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When shopping for shoes, you want to have more than fashion in mind — you'll also want to consider function and keeping your feet in good shape. These 10 tips can help you choose the right shoes:

Tips

1. Take a tracing of your foot with you. Place any shoe you think you might buy on top of the tracing. If the shoe is narrower or shorter than the tracing, don't even try it on.
2. Shop for shoes during the aftern­oon — your foot naturally expands with use during the day.
3. Wear the same type of socks to the store that you intend to wear with the shoes.
4. Have a salesp­erson measure both of your feet — and get measured every time you buy new shoes. Feet change with age, often growing larger and wider. If one foot is larger than the other, buy a size that fits the larger foot.
5. Stand in the shoes. Press gently on the top of the shoe to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This provides enough room for your foot to press forward as you walk. Wiggle your toes to make sure there's enough room.
6. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel. Is there enough room at the balls of the feet? Do the heels fit snugly, or do they pinch or slip off? Don't ration­alize that the shoes just need to be "­broken in." Find shoes that fit from the start.
7. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe's size or descri­pti­on.
8. Sizes vary between manufa­ctu­rers. And no matter how comfor­table an advert­isement claims those shoes are, you're the real judge.
9. Pay attention to width as well as length. If the ball of your foot feels compressed in a particular shoe, ask if it comes in a wider size. Buying shoes that are a half-size bigger — but not any wider — won't necess­arily solve the problem. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.
10. Examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects?** Do they provide any cushio­ning? Take note of how they feel as you walk around the shoe store. Try to walk on hard surfaces as well as carpet to see how the shoe feels on both.
 

Mens Shoe Size Chart

Good footwear should have these qualities:

The inner side of the shoe must be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
The shoe must grip the heel firmly.
The forepart must allow freedom of movement for the toes.
The shoe must have a fastening across the instep to prevent the foot from slipping when walking.
The shoe must have a low, wide-based heel; flat shoes.
The shoe should have a low, wide-based heel. Small heels (1/4” to 1/3” for a men size 9, scaled to other sizes) are recomm­ended.

Advice

Do not expect that footwear which is too tight will stretch with wear.
Have both feet measured when buying shoes. Feet normally differ in size.
Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.
Buy shoes late in the afternoon when feet are likely to be swollen to their maximum size.
Ask a doctor's advice if properly fitting shoes are not available.
Consider using shock-­abs­orbing insoles where the job requires walking or standing on hard floors.
When selecting footwear, one should remember that tight socks or stockings can cramp the toes as much as poorly­-fitted shoes. Wrinkled socks, or socks that are too large or too small, can cause blisters. White woollen or cotton socks may be recomm­ended since coloured socks cause skin allergies in some people.

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