There are a number of different ways to make shoes fit you more comfortably. If you are an interesting size, bought shoes that are not “breaking in” very well or have shoes that feel stiff and rub your skin you can try different ways to make them fit better. Alternatively you can choose a different type of shoe or insert to improve overall comfort. Below are a few ways to make shoes fit better and hurt less.
Elastic Rather Than Laces
Try shoes without laces or shoes that utilize an elastic band across the tongue. They are a great alternative to traditional laces that may pinch the skin and create pressure points the top and sides of the foot. Usually pumps or walking shoes are available in this format.
Insert some Inserts
Available in a range of makes, models, sizes and applications the shoe insert is a great way to improve comfort. If you are a slightly abnormal size, the insert can create a better fit for you. They add an extra level of padding to the bottom of the foot making walking or standing more bearable. In most cases, the more an insert costs, the better it works.
Custom inserts can be manufactured to suit your needs and offer the absolute best in comfort fit. Consult your local shoe repair shop or shoe store to find out about custom inserts in your area.
Of course, if you have the time and the money you can visit a shoe maker and be measured for a custom pair of shoes. Custom shoes fit like a glove and usually last for a very long time. They are made to your design specifics and will be tailored to the size and shape of your feet. The only issue with custom shoes is the price. Expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars and up for that truly custom fit.
Choice of Heel
Avoid stilettos heels at all costs. They not only force the foot into an unnatural and uncomfortable position, they place a lot of pressure on the foot and leg. If you must wear heels choose wedges to provide your heel with more surface area.
Choice of Material
Choose fabrics that breathe and stretch. Natural fibers such as canvas and denim are much more comfortable than man made materials such as patent leather and plastic. Cork is a good material for heels. Leather can be stiff at first but once stretched to fit can be very comfortable.
Stretch your Shoes
You can purchase shoe stretchers at better shoe stores or make your own at home. Some people fill their shoes with wet newspaper and let it dry. Others fill them with potatoes to force the material to stretch. Smearing petroleum jelly on the inside and outside of the shoe during stretching is thought to prevent the material from cracking. A professional wooden shoe stretcher can be made larger or smaller by means of turning the knob. This allows for a custom uniform stretching.