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New to both this forum, as well as quality shoes.

So my question is this:

Should you buy a shoe that fits well when first tried on? or, Should you buy a shoe that is snug, with the idea that the leather stretches out?
 

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A shoe should fit you properly from the first moment you put it on. While it is possible for a snug shoe to stretch to fit, that is at best an iffy situation. Remember, as you wear your shoes, throughout the day your feet will swell somewhat and if your shoes are too snug to begin with, they will be uncomfortably so at that point!
 

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And the answer is . . .

. . . it depends upon the style of the shoe - a bit.

My advice to you is that a shoe should fit well (no slippage, no areas of tightness or discomfort) in general, but that, with slip-ons, a bit of snugness in the area of the vamp might be OK. With lace-up shoes, they should be the right size from the moment that you try them on, IMHO.

One should wear new shoes on at home, on carpeted surfaces, to get a true idea as to their size and comfort - if they're not comfortable after walking around a bit under such conditions, consider returning them. Even experienced shoppers can be fooled by the way that a shoe will fit in the store, walking on it for a short period of time.

Welcome to the forums, and welcome to the journey that is dressing oneself better. Clothing is language, advertising, and self-expression, so enjoy learning about speaking better of oneself.

New to both this forum, as well as quality shoes.

So my question is this:

Should you buy a shoe that fits well when first tried on? or, Should you buy a shoe that is snug, with the idea that the leather stretches out?
 

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I have heard that one should try on shoes at the end of the day as some swelling occurs. Any thoughts on this idea?

On a similar note, I recently bought a pair of running shoes at a specialty shop and they suggested I run prior to coming in (because of swelling?). I picked a pair that fit well after a 20 minute run. I now find that the shoes fit only reasonably well when I first put them on, but once I've run for 5 minutes, they feel comfortable and supportive. Perhaps this principle would apply to dress shoes as well.
 

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Thanks

It seemed no matter the size I picked, there was always some room in the toe area.

Was afraid there would be too much space after more wear.

Now I just have to find some cheap cedar shoe trees to take care of them.

Thanks for the help.
 

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I have heard that one should try on shoes at the end of the day as some swelling occurs. Any thoughts on this idea?

On a similar note, I recently bought a pair of running shoes at a specialty shop and they suggested I run prior to coming in (because of swelling?). I picked a pair that fit well after a 20 minute run. I now find that the shoes fit only reasonably well when I first put them on, but once I've run for 5 minutes, they feel comfortable and supportive. Perhaps this principle would apply to dress shoes as well.
There a some specialist shoes stores in the UK and they have a treadmill or some form of a running device in the store. After a short run, they review the fit with you. There must be specialist stores in the US that do they same but I suppose with this particular shop, they may have not had the space.
 

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You are new to the forum, so welcome. I've been treating ailments of the foot/ankle medically and surgically for over 20 years. My strong recommendation is that a shoe should fit comfortably at the time of purchase, and should not have to "stretch" out to be comfortable. That's simply a gamble that is not necessary.

And the recommendation to purchase shoes later in the day is wise. Most people have some mild edema/swelling later in the day, which does slightly effect the way a shoe will fit. Also as suggested, it's always a good idea after purchasing new shoes to walk around the house to make sure you are 100% comfortable and that there are no "hot spots" in the shoe.

One more point that may sound trivial or common sense that is often over-looked, is to wear the same type of sock when you purchase the shoes as you plan on wearing regularly with the shoes. Naturally, different socks will also change the fit of the shoe.
 

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You are new to the forum, so welcome. I've been treating ailments of the foot/ankle medically and surgically for over 20 years. My strong recommendation is that a shoe should fit comfortably at the time of purchase, and should not have to "stretch" out to be comfortable. That's simply a gamble that is not necessary.

And the recommendation to purchase shoes later in the day is wise. Most people have some mild edema/swelling later in the day, which does slightly effect the way a shoe will fit. Also as suggested, it's always a good idea after purchasing new shoes to walk around the house to make sure you are 100% comfortable and that there are no "hot spots" in the shoe.

One more point that may sound trivial or common sense that is often over-looked, is to wear the same type of sock when you purchase the shoes as you plan on wearing regularly with the shoes. Naturally, different socks will also change the fit of the shoe.
Thanks for the good advice. :icon_smile:
 
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