Footwear is not just about fashion

For many of us, footwear is all about fashion. It’s easy to forget that it needs to be about fit too.

For many of us, footwear is all about fashion. It’s easy to forget that it needs to be about fit too.

If you don’t remember, your feet will remind you. Style without fit can lead to injuries and long-term damage.

Remember your arch. Shoes might be the right length and width, but the wrong arch can turn them into pure torture.

If you rise up on your toes and the bend in your toe doesn’t match where the shoe bends, the arch is wrong or your foot. Move on.

Take a short road test

Walk in them before you commit. Make sure your heel doesn’t slip out, the sides don’t gape and your toes aren’t pinched as you walk.

New shoes should never hurt.

Never buy shoes because you think they will feel good after breaking them in. This can lead to bunions, corns and other foot maladies. If they don’t fit when you try them on, try a different size or style. If a company has its shoes manufactured in multiple countries, you may fit those made in one but not another.

That’s because each factory has its own set of lasts (forms in the approximate shape of the human foot). Serious footwear fashionistas know what size they are for each of a brand’s different factories.

Find the shoes and styles that are right for your feet, and you can rock the trends for many springs and summers to come.