Is there a right time to buy shoes? We visit the showroom and try on a pair of shoes to bring them home and realize they don’t fit that well at all. But buying shoes at the right time of day could fix all of that. Let us find out how?
Buying the right shoes is an investment in foot health. Whether you’re planning to buy a pair of hiking boots or just everyday sneakers, try to go shopping for them at the right time. You’ll end up with a better fit and a more comfortable pair of shoes as a result.
What is the right time to buy shoes?
Over the course of the day, regardless of routine or what you’re doing, your feet swell. It might be due to continuous walking or standing. It means later in the day or in the evening, your feet are at their largest size.
If you buy shoes in the morning, there are high chances that the footwear might turn out to be too tight by the time you start using it in the evening.
So, if you’d like to mimic the conditions your feet will be in during a long walk, it’s best to stop by the store later in the day i.e. evening.
That way, the normal swelling of your feet will help you choose a shoe that fits at the end of a long hike, not just the beginning.
It has scientific significance too.
During the course of the day the sugar and salt concentration increases, this causes fluid retention in the body, especially in the legs and arms.
As the sugar and salt concentration increases during evening, more water in the body is accumulated throughout the body.
Especially for the people suffering from diabetes, investing in the wrong footwear can increase the complications of diabetic foot and also foot injury.
So if the foot size is seven in the morning, it might be eight in the evening because of fluid retention. Hence, if you are planning to buy comfortable shoes, go shopping in the evening.
While buying shoes or any footwear…
Stand barefoot on a piece of paper or cardboard, and trace the shape of each foot. Now take your shoes, one by one, and place them on top of the drawing.
If you’re like most people, your “comfortable” shoes will closely match the outline of your own feet.
These tips can help;
- Wait until the late afternoon – as your feet may naturally expand during the day and may swell. Hot weather causes more of this condition.
- Sometimes, it may be a possibility that one foot is larger or wider than the other, and then buy a size that fits the larger foot. Ask the store person to measure both of your feet.
- Stand in the shoes and try walking around a few steps with that new pair to determine how they feel. Don’t rationalize that the shoes just need to be broken in or that they’ll stretch with time.
- Check to see if the toe of the shoe is narrower or shorter than your own toes. Make sure that there is at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe or else that might irritate your feet or cause blisters.
- Identify the shoes that cause pain. If you’re a woman, most of these will be shoes with narrow toes or high heels.
- Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description or the brand. Sizes vary from one manufacturer to another.
- The soles of the shoe should be sturdy enough to protect you from sharp objects. And they must provide better cushioning.
- Wear good and quality material socks. Usually, wear the same type of socks that you intend to wear with the shoes.
If you plan to measure your feet to guarantee a good fit, though, consider pulling that measuring tape out near the end of the day to get the most accurate number.
Try it out to see if new shoe purchases fit better than previous ones, and your toes, heels, and ankles might thank you.
You must read:
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- How diabetes affect my feet?