Show me a man whose shoes fit well and I will show you a happy man. Having this wisdom, now, how do you and I figure out if our shoes are too big. Yeah, sure, they’ll pinch, make you a gimp, whatever. But why not stall it? Heres a scenario, you walk into a footwear store to replace your old worn-down shoes. No matter what you're buying, a pair of shoes, slippers, or socks, finding the right fit is always hard. You state your size, a pair of your choice is handed over, you pay up and walk out pleased as punch. Only to come back hobbling the next day. Tsk, tsk. Okay, let us educate you on how to tell if shoes are too big.
If you’re trying out dress shoes or sneakers, tighten laces to the extreme. If that feels comfortable than your shoes are probably too large for you.
The second test is the ‘finger test’. This will reveal if the shoe is too long for you. Place a finger, two if it calls for behind your heel and if goes through, you need to opt for a smaller size. And if its heels you are picking up, 1 cm tolerance is max. You want your heels clinging to you subject to other test parameters.
Stroll around and focus. Don’t rush this. It is crucial. Feet sliding around? Too large? Side to side? Wide shoes will give you blisters. Downsizing won’t fix it. Actually, it can exacerbate the situation There are a lot of add-ins; heel grips, gel adhesive slings, insoles, etc. That brings up the one question; are you trying to fit the shoe to your foot? It should be the other way around.
A tight shoe will tell you straight away by mashing your toes that it’s too small for your foot. The width is slightly dodgier.
And there are some shoes which are your right size, they fit well but still appear a tad tight. Well, they are supposed to be that way, the materials will give just a little with use and the shoe will be snug against your foot. If they are too small, your feet will groan immediately.
Leather shoes should always be a snug fit when you leave the store. They will break in by and by. There are tools that help to break shoes in; shoe stretchers or boot stretchers will do the trick.
As we age, the effects on feet are they tend to get flatter and wider, leave alone the body. So what your foot size was earlier will most probably be different. Studies reveal that a third wear ill-fitting shoes. Looks apart, comfortable shoes can give you a host of medical problems, especially for diabetics. Ankles, knees, and back all will start groaning. Wearing the wrong shoes will ruin the shoes first and if they are ill-fitting, cracks and creases will develop
Shown above is the Brannock device. It is the foolproof, established means of measuring your foot accurately. With this device, you can accurately measure the three crucial parameters; length, width and depth of the arch. Armed with these precise measurements, acquiring the right shoe is a whole lot easier. The only drawback of the Brannock device is that getting the measurement of your instep is not possible.
You can also do it at home by tracing out your foot on a piece of paper and measuring the length and width of the foot. You can’t get the arch depth though.
Size is one part of getting the right pair. Style is equally important. Foot shapes come in a wide array, slim, broad, splayed, etc. A pointed shoe may not be as comfortable as a rounded toe. Foot shape and size together will decide the comfort level.
Another method to tell if the shoe is too large is by stretching your feet and attempt to touch the front of the shoe. If space is left, the shoe is probably too large and you need to downscale. You should be able to fit a thumbs width between toes and shoes.
Wear the shoes and tighten the laces fully. If the shoes fit correctly only when the laces are fully tight and the flaps overlap, it is certain that the shoes are too big. You should use quality laces to get a snug fit when wearing sneakers and other types of dress shoes.
When seated, do you feel space between the toes and the shoe front? Can you curl your toes easily? If you can do it easily, the shoes are too big. By pressing the edge of the shoe against a hard surface if it gives or can get compressed, the same thing, the shoes are big.
Assuming all the tests pass, or minor adjustments need to be done with tools, you can pat yourself on the back for having laid your hands on a personalized pair of shoes. But in spite of your best efforts, if you have landed a size too big, the best option is to get them replaced. For some reason, if that is not possible, then here are some DIY techniques that will help fix shoes.
1. How much room should be at the end of a shoe?
At the front end, a thumbs width and at the heel end a finger should slide in easily. This allowance will ensure a good, snug, comfortable fit.
2. Is it wrong to wear big shoes?
Yes, definitely. The wrong shoes can invite a host of health problems. First to suffer naturally are the feet, then legs, knees and onto the spinal column. For diabetics, it can be worse.
3. What is the remedy if your shoes are too big?
For starters use thick socks you have. The gaps need filling. Newspapers crumpled don’t quite fit the bill. Better still, if you have some spare flannel, cut strips and place them at the toe and heel end.
4. Should shoes be tight or loose?
Neither because both indicate an ill-fitting pair. If they are loose, the answer has been provided. But if they are tight, and of leather, they will expand in time. Try the trick of warming them with a hairdryer and flexing them. It will make the shoeless rigid.
5. Is it OK to wear big shoes?
Depends how big? There is no damage to wearing shoes that are big. It poses problems such as shoes slipping off and the shuffle in your gait. Your personal safety is compromised.