Try new shoes on in the afternoon or early evening, when your feet are at their biggest. Wear the socks that will be worn with the shoes.

Fit the larger foot – you may need an insole for the smaller foot if there is a half-size or more of difference between the feet (such a difference is normal).

Toe room

Allow wiggle room for your toes in the front of your shoes. It may seem like a lot of room in the toe but if the shoe is fastened securely on your foot there will be no walking out of the shoe or tripping.


This is the width on the top of shoe, across the ball of the foot.

Feel across the top of the ball of the foot, to check that the shoe is not too loose or tight.

Stick your little finger inside the shoe along the instep; the shoe should be snug and not too loose around your finger.


Make sure that you do not trip when walking (too much room in the toe) or walk out of the shoe (heel too loose). Seeing a gap at the back of the shoe, around the ankle, is all right, the shoe holds below there, around the heel.

For further information see our Footwear page.

Shoe sizes vary from make to make so if you get your feet measured at a shop then use that as only a guide
to the shoe size in a different shop.

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