What should you look out for when buying new shoes?
We probably all have a pair of shoes in the closet that are not comfortable. It pinches and grinds and blisters. A shame of course, because you did not buy them to look at or wear them alone during a dinner or a party. To help you buy not only beautiful, but also fine and comfortable shoes in the future, within this article is a number of practical must-know purchasing tips.
1. Always fit new shoes at the end of the day
Looking for a completely new wardrobe and do you have a shopping spree planned? Then plan your visit to a shoe store at the end of the afternoon. Your feet will swell a bit during the day. This is because you have been on your feet all day and your feet have to work hard to get you from A to B. So if you start fitting shoes at the end of the day, you can be sure that they will sit comfortably all day long and will not pinch – even if your feet are thicker.
Have you spotted a pair of cool shoes online? Feel free to order them, only adjust them at home preferably in the afternoon. This way you can also check if shoes are purchased online.
2. Go for quality
The range of shoes is huge, both online and in the shopping streets. This means that shoes are available in different materials and in different price ranges. The basis for a high-quality sneaker, ankle boots or sandal lies in the choice of materials. Leather is a very suitable material for shoes. Leather shoes may be a bit more expensive, but they do provide more comfort, sturdiness and flexibility. Moreover, leather is very well ventilated, so you get less problems with sweaty feet.
Another advantage of leather: leather is flexible and flexible and molds to the shape of your foot, so that the shoe will fit like a glove after a while. You might spend a little more money on it, but you are sure that you have bought a good pair!
3. Don’t blindly go by ‘your size’
You usually buy shoes in “your size”. Just don’t take this too literally. Shoe brands may differ slightly from the so-called standard sizes. For example, neat men’s shoes from Floris van Bommel are smaller, so that you have to purchase half a size larger for the perfect fit. Tods, on the other hand, are smaller, so that you may need half a size smaller. So do not blindly go to the size and always feel whether the shoe fits properly, regardless of the size.
Order your shoes online? No worries! If there are striking deviations in the sizes, this will always be mentioned during the ordering process. And if you still have doubts or questions, you can always contact the Van Arendonk webshop for advice. Even if your shoes do not fit after receipt, there is no problem. You can simply exchange them for a different size!
4. Always fit both shoes
If one shoe fits, the other will also fit, right? Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Almost nobody has feet that are exactly the same size. Even a small difference can cause abrasive straps or sore feet in the longer term. Therefore always adjust both shoes before you make a purchase.
Are you in doubt? Always buy shoes that fit your largest foot. Shoes don’t run out, so they don’t get bigger over time. The upper of the shoe does, however, become more flexible when worn, so that it adapts to the shape of your feet. Unfortunately, the shoe will not actually become bigger.
Do your feet differ from each other in such a way that you cannot get along with one size? Then ask the store staff what they can do for you. A insoles can help a lot.
5. Fit shoes with the right socks
Wear the correct socks when fitting shoes. Socks can do a lot for the fit. Anyone who likes to wear thick sports socks will regret the purchase if he or she wore thin summer socks while fitting. But the same applies the other way around: shoes that fit with a normal sock will look very different if you wear a smooth tights. So always wear socks during fitting that you normally wear.
6. Always fit new shoes while standing or walking
When you stand, your feet are always a bit bigger than when you sit. This is because there is weight on your feet while you stand, causing them to expand. Will your shoes fit? Then do not sit, but also stand for a moment. It is even better to walk through the store – or with an online order through the living room. This way you can really feel whether the shoes are in the right position and whether they are cutting, sanding or pinching.
We understand that it is difficult to find out in such a short time whether you really can walk on it all day, but a few minutes during a pass session often gives a good first impression. If your shoes are not comfortable then, you are almost certain that they will cause painful situations after a long day of wearing.
7. Make sure there is sufficient toe space
A good, comfortable shoe is always slightly larger than your foot. Your toes need the space to move a little. The ball of your foot must also have sufficient free space, both in length and width. 1 cm extra space gives your feet enough play while walking. Your foot can then be up to 1 cm longer. Too much toe space, however, will cause you to slip into your shoes and that can cause problems in the long run. Try to wiggle your toes a bit while fitting. Does this work? Then the shoe is at least right there!
Also make sure that the shoe is wide enough for your foot. Your toes should not fall outside the footbed. Although you do not see this in closed copies, you can feel it. Your toes will come over the seams and stitching, which can be very annoying.
8. Choose a low, wide heel
We probably all know that high heels are not good for our feet and ankles. The ideal heel height is around 2 to 4 centimeters. A sandal or pump with such a heel height gives your feet the most support and gives your calves the chance to relax. It is also recommended to opt for wide heels, because you will stand more firmly on your legs.
Do you like to wear heels? Then try alternating this with flat shoes. Or alternate different heights and widths. For example, wear a sandal with a low block heel during the day and a pump with a high heel during a party at night. This gives your feet some variety, which is very nice.
9. Pay attention to the soles
See if the sole of the shoes is not too slippery, which could cause you to slip. A rubber sole is generally stiffer than a leather sole. But also a leather sole becomes stiffer after a while.
Do you have new shoes with leather soles? Keep this in mind at the beginning, so that you will not be faced with any surprises. It also applies that a sole with more profile will give more grip. It is not for nothing that mountain boots have those thick, coarse profile soles.
Also always try to bend the sole of the shoe. With a good shoe, the sole will yield at the point where your toes bend while walking. Just under the ball of your foot so. In places where your feet do not bend, shoes should also not bend.
10. Make sure the heel is reinforced
A perfect shoe has reinforcement around the heel. This reinforcement supports your heels and keeps them in place while walking. To check whether the heel is sufficiently firm, you can try to push it in with your thumb. Is this difficult? Then the heel is firm!
Now what about, for example, slippers, sandals and low men’s sneakers? In most cases they also provide support around the heel. As long as the reinforcement fits well around your feet, you will receive support. However, flip flops like Havaianas have no strap on the heel, so you get little support from this. One lucky thing: we often wear these types of flip flops only a few days a year, for example when we go to the beach.
11. Choose a tailor-made closure
Perhaps another point to take into account is the closure of the shoe. Lace-up shoes usually have the best fit, because you can tie the laces so that they fit well on your foot. The same applies to shoes with Velcro fasteners. Summer shoes often have thin straps that you have to close with a small buckle. Always make sure there are enough holes and the straps fit your foot perfectly.