9 Signs Your Shoes Don’t Actually Fit

You know how some people say that they “will suffer in the name of fashion” if their shoes don’t fit because they love them so much? I’m calling it out as total nonsense. What we never see is the person hobbling after taking 30 steps and eventually deciding that it’s far better to take off their shoes than deal with bloody toes.

That is an extreme case, but I’m using it to highlight my point about the importance of wearing shoes that actually fit. Yes, I know that you want a stylish pair of shoes, but having the prettiest shoes doesn’t mean much if your feet are covered in blisters and you never want to wear those shoes again.

The fit of the shoes is the most important thing because it will matter whether you’re walking 20 blocks or just walking to the subway. Sometimes, you might think your shoes fit in the store, but when you get home, it’s a different matter. It has happened to me. I still have a pair of boots in my closet I cannot give away because they’re like new, but I won’t wear them ever again because they gave me some serious blisters.

To hopefully save you from wasting your money, and to save your feet, here are some signs that your shoes don’t actually fit. Pay attention to them on your next shopping trip.

You Say They'll Fit When You've Broken Them In

Stop right there, because you (or the sales associate) is already making excuses for your shoes. If you're thinking this way, it means your shoes do not fit. Period. If you take them home under the assumption they will stretch, they might not. Or, they will a bit, but not in the direction you want. Not to mention you'll have to deal with some very painful days. Don't put your feet through that.

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The Straps Or Buckles Are Too Loose

Too loose shoes are just as bad as too tight ones. You should be able to easily get a finger between a strap and your foot, but it shouldn't be so loose that you can get three fingers in there. If it's too loose, the shoes will rub against your skin and cause blisters. If the loose straps are the only issue, you can often get it fixed by using a leather punch to add another hole or going to a pro to add the hole for you.

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Your Toes A Crammed In The Point Of A Shoe

Newsflash: Pointed-toe shoes are for a leg-lengthening effect. The point isn't for you to try and cram all of your toes into it. You might find in some pointed-toe styles that you need to go up a size because they start narrowing too soon. You'll know the shoes fit when you can wiggle your toes around.

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They Feel Tight

Shoes should mold to the foot. They say that shoes should be "comfortably snug," I guess sort of like how a slim T-shirt should fit. That means there should still be some breathing room. If you cannot move your toes or your shoes feel tight around the ankle, go up a size or try a different style. If any part of your foot feels restricted, it's no bueno.

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Your Feet Move Around When You're Walking

Remember when you were a kid and you had to walk around in a shoe store while your parents looked at your feet? They were looking for this. You can check for it yourself just by paying attention to the feel of each step. Does your shoe hold your foot securely or does it feel like your foot and shoe are each doing their own thing?

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You Have To Really Struggle To Do Them Up

Do you struggle to do up those shoes the same way you struggle to put on a pair of too-tight skinny jeans? Put them back on the rack. You shouldn't have to squeeze your leg muscles together to get any zippers or buckles done up. If you do get the zipper done up, how comfortable do you think it really is?

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You Can Only Wear Certain Socks With Your Shoes

Do you have pairs of shoes you can only wear certain socks with, i.e. very, very fine ones or nothing at all? With a proper fitting shoe, you should be able to wear everything from your lightest socks to your heaviest ones. And you should still be comfortable.

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Your Heels Pops Up When You're Walking

If you're wearing something like mules or flip flops, this obviously doesn't count because there is nothing to support your heel. The difference is when you're wearing boots or running shoes and your heels goes up with each step you take, like you were wearing sandals. That means there is likely fit issues around the ankle as the shoe isn't keeping your foot secure.

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Your Toes Touch The End Of Your Shoes

When you're stepping, do your toes touch the end of your shoes? That means they could be a size or a half-size too small. They say that ideal time to go shoe shopping is at the end of the day because feet can swell throughout the day, according to Prevention. This way, you'll be able to pick a pair of shoes that fits your feet when they're at their biggest.

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Have you ever bought uncomfortable shoes? Let us know in the comments!

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