Women buy shoes all year round – so much so that it’s almost a hobby. As online shopping gets more popular and convenient, shopping for shoes can’t be simpler. However, getting the right size has become a new challenge. It’s such a bummer to find that the shoes are actually in the wrong size when you get the package. Now, let’s debunk two common myths regarding shoe sizing so that you won’t get the wrong size again!
Myth #1: Size Down for High Heels
Some say high heels sizing is usually bigger than flats, so we should go one to two sizes down when shopping for heels. For instance, if you wear a US7 in flats, go for US5 to US6 when buying heels.
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In fact, there might be discrepancies in the sizing among different brands and even for the exact same brand, different shoe styles also affect the sizing. Therefore, you may get the wrong size if you just decide out of a guess. The correct way to do it is to measure the size of your feet and then refer to the size chart provided by the brand/shop. After that, consider the shoe style that you want to purchase, see if you need to size up or down. Consult customer service if needed. That’s how to ensure you're getting the right size.
Myth #2: Get a Snug Size for High Heels
High heels are a must-have item for all women. However, not every girl knows how to pick a comfortable size. Wearing a size that fits just right can flatter your legs but you may not be able to wear them for a long period of time.
When we are wearing high heels, the weight of our whole body is shifted to our toes and the ball of our foot. Now if you pick a pair of snug-fitting ones, you are putting even more pressure on your feet. Plus, after a long day out, your feet will swell up from all the pressure they have been bearing with. That makes the heels which fit just right originally feeling too tight, causing discomfort and pain.
For better comfort, a lot of female celebrities pick their heels half to one size up for public events so that there will be more space for the toes and the ball of the foot to avoid blistering. If heels fit too big on you or your feet slip when you first put them on, stuff some cotton at the toe cap or use inserts. Take those out when they start feeling tight later in the day. That way, you will be able to wear high heels with a good level of comfort all day round.