Everyone thinks they know their shoe size, but unless you've actually measured your feet, chances are that you don't. This is because of a lot of variations in the sizes of shoes from different brands. These variations result in a lot of people buying shoes and ending up with shoes that are too big or too small.

So, is it better to buy shoes bigger or smaller? It's better to get shoes that are bigger, though not a lot bigger than normal, as that would cause problems. Getting shoes that are slightly bigger helps with blood circulation, especially if the shoe is a running shoe.

Determinants for Buying Shoes Bigger or Smaller

There are some things you should look out for when you want to get shoes. This is to ensure you don’t buy shoes that are too big or too small.

1. The Material the Shoe is Made Of
2. The Time of the Day You go Shoe Shopping
3. The Size Difference on either Side
4. The Fact that Your Feet are not the Same Size

1. The Material the Shoe is Made Of

Taking into consideration the material the shoe is made of could be the difference between buying a comfortable shoe or an uncomfortable one.

Leather as a material stretches, so if you are getting a leather shoe, you can still go for a slightly smaller fit if you like the shoe. This is because the leather will stretch with use, so you should have no problems on that front.

But if a leather shoe is too big from the get-go, then do not buy the shoe, as a leather shoe that’s too big now will always be too big. Shoes with additional padding can also be bought slightly larger or smaller, as they have more flexibility and support, but other materials generally won’t stretch, so don’t bother if they don’t fit right away.

2. The Time of the Day You go Shoe Shopping

The time of day you go shopping is crucial too, because the human feet swell towards mid-afternoon to evening, especially if you’ve been on your feet all day. If you’re shopping around the evening and you try on a shoe and it's too tight or it's large, don’t buy.

If it’s too tight, then it would affect blood circulation in your legs. If it’s too large, then it wouldn't fit at other times of the day.

3. The Size Difference on either Side

You also want to check this. If the shoe you’re getting is a half size too big, then you can still pick it, especially if it’s an athletic shoe. But if it’s a full size too big or too small, then you’re better off not taking that shoe, and the same applies if it’s more than a size bigger or smaller.

The only instance in which you can take a bigger shoe and still be relatively comfortable is if you have the possibility of insole inserts in the shoe.

4. The Fact that Your Feet are not the Same Size

Your feet are not the same size, and so once you know the measurement of your larger foot, we advise that you use this measurement when you’re trying to get yourself some new shoes.

If you use the smaller measurement, then it’s likely you’ll have a foot that’s not really comfortable, and one that is.

Tips for Trying on Shoes

1. Socks: When you’re going shoe shopping, ensure you pick the socks you’d normally wear with the shoe. This will assist you in making a more precise choice, as you can simulate the conditions for wearing the shoes while you’re still at the shoe store.

2. Width: The sides of your feet should be free from any tightness or discomfort. A tight shoe at the side is prone to tearing, so you shouldn’t pick a shoe that gives you any issues with regards to width.

3. Length: Your prospective shoes must not give you any issues with regards to bunching your toes or pressing against your toe nails.

A Quick Wrap

Getting shoes bigger or smaller should always be a matter of your comfort, and you can ensure this by using the determinants of getting shoes we have prescribed. With them, you won’t go wrong and you’d get the right size of shoe that would suit you. Cheers!

Author's Bio: 

Kamaldeep Chandel is the founder of BestShoesAdvisor.com and lifestyle blogger who wanted to share his knowledge with different lifestyle articles.