To avoid making an expensive mistake, it’s a good idea to start with a brand that you already know. Your previous experience will give you a better idea of the size and fit. If you are trying out an unfamiliar brand, it is well worth the time to read lots of reviews so you can be sure that they are trustworthy. If you can, select a brand with physical stores as this means that your chosen retailer has solid experience.
When shoe-shopping online, your most important consideration should be sizing. Measuring your feet correctly can save you the hassle of returning the footwear. Ideally you should get a professional in a shoe store to do this for you, however if you do not have that option it is possible to measure your own feet at home.To measure your feet at home, you will need three things:
Place the paper on the ground and step on it. If you can, trace the outline of your foot or get a friend to do this for you. Use a ruler to measure the length of your foot going from your longest to the back of your heel. Then measure the width of your foot from the widest point. Compare this to the brand size guide on the website to find your correct shoe size. Sizing can often be inconsistent across brands so always consult a sizing chart before making your purchase.
As most people’s feet are slightly asymmetrical, it’s more accurate to measure both feet and use the measurements from the larger foot when making your order. Another pro tip is to measure your feet in the late afternoon as after a full day of walking your foot will be at its biggest.