Shoe Buying Mistakes

I think you’ll agree with me when I say buying shoes is so much fun and stress-reliving.

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But what else comes with buying shoes?

Shoe mistakes!

Some very costly ones.

There are a few things you should know when buying shoes.

It can be easy when you know what you’re doing, and on the other hand, it can turn your smile upside down in an instant.

How do I know?

Because I have made most mistakes when it comes to buying shoes.

In this article I will teach you the common shoe buying mistakes and how to REALLY shop for shoes 🙂

Avoid these common shoe buying mistakes

1. Buying for style – Buying shoes that look cool might seem like a great idea at the time.

But soon after when you get home and walk around in them for 10 minutes, you’ll realize how much of a big mistake you made.

I agree that buying shoes for fashion is a great idea and fun to do, however, your first priority should always be comfort and support.

If the shoe looks good, that is a bonus.

But don’t sacrifice comfort for appearance, or you will regret it!

2. Thinking they’ll stretch overtime – Wearing too-tight shoes is a recipe for disaster. Actually it’s worse than a disaster.

Tight shoes are too tight, it’s as simple as that. It will not “stretch” overtime.

The only thing that will happen is pain, discomfort, irritation, and all sorts of problems down the line.

Problems like bunions, hammer toes, ingrown toenails, corns, etc.

A rule of thumb:

Allow 1/8 inch behind your ankle and 1/2 inch in the front of your big to for enough room to move around.

This will ensure a nice and comfortable fit without being too tight or lose.

3. Shopping for shoes in the morning – Our feet actually swell up slightly throughout the day right up until 4 pm.

This is due to all the walking around we do, blood retention, water retention, etc.

Many shoe shoppers buy shoes in the morning so they can wear them throughout the day, but this is not the correct time for them.

It’s best to shop at the end of the day, AFTER our feet our swell up. This allows for a more comfortable fit for the entire day.

4. Expecting all sizes to be the same – This is a kicker and gets a lot of people. Not all shoe sizes are the same. Like I’ve said in other articles, all brands are different and have their own unique sizes.

For example: a size 10 from Nike will not be a size 10 in Adidas.

The best way to know your size is to do some measurements.

How to measure foot length

How to:

Back your foot up against a wall and measure to the tip of your toes. That is your measurement to keep in mind when shopping around for shoes, especially online.

Then when you know what brand you want to go with, go to their official website and compare your measurements with their sizes.

While keeping in mind to add at least 1/2 inch for toe movement and 1/8 for the back of your heel, comfort and eliminating friction (which will cause blisters and calluses.)

6. Not getting someone else to measure your feet – This is my biggest mistake so far, and it’s annoying because I thought I was doing the right thing.

I was but there was a slight problem.

When we stand straight, out toes stretch out to the maximum and feet increase in length.

Well I was leaning over and measuring my own feet when I first made this simple mistake.

So when I ordered my shoes online, the measurements weren’t long enough and my shoes were far too tight.

7. Wearing too-big shoes – Another huge mistake is thinking that shoes will fit comfortably once they “break in”.


A shoe should feel comfortable right off the bat. It should feel like walking on clouds right away.

If it does not, it’s not the right fit and you should not expect it to get any better because that is just wishful thinking.

They are only going to be uncomfortable, cause lots of blisters due to the friction and rubbing, it makes it harder to move (slowing down your walking or running), and the worst of the all, ANKLE PAIN.

And yes I speak from experience with this one too.

A few years back, my friend got me a job in the forestry industry. But I had no equipment so I had to use his spare boots.

And holy fu*k those boots caused me grief 24 hours a day.

My ankles were in so much pain because there was too much room inside.

My feet would just slide around every time I jogged. And my job consisted of jogging so this couldn’t be avoided.

It was one of the worse pains I’ve experienced in my life.

Just trying to sleep but all I could feel was a massive ankle, throbbing pain. I was taking pain killers on the daily but it wasn’t doing anything.

So what’s the lesson?

Never, ever, ever settle for big shoes!

Wrapping Up

The biggest takeaway is that your shoe should fit comfortable right off the bat.

There does not need to be a “break in period” to increase the size.

If it fits, it fits. If it doesn’t, no amount of breaking in will fix that.

On the other hand, if your shoes are too tight then there are some things we can do.

We can stretch the shoe. Even though this may decrease quality and life span, it can eliminate the need to return them.

Well that concludes this article.

These are all the mistakes you need to avoid at all costs when purchasing new shoes.

There is way too much money at stake to skimp on the details, so make sure the shoe fits correctly and they will do wonders for your foot health and happiness!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day.

What are your shoe buying mistakes? Leave them down in the comments below.

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