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How to Test Shoes to Make Sure They Fit

If the shoe fits, wear it! Ill-fitting shoes can cause all sorts of problems, so, before you buy your next pair of shoes, make sure they fit properly.


  • Step 1: Tape paper to floor Tape a piece of paper onto the floor. Make sure the paper is longer than your foot.
  • Step 2: Place toweling on floor Wear socks and stand on the paper. Then draw outlines of each of your feet.
  • TIP: Measure your feet at the end of the day when they're larger.
  • Step 3: Measure length Use a measuring tape or ruler to measure from your heel to the tip of your longest toe and add 1/4 inch to that measurement for your shoe size.
  • Step 4: Measure width Measure the width of your foot at its widest section, typically the ball. Add a 1/4 inch to that measurement as well.
  • Step 5: Use measurements and size chart for size Refer to a size chart to help determine the size of shoe you should try on.
  • Step 6: Stand and walk in shoes Stand and walk around in the shoes to see how well they fit. They shouldn't gap or buckle and there should be a half a thumb's length from your longest toe to the edge of the shoe.
  • Step 7: Add arch support and padding Make shoes more comfortable by adding arch supports, heel cushions, or ball cushions. Well-fitting shoes will put pep in your step.
  • FACT: Nearly nine out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small.

You Will Need

  • Piece of paper
  • Tape
  • Socks
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Shoe size chart
  • Arch supports
  • heel cushions
  • or ball cushions

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