Buying shoes that do not fit or give value for the money spent on them can, among other things, affect your finances. Simon Ejembi highlights things people should consider when they go shopping for shoes
Imelda Marcos loves shoes. In 1986 when the former beauty queen and her husband, Ferdinand, who was Philippine president at the time were forced to flee the country, she reportedly left over a thousand shoes behind.
Imagine how much those shoes would have cost her. Then imagine the amount of money she would have wasted if those shoes did not fit her properly and consequently she couldn’t wear them at all.
Whether you love shoes like Marcos, or you just wear them because doing so is necessary, there is need for you to ensure that you are getting value for your money.
For many people the process of buying shoes is simple: you see them, you like them, you buy them and wear them. But many other people have learnt the hard way that there is need consider many other things when buying shoes.
You surely don’t want to end up walking with a limp during an important event just because your shoes are too tight. Neither do you want to end up being unable to show off those rehearsed dance moves on your wedding day because you have got blisters all over your feet, no thanks to the most expensive pair of shoes you have ever bought.
To ensure that you do not end up buying shoes you won’t use, thereby wasting money, you need to:
Know your size
When was the last time you measured your feet? Do you even know your size or are one of those who says things like “I can wear size 43 or 44? Knowing your size is important. To know your size, it is important to have your feet measured. And this is not something you are expected to do once in a decade.
Generally, people – especially young people – are advised to measure their feet now and then, preferably twice a year. The elderly are not left out. It is believed that as people age, they are likely to notice changes in the shape and size of their feet.
Consequently, it is important that you do not just measure the length of your feet; the arch and width are also important.
It is also recommended that you stand when measuring your feet. This is because when your feet expand when you stand and contract a bit when they are off the floor.
If you have challenges measuring your feet, you can visit a very good shoe store and get their sales personnel to help you with the measurement.
It will be helpful to note that shoe sizes may differ slightly depending on the designer. For instance a size 12 shoe produced by designer A might be slightly bigger than a size 12 shoe made by designer B. This makes it important for you to try shoes out before buying them.
Choose colours that suit your wardrobe
When buying shoes, it is important to consider what you will wear them with. In fact, it is important that you consider your wardrobe. Will the colour you are looking at go with what you have? You are to wear a black suit for your company’s AGM, are those red boots appropriate?
Make sure the price is right
Shoes can be very expensive. It is for this reason that you need to ensure that the shoes you buy are good value for the money.
Bear in mind that the fact that the fact that a pair of shoes is expensive is no guarantee that it is durable. It is also no guarantee that the shoes were finely made. So, when buying a shoe check it out properly and ensure it is in perfect shape — without defect.
Sometimes many different people try on a particular pair of shoes many times without buying it. At a result it may start looking old. Are you buying a pair like that?
A defect as small as a tiny hole in a shoe can quickly become a major problem and prevent you from getting value for your money.
Give up if they don’t fit
Yes, shoes do expand. Yes, tight shoes can be made to fit. But do you need all that? Why not just get shoes that fit? Many people make the mistake of thinking they can wear smaller shoes, they fail to realise that the shoe may lose shape in the process. This is part of the reason why it is not wise to buy shoes even though they do not fit because you think you can stretch them. The best thing to do when the shoes do not fit is to find those that fit. When you receive shoes as gifts and you can’t return them, you can try to modify them.
Try out the shoes on both feet
When buying shoes try them on both feet. It is believed that one feet is usually bigger than the other. Hence it is important to ensure that the shoes fit on both feet. It is advised that you allow a little space for your toe to move. The ideal thing is to leave a half inch space at the front of your longest toe. When trying shoes out, it is wise to do so using the socks you expect to use when wearing them.
Take a walk with both shoes on
Of course no dealer is going to allow you go take a walk down the street to determine if the shoes are okay. But they won’t stop you walking around in the store. Do just that; walk with the shoes on and ensure that they have enough room to be comfortable no matter what you’re doing.
Avoid shopping for shoes in the morning
The preferred time to shop for shoes is later in the day o evening. This is because the feet are said to be smaller in the morning when you wake up. The get swollen – bigger – as the day progress and you move around. Consequently, shoes that were comfortable in the morning may become tight later in the day. By waiting till later in the day to shop for shoes, you can avoid such an experience.
The idea is, regardless of the type of shoes or purpose for which you are getting them, always ensure that you buy shoes that are comfortable, even if that means buying a size that is smaller than what you normally purchase. Make sure your shoes fit right from the point of purchase. That way not only will you prevent your money from going to waste, you will also protect your feet from having problems or becoming deformed.
By SIMON EJEMBI