When looking for women’s shoes, there are a few things to keep in mind. Like, are you looking for a narrow width shoe or a slim fit width shoe? There is a difference. Though the difference is small you’ll want to keep in mind that women with smaller feet will typically require a narrow fit whereas a woman with a longer foot will need a slim fitting shoe.
In case you can’t make it to the shoe store for a measurement of your feet before you need to order that pair of shoes online; don’t worry; there is a simple way to measure your feet at home.
First, you will want to measure the length of your foot to determine the numerical size of your foot. To do this, take a piece of paper out and outline your foot on the paper. Sure, it may look like something you did in elementary school but keep in mind it’s to help accurately measure the length of your foot, it isn’t for a grade and you probably won’t be framing it.
Next, you’ll take a standard 12 inch ruler to measure from the base of the heel to the very tip of your big toe. This is a very important step because even a half-inch off can cause you to have a shoe that is too small for your foot.
Most women don’t think about measuring the arch of their foot but in order to get an accurate fit in your shoe, the arch is just as important as the length. Measuring the arch of your foot will keep you from getting a shoe that feels too stiff on the arch of your foot or even worse, back pain because your shoe doesn’t fit right.
The next most important step in measuring your feet, beside the length, will be the width of the foot. This is important because you’ll want to determine if your foot will require a wide width shoe, a slim width shoe or if you’ll need narrow women’s shoes. The width is usually determined by the letter system whereas the length will be the numerical part as mentioned earlier.
Women with wide width requirements know that their foot is not going to fit into a narrow or slim shoe. The same goes for a slim foot or a narrow foot. If the width of the shoe is too wide then you won’t have a comfortable pair of shoes and you’ll likely be looking at rubbing or blistering.
Believe it or not, if you have a narrow or slim foot and even try to wear a regular width shoe, you’ll begin to see the difference in your step.
Keep in mind that the feet play an important role in posture, the way you walk and how you stand; having a comfortable shoe will help ensure your body’s health as well.