My shoes arrived!
How do I know the fit is right?
What to do when my shoes arrive?
Loudly exclaim, Oh Em Geee, while clapping your hands excitedly! Then find yourself a comfy chair on soft flooring (like carpet) so you don't scuff the soles. Pop on some clean socks and both shoes, then secure them properly. Walk around on the carpet for a bit.
Repeat the process at various times of the day, as your feet swell towards the end of the day. (If you have orthotics, be sure to replace the inner sole when you try on your shoes.) Whenever removing your shoes, be sure to untie fully and take off with your hands.
What to expect?
Naturally, there is some stiffness to a brand spankin’ new pair of kicks. Don’t be alarmed if you feel some resistance when slipping them on for the first time. The overall fit should feel snug and firm, with wiggle room around your toes. Have a good foot flex - see how it feels.
The heel might also slip a bit at first because the heel counter outsole is not yet broken in. (Cheeky side tip: A good firm heel counter helps lock your foot into your shoes and helps durability.) For leather shoes, consider that they will give slightly and mould to your foot with wear. However, other materials generally won’t - so don’t rely on the fit getting roomier as you'll end up disappointed. *frowny face
What to check for?
With the shoes on, stand up, have a wriggle, then make sure there's about a thumb width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
In boots, this can be hard to gauge - another trick is to push your foot forward inside the shoe, so your toes are touching the top end. You should be able to pop a finger between your heel and the back of the boot (see the helpful pic).
The main thing to note is: the length of your shoe will never ever change. So if your foot is feeling smooshed, your shoe is too small and things will end in pain and that frowny face. If there's more than a thumb width of room, it’s probably too big. This means you won't have proper underfoot support and your lower limb alignment will be out of whack - yikes!
Nah, we're not talking pilates - it's actually the natural bendy point of your shoe. Ideally the shoe flex (bend) point must match where your foot is widest - and that's at the base of your toes (ball). An easy way to check is to make sure the widest part of the shoe lines up with the widest part of your foot.
The flex position is especially important with safety toe caps. If your foot and the flex don’t match up, it puts your safety at risk, plus your tootsies will be mighty uncomfy.
After trying on your shoes, inspect your feet for red spots, or areas that feel a bit hot - indicators of tight fit areas. These may already be known problem areas for you? Otherwise, it may mean a little breaking in might be required OR you need a different size. The level of un-comfiness will tell you which it is.
Feeling a bit tight?
Slipping a bit?
If you’ve gone through the above tips, and the fit still doesn't feel ideal, talk to our shoe wizards who can get you sorted with a click of their heels. Don't be shy - we want you safe and supported, and a shoe that doesn’t fit correctly will cause all sorts of foot health issues. Plus uneven pressure caused by ill-fitting shoes will cause early damage to your new kicks. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Yep, the fit feels right
Ok then, let's get you comfy! These are our top tips:
Take your shoes out for a few short stints before the first big all-day outing (and vary the time of day for your short strolls, as your feet swell during the day). On the first full day of wear, take back-up shoes (just in case!)
Choose a sock thickness that prevents slippage - but won't create squished feet - and make sure the laces are pulled firm. If you have slippage, or extra tightness you'll likely meet a blister or few.
Sometimes, even if you are doing everything perfectly (right socks, firm laces), pesky blisters may form during the "wear in" process. Just grab some gel bandaids like these. Place one inside the shoe on the problem area, and one on your foot until the blister heals.
If you feel rubbing or slipping in a particular area, pop some gel pads onto that area of the shoe. This really helps minimise friction, rubbing and sore spots.
The best ever sock is here! Feet love bamboo coz it has natural super-powers to keep smells at bay, sweat wicked away, plus a cosiness factor of 100%. Bamboo also does this thing where it keeps your feet warm when it's cold, and vice versa. Very smart socks indeed!