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How To Buy Shoes

Nov 9, 2007
Some people wear them only when they absolutely have to, while others try them on whenever the get a chance or pass by a shoe store. It has been reported that shoes can become fetish as some individuals never stop shopping new pairs just for the fun of acquiring something more. But regardless if you are obsessed or indifferent to the pair of shoes you wear, it is important to know some things on how to select and purchase shoes without regretting your impulse buying or extremely cautious shopping behavior.

Next time your friend calls you on Saturday morning to go out shopping for your next pair of tennis shoes, do yourself and him/her a favor and wait! Since feet usually swell as the day progresses, it is in your feet's best interest to try a new pair of tennis shoes, or any shoes on that matter, later during the day. Evening shoe-buying is advised by experts, as you will get a much better look on how your feet adjust to their new "environment" when they are not on their best shape.

When you actually are in the shoe-store and have found an athletic pair you are considering of buying, try on both shoes with the socks you will usually wear. This way you know if your feet comfortably fit the space this type of shoes provide. In case you are not sure of your feet's size, measure both feet while standing. Feet tend to expand a bit when your weight keeps them flat on the ground and you will know the exact size of your feet next time you are out shopping for your next pair. In case one foot is longer or wider than the other, it is best to buy the pair that fits best that foot. It is always better to have a little more space, which you can always minimize with the right type of shoe fitting products, than to have to deal with calluses later. Of course, you have to remember to leave some space between your big toe and the front of the shoe or your heel and the back of the shoe. Too much space is bad but too tight shoes can easily cause blisters and calluses. Not injuring your foot after taking a few steps is important. Do not forget that it is also important for you to be able to move all your toes inside the shoes you are about to buy. Restricted spaces are not going to make your feet smaller and can lead to serious problems later.

If you are lucky and the shoes you have selected are produced in your number and are available in the store you visit, try them on both, stand and walk in the store for a few minutes. If your feet feel uncomfortable do not buy them. Your feet's reaction to them will not change once you are home. Make sure you try at least two brands, styles and sizes. By comparing them you will be able to feel more secure that you are making the right choice. Before walking out of the shoes store, make sure you are purchasing the exact pair you have tried on. This is particularly important since some shoe types are not 10o percent consistent in terms of their sizes.

A general misconception is that highly priced shoes are in fact higher quality shoes. This is not true. In general, look for moderately priced shoes and keep in mind that you are primarily in need of comfort, not a brand name. When your new pair is home with you, try it on and begin wearing them when you are in the house. If they are slightly "broken," they will feel more comfortable when you will begin running to hit the tennis ball.
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