Wider Shoes, Better Comfort: How to Determine Your Shoe Size and Width

Wider Shoes, Better Comfort: How to Determine Your Shoe Size and Width

Written by Guirkat Singh and reviewed by Lourdes Duah

Wearing the right size shoes is vital for so many reasons, from comfort and well-being to general usefulness. Shoes that don't fit properly can cause a lot of problems, from minor discomfort to long-term injuries and pain. Before we dive into the ways to determine your shoe size and width, let’s review why these measures are so important:

  • Comfort: Comfort is the most obvious benefit of wearing shoes that fit properly. Shoes that are either too tight, too loose, or not fitting right can hurt and cause discomfort through blisters or chafed skin. This is especially true if you frequently wear shoes in sports or at work. By ensuring your shoes fit well, you can prevent these issues and enjoy your day-to-day activities.
  • Preventing injuries: Wearing the wrong size of shoes can result in more serious issues. Shoes that are either too loose or too tight can cause blisters and other foot injuries. Additionally, such shoes can even result in corns, bunions, ingrown toenails, ankle sprains, falls, and other injuries. Shoes that fit properly can give your feet more support and lower your risk of injury.
  • Balance and posture: Your posture and balance will also benefit if you wear the right shoe size. Your center of gravity can be shifted by wearing shoes that don't fit right, which can cause problems with your posture and balance. This can cause chronic pain and discomfort by placing unnecessary stress on your feet, ankles, knees, and hips over time. Your feet will be properly supported if you wear shoes that fit properly to assist you in maintaining your proper balance and posture. Shoes that fit well distribute the weight of your body evenly across the foot. This can reduce stress on certain areas of the foot, which can certainly prevent serious injuries.
  • Performance in sports: It is essential to wear shoes that fit properly for athletic performance. Shoes that are either too loose or too tight make it harder to run, jump, and move quickly, which can make you perform poorly. As mentioned earlier, shoes that don't fit right can give you blisters and other injuries that can make it hard to train well and compete. Athlete performance can be improved and injury risk reduced by wearing shoes that fit well.
  • Foot health in general: For overall foot health, wearing shoes that fit properly is also important. Foot deformities like hammer toes and bunions can result from wearing shoes that are either too tight or too loose. These issues may become more severe over time, resulting in persistent pain and difficulty walking. If you wear shoes that fit well, you can help keep your feet healthy and comfortable while avoiding these issues.

  • Maintaining good foot health, reducing the risk of injury, increasing athletic performance, and increasing overall comfort all depend on wearing the right size shoe. It is essential to ensure that your shoes fit well and provide the necessary support, regardless of whether you are putting on your previous favourite pair of shoes. Therefore, it is important to choose the right pair of shoes that can help you feel more at ease throughout the day, protect your feet from harm, and reduce your risk of injury.

    Whether you're buying new shoes online or in a store, it's important to know your exact shoe size to ensure a comfortable fit. Measuring your shoe size can be a little tricky as different brands and styles have different sizes. We have already discussed the reasons behind the utmost need for accurate shoe sizes for an individual. Now, we will walk you through the steps to accurately measure your shoe size so that you can buy the perfect-fitting shoe with confidence and can enjoy your day-to day activities with peace of mind:


    How to Measure your Shoe Size: Method 1

    Step 1: You will require a few supplies to measure the length of your shoe. A measuring tape, the shoes you want to measure, and a flat, solid surface like a table are all examples of these. This will guarantee that the shoes won't move while you take the measurements because they will be stable. You should start by wearing the socks you plan to wear with the shoes, or barefoot if you are measuring for sandals or other sockless footwear.

    Step 2: Check to see that your foot is firmly planted on the ground without being raised in any way. The measuring tape should be straight and free of any twisted parts. Take measurements of both feet, as their sizes can vary.

    Step 3: Place the measuring tape at the shoe's tip. Position the measuring tape there for accurate measurement. Make sure the tape is in a straight line and parallel to the shoe. Follow these instructions carefully in order to obtain a precise measurement. 

    Step 4: Pull the estimating tape to the impact point of the shoe. It is the point that comes in contact with the ground and consists of the cushioning placed to protect from any immediate shocks. In the wake of putting the estimating tape on the tip of the shoe, pull it straight back to the impact point of the shoe. The tape should not be too loose or too tight. It should fit comfortably against the shoe.

    Step 5: Measure where the shoe closes. Keep pulling the estimating tape till the finish of the shoe. You will receive the shoe's length from this. Verify that both shoes are the same length by measuring them.

    Step 6: After obtaining the measurement of both, make sure to note down the measurement. When purchasing shoes in stores or even online, it is essential to have the measurement so that you can refer to it. This step is crucial as it will save you plenty of time and effort. Being proactive and recording accurate measurement is one of the key elements of the whole process described above.

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    There is another very popular method to measure shoe width. You only need a ruler, paper, and a pen for this method. These materials will be more than enough to determine your shoe width.


    How to Measure your Shoe Size: Method 2

    • Take off your shoes and socks. Your feet must be bare for an accurate measurement.
    • Put your feet on the paper. Make sure your heel touches the edge of the paper and your toes are flat on the paper.
    • Draw around the foot with a pen or pencil. Try to keep the pen or pencil as close to your foot as possible, but don't press too hard. It can distort the shape of your feet.
    • Measure the widest part of your foot. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure the width of the widest part of your foot. It is usually located on the ball of the foot, just below the toes.
    • Record the measurements in inches or centimetres. We recommend measuring both feet as they may not be the same size.

    Carefully refer to the shoe size chart. Shoe size charts vary by brand and country, so use the one that matches the shoe brand and style you're interested in. Find the width measurement that matches your foot width measurement. Try on shoes for the correct size. Once you have decided on your shoe size, try on shoes of that size. Look for shoes that are comfortable to wear and provide support and stability for your feet.

    Using a ruler and paper to measure the width of your shoes is an easy and effective way to do it at home. The size and shape of your feet can change over time due to factors such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and aging, so it's important to measure your feet regularly. Measuring your shoe size and choosing the right-fitting shoes can help prevent foot injuries and promote overall foot health. 

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