Can you even imagine a day without your best friends? If they were suddenly lost, how would you feel? Shoes are the best friends to your clothing. They can be the loud, statement-making friend or the quiet, complimentary friend. Either way, they are essential in pulling you together and making you complete. Given their important role in your wardrobe, it's equally important to shop, style, and care for them correctly. Here's a few tips I've picked up:
- Not many people know this, but leather stretches from side to side, making your shoes fit better at the end of the day. (There's a reason leather is more expensive) If your leather shoes fit slightly snug around your toes, they will probably stretch out a little with wear.
- Walk on a hard floor when your trying on shoes. Carpet can cushion the discomfort of bad-fitting ones and you won't notice until your feet hit the pavement. Often when your "breaking your shoes in" and they hurt for the first several wears, it's because they were originally tried on in a carpeted store. Think about it... all the cheap shoe stores are carpeted, and the nicer ones have a hard-floor section for walking.
- I know everyone has heard this, but for some reason it's hard to do: If you shop at the end of the day, your feet will be slightly swollen. If your new shoes feel good and fit then, your in good shape. It's as if your feet are saying, "If you can't handle me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best" type of thing.
- Finally found the perfect pair that you want to last forever? Take them to a cobbler and have a rubber sole added. They will last twice as long. :)