spending an extra bit of time measuring your feet to see what size you need and considering whether you need a wider or narrower fit.

If you do end up buying shoes that are too large or too small, there are ways to remedy that, but you should never wear shoes that are terribly uncomfortable as you might end up doing damage to your feet.

We can help you get it right first time, so you'll be able to buy the shoes that suit you and provide your feet with daily support and comfort.

Shoe Buying Tips

Shoe Buying Tips - Red Stilleto

Make sure shoes fit properly by standing up in them when you try them on. This will distribute weight evenly over your feet.

Your feet swell during the day, so to make sure you don't buy shoes that are too small, try them on at the end of the day.

If you're going to be wearing socks with them, make sure you wear them when trying your shoes on.

Wide Fit & Narrow Fit Shoes

Wide Fit and Narrow fit shoes

Unless you buy your shoes from a retailer specifically designed for wider feet, there will be a standard " one width fits all".

If the width of the shoe is pinching at the sides of your feet or squeezing them to the point where they are uncomfortable, you might be best to opt for a wide fitting shoes. Similarly, if shoes are generally a little too wide, you can opt for a narrow or slim fitting shoe. We have a range of wide fitting shoes in stock and online, so you can find the perfect fit.

How Styles and Fastening Affect Fit

The advantage that lace up, Velcro and buckled shoes may have over shoes that simply slip on, is that should they be a little on the large size, they can be tightened.

Laces can be tied tight enough to lessen the slip of your shoe, but never tie them too tight or they may also become uncomfortable. Buckles can be used in the same way.

If you have wide feet but love heels, then pointed toes and super high heels might be out of your comfort zone. Try opting for round toe styles and thicker heels to even out the pressure on your feet.

Narrow feet are easier to accommodate, though your feet still need support - try lace up shoes so your feet get the comfort they need without slipping around in shoes that are too wide.

Wearing New Shoes In

Wearing in new shoes

The easiest way to break new shoes in, is by wearing them around the house a few days before you're due to wear them for a longer period of time.

If they're particularly stiff, then wear them for ten minutes at a time until they soften, and then wear them for longer and longer at a time.

If your shoes are leather, then heating them slightly will make them far suppler. With a hairdryer, warm your shoes up. Slip them onto your feet whilst they are warm - this will stretch them slightly. Repeat this a few more times and your shoes will be well and truly broken in!

You can get your shoes professionally stretched by a cobbler - this shouldn't need to be done though unless they aren't getting more comfortable despite stretching them. The techniques above work well for stretching calf length boots that might be a little too small for your legs.

Buying Shoes Whilst Pregnant

Buying Shoes Whilst Pregnant

According to podiatrists, when you are expecting you should choose a shoe that supports your arches (they'll be flattened under the weight of the baby), and something that supports yours toes and heels.

It's a well-known fact that wearing stilettoes after your first trimester of pregnancy is bad for your joints, legs and feet.

Buying shoes whilst your feet are swollen from pregnancy may be a little trickier than usual. Opt for a size up or a pair of wide fitting shoes - as your feet go back to their normal size after pregnancy don't invest huge amounts of money in them. They may not fit after the baby has arrived, but just like maternity wear, you might need to invest in some maternity shoes!

Amending the Fit of Shoes

There are several ways to amend the fit of your shoes, and whether you can do this depends on the style of the shoes:

If your boots or trainers are too big, wear an extra few pairs of socks. This is great in the Winter as your shoes fit more comfortable and your feet get warm, but less desirable in the Summer.

Wear extra pairs of socks

An insole, usually designed for extra support and comfort can be a great way of taking up space in shoes if they are too loose.

Insoles

For flats, boots and even heels you can pack the toes with tissue or an old sock.

Pack toes with tissue
If you're crafty, you can use a needle, thread and an elastic band to make your shoes fit more snugly. Here's how:
1. Stretch a strong elastic band across the back of the heel.
2. Sew the elastic band into the heel, keeping it tight as you go.
3. When you let the elastic band go, the material will draw in, giving the shoe a smaller fit.

Hopefully our advice has given you a good point of reference to find the shoes that fit you just right!

Everyone's feet are different and even in the same size, some shoe styles can feel more or less comfortable than others.

It's always best to try them on, and no matter how much you love them, don't wear ill-fitting shoes.

Wide fitting shoes in fashionable and stylish styles are becoming more and more widely available, so you don't need to sacrifice style for fit.

Happy shoe shopping!