When first trying a pair of walking boots, it’s difficult to tell whether the fit is correct. This is especially true if you’ve never owned a pair of walking boots before, or have only ever worn running shoes/trainers. So how can you know whether the shoes that seem to fit right now will be the same in the future?
How can I tell if my walking boots are the right size?
If your feet hurt after wearing them for a while, your shoes may not be the right size or you could possibly need more support in your shoe (such as an insert). Start off by looking closely at the laces.
Are they straight or crooked? If your laces are crooked, buy different shoes. This could indicate that you need a larger size shoe because of too much foot movement within the shoe.
Look at the tongue of the shoe (the part on top). Do you see any wrinkles on the tongue? If you do, it could mean that the shoe is too big.
What about the extra room around my toes?
Do you have any extra room around your toes on the outside of the shoe? Does your foot slide forward or back when you walk? This can either mean that the shoe is too small or that there isn’t enough support in the sole of your foot and ankle . If your foot slides, you should consider buying a shoe with more support.
Take a look at the heel of your shoe. There will be a triangle shape with lines that touch the tip of the back portion of the shoe and the side of the heel. Do those lines meet? This can mean that either your heel is too small or that the back of the shoe is too big. Even if they do touch, it’s possible that you need a smaller size because your heel moves around in the back of the shoe.
If the lines don’t meet, look at your heel. If your foot slips out when you walk, this could mean that there isn’t enough room in the shoe for your heel.
Take a look at the arch of your foot inside of the shoe. If you see any space between the shoe and your foot, this could mean that there isn’t enough support in the shoe. Another sign that there is no support is if you feel as though your foot might fall out of the arch.
If you have a flat arch, look at the inside of the shoe. If you have an extra space between your arch and the insole (the piece of fabric that goes underneath where you put your feet), it might mean that you could benefit from inserting foot supports like Dr Scholl’s.
Try to wiggle your toes up and down while wearing the shoes. This will let you know how much movement you have in the front of your shoe. If your toes wiggle or move too much, consider buying a more supportive shoe with less room on the upper part of the foot.
Can you feel any pressure points on either side of your feet? If so, it could mean that there isn’t enough support for your arches and you should try a shoe with more support.
If there is no pressure, but the shoes still don’t fit right, look at the insides of both shoes. If one shoe fits properly but not the other or if one shoe feels wider, it could mean that you need two different sizes. When you do this, put the shoe that is slightly bigger in the front.
If both shoes fit the same way but feel too tight, look at your toes. Are they all facing forward? If so, this could mean there isn’t enough room for your toes. You might benefit from a looser shoe.
Do you have bunions or other problems with the shape of your toes that could benefit from a special shoe? If so, look for shoes specifically designed to help accommodate these issues.
Should walking shoes be a size bigger?
Your walking shoes should be larger than your regular shoes because your feet may swell up from being on them for long periods of time. You can try a 1/2 size larger but that is only if you have the right socks and/or inserts, as mentioned above.
How do I know what style of walking shoe to get?
You should buy a walking shoe that fits your foot type. If you have a high arch, for example, you should get a shoe that is specifically designed to support this type. You also need to make sure the shoe is comfortable and feels good on your feet
How do I know if my shoes are too worn out?
If your shoes are completely worn down with no thread left at all, they will not protect you from harm and could actually cause more pain than good! They also won’t give you the traction you need to walk safely.
Make sure that when you’re trying on new walking shoes, wear the same socks that you would normally wear for exercise. You should also walk in them for a few minutes to make sure they do not rub you the wrong way.