Finding the perfect dress shoe fit

05 May 2017
Finding the perfect dress shoe fit
You can find a number of blogs on our website, and online in general, that go into great depth about how your suit should fit, however there aren’t so many that touch on shoes. What’s the point in having an exquisitely crafted suit teamed up with ill-fitting shoes?
So, to make sure you don’t fall foul of adorning shoes which will leave you irritated, we’ve looked at what you should look for in the fit of your dress shoes.

Signs of ill-fitting shoes

There are a few simple ways of checking to see how well your shoes fit. Start with checking the space both at the front and back of the shoes. Your toes shouldn’t be squeezed against the end of the shoe, a slight gap allows your toes to breath and also grants some room to for the move to forward which will naturally happen when you walk. Along with checking the space at the front of the shoe, your heel should also find itself sat snug at the back. There should be a slight space but if your finger can slide in with ease then they’re certainly too big. A final way of gauging the length of your shoes is if there is creasing beyond the toes – this usually points towards them being too big.
The width of the shoe is just as important as the length of it when it come the fit. The ball of your foot should sit comfortably within the widest part of the shoes, with marginal room offered to move from side to side. Your laces can help to show exactly how well the width of your shoe suited to your foot. If you find the eyelets on your shoes meet (any pair of besides an Oxford) then chances are they’re too wide. While some men and even stylists don’t see this as an issue given the fact that we all have a varying amount of meat on our feet, proper shoe etiquette would state otherwise.
If you find that your shoes fit perfectly in terms of length but not so much the width (or vice-versa), then you might need a different styled shoe. You’ll find that different shoe style will feel dissimilar on the foot, and similarly different brands will also have their own fit and feel. If you do however struggle to find something that’s comfortable then you could always opt for a bespoke pair of shoes. This will help overcome any fit issues and ensure you’re left with the best fitted shoe you’ve ever had.

Finding the perfect fit

When it’s time to buy a new pair of shoes you shouldn’t rush the process. It’s easy to go into a shop, try on a shoe, give your toes a quick wiggle and make the purchase. However, finding your shoes are not the right fit and plain uncomfortable is the last thing you want once you’ve worn them. You’ll be lumbered with having to deal with suffocated toes, sore soles and blisters – all which will ruin your day.
So here are a few pointers to keep in mind before you purchase your next pair.
Tip 01: The first things you want to do is wear similar style of socks that you’re likely to wear with your dress shoes once purchased. We’d recommend thin socks but if thick wool is more your thing then that’s fine. Trying shoes on with socks you’ll wear with them moving forward will provide a far better idea of their fit.
Tip 02: Remember our feet aren’t the same size. One foot tends to be larger than the other, so accommodate for the bigger foot. Having one shoe slightly loose might be uncomfortable, but having one that’s too tight will be more so.
Tip 03: Consider shopping for shoes later in the day. This might sound strange but our feet tend to swell as the day wears on, this once more will give you a better idea of the fit.
Tip 04: Finally, if the shoe is too tight don’t fall for the “the leather will loosen up over time” talk. Yes, some shoes will mould to the shape of your foot with time, but there’s only so much they’ll give if they’re too tight.

A final note

When it comes to buying new shoes, try a variety of style and sizes before settling for a pair. Taking a little extra time to make sure they fir right will save you so hours of discomfort in the future.
 
Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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