The key to finding properly fitting women’s shoes and boots is to understand the shape of your foot. Feet vary greatly in their shape. There are wide and narrow feet, short and long toes, high and low arches. No two people will have identical feet. Different brands and styles will fit each of these types of feet differently. While there are standard measurements to follow from most manufacturers, you’ll be able to better tell how a particular style will fit if you know how to shop for your foot’s shape. This can reduce the amount of time trying different styles that may simply not work for your foot.
For instance, shoe width is a major concern for both wide and narrow feet. While some dress shoes will stretch, particularly those made of real leather, others may not. Those that are made of artificial materials will usually not stretch, and if a shoe is too narrow, it will squeeze the foot and cause pain. Women’s boots and shoes often, but not always come in variable widths. Those that only come in single widths, often medium, will need to be tried to ensure a proper fit. In some cases, socks can be worn to make up for a too wide boot or shoe, but if they cannot be worn, excessive rubbing can cause blisters on the foot.
In dress shoes and heeled shoes, ladies with shorter toes will often find that modern styles, with a smaller, rounder toe box will fit them better, while ladies with longer toes may find that pointed toe boxes are more comfortable. Neither of these are really able to be changed after the fact, so the initial fit is extremely important. Another major consideration for dress shoes is your arch, as ladies with particularly high arches may not be able to wear certain types of heeled shoes with straps that go across the top of the foot.
For all around comfort and wear, also ensure that you can walk and stand properly in the shoe. This means that you walk neither on the inside nor the outside of your feet, that you don’t limp or have an unnatural gait, and in the case of heels, that your knees, hips and back do not hurt while wearing the shoes.
All of these items need to be taken into consideration when shopping for women’s shoes and women’s boots. Only the person with the feet will be able to determine whether or not the shoe truly fits and is wearable. Knowing these tips will help you get closer to that goal.