Wide feet, narrow feet, hammer toes, Morton's toe, bunions and corns. Many foot problems leave walkers frustrated when it comes to buying shoes that fit.
Get the Right Shoe Shape
The shape of a shoe comes from the last - the three-dimensional foot-shaped mold used to form the shoe. Companies generally produce shoes on one or more lasts, but still a very limited number. These include a straight last for those who overpronate, a semi-curved last for those with neutral feet and a curved last for those with high rigid arches.
Walkers find that some brands have narrower or wider toe boxes and heels no matter which last is used.
A few athletic shoe companies have shoes in various widths. Brooks and New Balance have most designs in different widths.
Get Fit in Person at a Good Running Shoe StoreGetting a good fit from a store that specializes in fitting athletic shoes is the first step. Most general sporting goods stores staff their shoe department with whoever they have available. To find knowledgeable shoe fitters, you must find the serious running shoe store in your area.
How to Find the Right Athletic Shoe Store
Go Online for Basic Advice
There are places online to go for some basic advice - the Roadrunner Sports Shoe Dog allows you to enter basic facts and get a list of shoes that may fit you needs. This is a good first stop before venturing out to try on shoes at the shoe store.
But if you still can't find shoes that fit despite using professional fitting, it's time to explore other options.