Dos and Don’ts of Buying Shoes


You weren’t born yesterday. You know how to buy shoes. Or do you?

Podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann, DPM and Craig B. Frey, DPM submit that most people could improve their foot health if they simply wore the right shoes. Many people wear shoes that don’t fit well, which can lead to bunions, hammertoes, tendinitis, and more.

One thing we know for sure here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland is that most people only think they know their shoe size. The truth is your foot size and shape can change over time. So our first piece of advice is

Do have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Find a store with an experienced staff that will measure your feet and accommodates any special needs.

Here’s some more great advice that you can take with you next time you’re in the market for some new kicks:

Do get to know your own feet. Do you have a bunion? Then don’t waste your time looking at narrow-toed shoes. What are your arches like? Are they high, low, normal, or nonexistent? Nonexistent arches, also known as flat feet, require extra support. (They also may require custom orthotics, which Dr. Oltmann and Dr. Frey can prescribe for you.)

Do consider the material the shoes are made of. We recommend soft uppers that provide unrestricted movement and allow the foot to “breathe.”

Don’t buy shoes that squeeze or otherwise put pressure on your toes.

Don’t be lured by style alone. Make sure that beautiful shoe also feels beautiful on your feet. What feels uncomfortable in the store will also feel uncomfortable at home. There’s no such thing as a “break-in” period when it comes to shoes.

Don’t leave the store without trying the shoes on. You may be tempted to grab your favorite brand and go. However, the same size shoe can still vary from style to style. So try on both shoes and walk around.

For more tips on buying shoes and getting a proper fit, visit our website or call us at (440) 903-1041. We’re located in the beautiful Cleveland suburb of Solon, Ohio. Our board-certified podiatrists offer evening and Saturday hours for your convenience.