Be careful while selecting the pair of shoes you are going to purchase.

India
August 8, 2011 10:42pm CST
While you are trying to select the pair of shoes for your purchase, the shoe salesman always has the tendency to reinforce a common misconception that a tight shoe will eventually become loose. By the time that occurs though, you may have corns and calluses on your feet. If the shoe is tight, there may not be enough space for the second toe. So, after wearing the shoe, press down with your finger and see. If the shoe is jammed up against the front of the shoe, the nail may be damaged during exercise. It is the best way to buy shoes in the evening as your feet are then slightly swollen from the day’s activity. The shoes should be comfortable the minute you try to walk.
19 responses
@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
9 Aug 11
This is a nice share, doctorDD! I never buy shoes in the evening time, though. I usually buy them in the afternoon. hihihi.. Anyway, I prefer buying flats since they're easy to walk with. Since I started working from home, I never bought another pair of high-heeled shoes. Now, I'm missing it though. But were will I use it!hahaha! Nevermind! I'm sticking with my flats!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 11
Same here, since i don't work in office anymore, i don't buy high-heeled shoes anymore. In my cabinet, i only have sandals, flat shoes and sport shoes... They are convenient for me to walk around.
@beingwell (3627)
• Thailand
10 Aug 11
hi myfb! That's right. What I have now are sneakers, rubber shoes, and several pairs of flat sandals. I still windowshop for high-heels and clogs every now and then. I liked wearing them before. However, I choose not to buy them anymore. I'd rather buy something else..hihihi :)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
Yeah. you said it's right. We must be aware of it. The salesman is always keep saying the quality of the shoes is nice. So that their customers would buy for it.
• Philippines
10 Aug 11
You must try to see and analize the shoes you want to buy. Anything is under on your part when you want to buy for it.
• United States
19 Aug 11
Having worked in the Podiatry field for a very long time, this is so true! By the time the shoe is broken into and comfortable there is already damage made to the foot. The foot bones shift constantly when the foot is in tight surroundings. This is when bunion's worsen too.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
11 Aug 11
That has happened to me. I had shoe salesman sell me paid of sneakers once that were to small! Never again! I don't have a salesman help me try on shoes anymore! I look and try on as I please! When i find the right pair of shoes then i will buy them! I learned my lesson!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 11
Thanks for this nice info. I usually bought my shoes in the afternoon and at night. As for me, i usually will bring along a sock and will wear it before i test the shoes. If it fit perfectly, then i don't have problem wearing it whole day. I had tried my technique and it had been working perfectly for me. In future, i will try your technique as well.
@fantabulus (4005)
• India
10 Aug 11
You are right shoes shop owner is tendency to enforcing for purchase even the shoes or chappal are not fit in our leg. Nice discussion and thanks for suggestion I always take care of this.
@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Aug 11
Yes, best to buy shoes in the afternoon or evening and if they are a bit tight you can put wadded up newspaper in them for a day or two and they will stretch alittle. It helps me. I never have the calluses or corns but could have if I didn't do this. There are shoe spreaders too.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Aug 11
MOst of the places I go to for shoes are self service anyway, so no sales person pressure. :D
@anil02 (2968)
• India
9 Aug 11
You are doctor so I am writing you about my problem. I have problem of swelling in my legs. It is more in left leg. Size of my shoes in normal condition is 8 but after sitting of 2 hours it will be 10. My urine sugar is nil. Suggest me about this problem.
@louievill (18899)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
good advice but I never bought shoes from a shoe salesman or let anybody like that influence my decision as to my choice. I buy my shoes in the mall and decide many days or weeks before hand what I want until the final purchase, If there is one item I am willing to spend a lot of money on, it's shoes, I always buy expensive, branded quality shoes cause bad shoes would affect your whole body, even your posture, I also believe that nerve endings in the feet affect our organs so i always invest on good quality shoes.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
Those are the exact words of the sales lady when I bought a pair of shoes a month ago. You know what? I only used it one time, then decided to send it to my sister who has smaller feet than mine. It hurt like crazy to walk in them. Why did I fall for such a trick? Well, I have size 5 and a half feet, and not all shoes have half sizes. So instead of buying size 6, which is loose for me, I end up buying size 5 which the saleslady reassured will loosen up eventually. No, I can't wait for this "eventually" to come, my feet hurt so much I think I'll only destroy my feet that way. So this has been a lesson learned.
