8 Tips for Well Fitting Shoes

1. There should be 1/2 to 1 thumbs width between the tip of your longest toe and the end of your shoe.

2. Some type of adjustable fastening, whether it’s laces or a strap to properly secure the shoes.

3. A straight or semi curved last of shoe. The last is an imaginary line that traces through the middle of the shoe from heel to toe. This line should be straight or only slightly curved.

4. The shoes should have a firm heel counter, which is a piece of plastic in the back of the shoe upper. This is designed to hold onto your heel bone and reduce the amount your foot can roll from side to side.

5. There should be a sufficient space between the collar of the shoe and the bones of your ankle. Too little space can lead to rubbing and irritation.

6. Your little finger should be able to fit between the shoe and the outside of your ankle. This shows that there is enough room for your foot should it swell in summer or with activity.

7. Your finger should be able to fit between the tongue of the shoe and your instep. This may not be possible if the shoe has laces, and has been laced up tightly.

8. The innersole of the shoe should be removable. This allows it to be adjusted or replaced with an innersole or orthotic device.

If you would like to have your shoes checked, or would like some advice on choosing the right shoes, call our clinic at (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment.

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