Shoe Guide 2: How to pick the right size?
“I love your shoes but I’m not sure about the size!,” “What if the front of the shoe presses my toes?,” “Which size do I go for if the shoe feels too small on my foot but the bigger size is too big?” – these (and a lot more) are the questions we get asked a lot here in roccamore and we totally get it! We believe in investing into quality and beautiful design, but when it comes to shoes, comfort comes first. Our feet are carrying us all day long and we better treat them right with a pair of comfortable shoes of the right size, right?
Picking the right shoes might be a bit tricky, mainly because we all have different foot sizes and shapes. And in the end of the day we want it all – the comfort, design, and quality, don’t we? The good news is that it’s not impossible to find such a pair! It just takes a bit of patience and a few things that you need to know when it comes to picking the right type, shape, and size of your dream pair:
1. Suede stretches better than leather
Suede and leather are both great quality materials, so opting for other materials is a no-go in when it comes to comfort and longevity. However, suede is more flexible and stretches much better than leather, so if you’re concerned about the width size of your shoes, it’s always good to see suede as an option. So you don’t have to worry if the front of the shoe pushes your toes at the beginning because suede will adjust to your foot with time.
2. Try them on anytime
So many guys we’ve seen suggest that we should try shoes on at the end of our day when our feet are swollen from all the work they’ve done. We don’t necessarily agree and would suggest you to try them on in the morning or midday, because if the shoe is of a good quality and good fit it will adjust to your feet on its own, no matter which hour of the day it is.
3. The length, the length!
The length is the most important “measure” you need to consider. If you get the length wrong, you will hardly feel comfortable in your new pair of heels.
4. Watch your instep
If you have a high instep, watch out for the angle of the shoe. The more curved instep you have, the more curved shoes you should go for. If you can’t get 100% right, pay attention to the insole – make sure the insole has cushions to properly support the bottom part of your foot.
5. Free your wide foot
You don’t need to fear high heels if you have a wider foot, but you’ll have to dress it up in soft materials like suede. If the shoe is still pushing from all sides, you can take your heels to a shoemaker who can always widen it out for you a bit. Your ideal shoe would be made of suede at the front (see Eva Dean, Anastasia or Hope) or a good level of elasticity (see Miss Presley or Electric Ann).
6. Secure the narrow foot
If your foot is more narrow, you might be familiar with your foot falling out of your heels. In that case, it’s good to look for shoes with straps or laces so that you can easily secure your feet and make your shoes a lot more stable (see Serafina, Blue Louise) or are easy to adjust in width (see Boss Lady or Lisa Lake). Insole is also a good option as it fills the space between your foot and the shoe.
We hope this will help you a bit in terms of deciding what shape, style or size to go for and if you have questions, tell us in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help you out!