@Harmonics (251)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
Having an informed mind will help us see what is really true or not when it comes to buying products we need to use. Many companies are now profit-centered so what matters most to them is the sales. Costumer concern is usually put in the background. I remember once when I stopped at a gas station to refuel and this gas attendant approached telling me that one of their fuel product would give me savings because it will make my vehicles engine economical. Oh, come on. What does he know about that that. He is not even a mechanic. I can't help but smile to myself seeing how companies make sensational claims just to sell a product. Regarding the shoe situation above, many are indeed giving in to the salesman's explanation without giving much attention to details of such claim. It might be a small thing, but wearing tight shoes(because of believing it will loosen soon when used)are the cause of some foot ailments. This time, the salesman wouldn't be around this time to help you.:-)
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
9 Aug 11
Hi Doctor, You are right. Whenever we do the trial, we should feel a comfort, which means the footwear is suited to us. If any kind of uncomfort or unpleasant feel may cause irritation in the long run and always better to go for the best comfortable while making the purchase. Thank-s
@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
What an absurd suggestion! It would mean you just have to bear first having those corns and calluses, before the shoe loosens up. yes, that's right. Buy shoes in the afternoon or evening. That way the shoe that you will but will be just right for your feet.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
9 Aug 11
I have always hear 'Oh, you'll grow into them.' When I was growing up my parents bought oversized shoes for me all the time. And I never grew into them because I was a rowdy child and tore them up as I went running threw the woods and Ahem using the toes of them as breaks when riding my bicycle. When I got older I read about how it's actually really bad to purchase children's shoes too big for them because they won't learn to walk correctly like that. With my own children if I caught shoes on sale I purchased as many sizes of them as I could afford and just passed them down from one to the next if they weren't worn out. When my boyfriend and I got together I noticed his son walked funny and the next time he went to get his son shoes I went along and found a pair that his son liked and that fit nicely. But, when we got back to my boyfriend's mom's house she threw a fit because the shoes weren't 'big enough' There was a thumbs joint of room for the big toe which I think is plenty big enough. He walks much better now too, so I just hope that my boyfriend will notice this and heed my advice next shoe shopping trip. As for myself. More often than not I have a hard time finding shoes wide enough. I have often purchased kids shoes because my feet are short and wide and this is the cheapest way to remedy that problem.
@zerd87 (301)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
Yes that is true...It is their job to sell. One thing I always do in buying shoes is their quality and comfortability to my feet. I usually put a finger behind my feet if Im sizing up the shoe. It is like giving and allowance to the feet.
@xuyxuy (435)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
This is very informative. I am so grateful to you that you post this. Now I have another tips in buying a new pair of shoes. Yes, indeed, the shoes should be comfortable to wear because if not it will ruin your day due to the painful blisters if its too tight and corns on your toes.
@toniganzon (51617)
• Philippines
9 Aug 11
I have never ever bought a shoe in the morning and unless you are buying a pure leather one, shoes will never expand no matter how long you wear them at all. This is a good recommendation. For leather shoe owners i would like to add that to preserve the shoe size of a pure leather shoes it shouldn't be worn everyday. Shoe experts said that it should be worn alternately. So if you are wearing your black leather shoes today, skip a day before wearing it again. Otherwise it would expand as pure leather breathes.
@surfer222 (1715)
• Indonesia
9 Aug 11
nice info... i never met a shoe salesman that force me to buy tight shoe and said that it will become loose but if i do met one, i'll remember your info...