Finding the perfect pair of shoes is hard. Finding the perfect fit can be even harder!
We’ve compiled our list of must-knows about finding the perfect fit for every woman, because we know how important it is to love everything about your shoes, including the fit.
Not all sizes are the same – Just because you’re a size 39 in Rollie's doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be a size 39 in Sala. This doesn't just come down to varying between brands, sometimes you could even be different sizes within the same brand. Each style is generally made on a different 'last' (this is the mould in which the sole is created) Once the upper is constructed, brands can alter the fit however the 'last' will always remain the same. Companies that make a vast range of styles may have hundreds of different lasts under the umbrella of their brand meaning that you may not always even be the '39' you think you are. Keeping an open mind and being willing to try different sizes means that you won’t necessarily miss out on the shoes you’ve had your eye on, just because we’re out of “your size”.
Trying on shoes that are leather upper & leather lining - If you are purchasing shoes that are completely leather upper and leather lining, we advise trying the shoes on with a fine stocking or opaque tight. While lots of us may prefer to wear socks without shoes or boots, shoes that are leather upper and lining will generally stretch about the same amount as what a sock will take up after a few wears with a stocking. You can then wear them comfortably with a sock after they’ve been broken in. This depends of course on how you like your shoes to fit. If you like them to fit just right, the above method is generally a helpful tip. If you like them loose, then that's a different story!
Stockings are a shoes best friend! Stockings help when you are trying different types of shoes on as they make it easy to slip your foot into the shoes. Brand new leather is porous and because of this, it can start off being quite stiff and it can take quite a bit of pulling and pushing to get new shoes on. Wearing a stocking will help your foot slide in and out with a little more ease. Trying them on with bare feet can cause them to feel tight as our skin holds moisture and will often 'grip' to the leather until it has been worn in. A sock will just generally take up about half a size in the shoe and will therefore make them feel tight to get into - particularly if they don't have zips or an elastic gussett.
Shoes will stretch in the areas where there is pressure applied. This is generally through the widest part of the foot, or over the instep. You don't want shoes to feel uncomfortably tight but often if they're just 'firm' in these areas, they can tend to 'give' quite quickly.
Shoes won't however give in length. You need to ensure the shoes you are purchasing are the right length for you. Too short and your big toe will push against the end and may get sore quickly and can even lead to ingrown toenails. Too long and once they stretch in the width you may find you'll move forward in the shoe, causing your heel to slip out the back. Often people with broader feet will over compensate in buying a larger size in order to get more width. This can be ok if you are purchasing a boot or something that is secure around your ankle or laces up but if you are buying court style shoes, this will be problematic. Once they stretch in the width, you'll come slipping out the back. No one wants to trip over their shoes or feel as though they need to 'hang onto' them with their toes.
When it comes to open toe shoes you generally want your heel to be sitting fairly close to the back of the shoes. You don't want to see too much of the in sole. Purchasing an open toe shoe that is too large could cause you to trip whilst too buying a pair too small could see your toes hanging off the edge!
It can be tough to get your show size right when there are so many kinds of measurement systems. To help you, we have created a detailed size chart that has European to Australian shoe size conversion. No matter what the size chart you might use, you will be able to get a pair that is a perfect match! Ultimately, if the shoe you ordered doesn’t fit, don’t stress out! Take a look at our Returns Policy and Exchanges section on all online and in-store purchases.
When measuring your foot, you need to wear a sock. Sit down and place a piece of paper in front of you. Using a pencil, trace around a foot carefully. Keep the pencil as straight as possible when measuring and make sure the pencil touches your foot through the process. Using a ruler, you can also measure the distance between the middle of your heel to the tip of your toe. This is how you’ll get the measurement of your foot and the number to check your foot size.