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?
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.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.
Thanks for the good advice. :icon_smile: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.