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Why Shoes Don't Fit: What To Consider When Buying Shoes Online?

Amy Reece

Posted on January 27 2017

A recent report published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association revealed that more than 75% of U.S. citizens wear the wrong-sized shoe. If you have some experience of buying shoes from the downtown mall, you already know that shoe sizes are not the same from two manufacturers. In fact, you buy size 7 from one manufacturer while you have to go for size 8 from another manufacturer. Some people tend to stick with just one shoe brand because of this, because they KNOW that those shoes fit them. This is why it is important that you be cautious when buying footwear. It becomes trickier when you shop online. You don't get a chance to try the pair of shoes or boots you buy. So, how will you buy the right pair that fits you correctly? Here are important tips to consider when buying shoes online.


A shoe should exactly fit your foot to get the maximum benefits of wearing it. If the shoe is longer/shorter by a half size or narrower/wider than the wearer's foot by more than one width size, it is considered a wrong fit. Although you may not think that this is a big issue, consider the plight of a diabetic patient. In fact, foot ulcers in diabetic patients are likely caused by wrong sized shoes. Neuropathy or nerve damage is a big problem affecting many diabetic patients and the condition usually occurs in places that are far away from the spinal cord and brain of a person. The feet and hands are good examples. Nerve damage and ulcers may happen due to wearing wrong fitting shoes. In fact, these are serious conditions which cannot be remedied once they happen. This is why it is important that you wear the right fitting shoes at all times.


There are important things to look for when buying shoes online and knowing your fit and size is vital. You should know the exact dimensions of your foot before shopping for the best fit shoes online. You need to measure your foot correctly before you buy. You don't need to visit the doctor's office for this purpose. You can measure the dimensions of your feet by using a piece of thread and a measuring tape. If you are still unsure, you can visit the nearby shoe store and have a skilled professional record your foot measurements. The professional will get you to stand on a Brannock foot measuring device and measure the foot size accordingly.


Buying online can be a bit tricky compared to shopping at the downtown mall as you don't get a chance to try on the shoe before buying it. Hence, it is important that you buy from a site that provides footwear sizes and that you measure your foot before buying. These are very important things to consider when you shop for the right fitting shoes online.

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2 comments

  • ANGELA E WHEELER: July 10, 2017

    Very informative. Thank you!

  • Connie M.: July 09, 2017

    I wear a 6 1/2 , do these run big or run small? I love these shoes!

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