- Shoe-Size: There are many people who are wearing the wrong shoe-size which results in lower-back problems, feet problems, and discomfort. It is super important you know your proper shoe size and to do so, you need to be measured by a Brannock Device in a shoe store.
- Fit: Once you know your shoe-size, you can now try on shoes. Please know that not all shoes are created equal. Many of them have different sizing depending on the brand so even though you know your shoe-size, the shoe itself might not fit you properly, but here’s how you can tell if it does:
- The “ball” of your foot should be sitting comfortably at the widest part of your shoe.
- There is at most 0.5″ of toe room.
- Slide your foot all the way to the front of the shoe. If there is a lot of room behind your heel where you can easily slide your finger in, your shoe is too big.
- The side of your shoe should not be squeezing on your foot.
- Design: Shoes should be simple in design such as Converse Chuck Taylors or Adidas Stan Smiths. Do not wear Running Shoes/Trainers unless you are actually working out or have a medical condition. Also, avoid Square-Toe shoes and aim for Round-Toe: In short, the reason you avoid square-toe shoes is because they are not flattering to how your feet are naturally shaped.
- Type: There are different types of shoes which are mainly: Sneakers, Flip-Flops, Boat Shoes, Derbies, Dress Shoes, each one having different formalities.
- Formality: Dress shoes are only worn in formal occasions but can be made less form for casual occasions by wearing jeans. Sneakers, Flip-Flops, Sandals are for casual situations or warm environments and should never be worn in formal situations. Boat Shoes and Derbies are more dressy than sneakers but they are not formal enough to be worn to a job interview.
- Color: You can choose any color you want but keep in mind how versatile it is. For an example, neon green shoes may not go well with a lot of your outfits. Also, the color of your shoes should generally contrast with your pants & shirt color for example Navy sneakers with black jeans are not a good combination while Red Sneakers with black jeans will go well. Adding on, many people believe shirt colors similar to your shoes are “too matchy” but you can get away with them matching because your pants are a visual divider between your shirt and shoes. Versatile colors include but not restricted to Black, White, and Brown.
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