The shoe shopping tricks we wish we knew years ago! 26



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Chances are you’ve been shopping for shoes your whole life but did you know these tips for finding the perfect pair?

1. Shop in the evening

It can be tempting to go to the shops straight away of a weekend but actually you should purchase a pair in the afternoon. This is because your feet swell by the end of the day, giving a more accurate size.

2. Know your arch type

If you’re having trouble finding a comfy pair of shoes, a high or flat arch may be to blame. To find out for sure, wet the bottom of your foot and step on a piece of white paper. Based on the wet parts of the paper, you should be able to determine your arch type. For example, if you have a flat arch, you’ll see most of your footprint. If you have a high arch, the middle part of your footprint (your arch) will be missing. And if you have a normal arch, about half of it will wet the paper. Now you know this, you can get the right shoe.

3. Try on multiple sizes before you buy

Try on the shoe size that you typically wear, then try on a half size smaller and a half size larger. Different brands and different shoes vary.

4. High heels

When buying high heels, try on a slightly larger size, especially if the toe is pointed. At a minimum, the distance between longest toe and end of shoe should be the width of your pointer finger.

5. Aus -> UK size conversion

Have you ever seen size 38 or 39 shoes? These are UK sizes. If you’re having trouble figuring out your size, here’s a diagram for you:

AUS/US 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 12
EURO 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 43

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  1. Last bought shoes a couple of weeks ago. Always get them fitted at Ziera Shoes because I have foot problems and need orthotics. Always have great service and comfy shoes!

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    • Me too. Wear ziera shoes. Expensive but worth it

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      • I like “merida” shoes from ziera. I hope they still have that model when I need another pair. I’ve had about six pairs of those over the years. Their shoes are not expensive when you consider the years of wear you get from a pair. I like to have two pairs on the go, an older one and a best one.

    • I agree they’re great shoes. I bought my first pair in Caloundra, Qld and two more pairs while holidaying on Norfolk Island. They were about $50 a pair cheaper there.

  2. 2 years ago! Shoes last forever! Sandals in the summer…joggers in the winter.. Don,t do any nightlife. Would love to wear heels BUT with vertigo I would have a fall! Horses for courses! X

  3. I hav’nt bought a pair of shoes for yrs can’t afford them

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    • I’ve often found brand new shoes at op shops e.g Hospice shops, or even Savemart! Have bought beautiful leather shoes for $5-10 and consider it great value for money!

  4. love my high heels but think it is time to buy something with a 1 1/2 or 2″ heel instead of my super high ones

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    • It’s horrid at first. But once you go down to a mid height It’s quite flattering. I suffered the indignity of seeing all my heels in the window of the local charity shop.

  5. The shoe size 36 etc are not UK sizes they are EU sizes. An Australian size 7 is a UK size 5 and a EU size 38.

  6. I’ve been buying size 36 for my size 6 feet which is not what the conversion chart advised. They seem to fit most of the time.

  7. Have a foot problem can only wear a small heel or wedge,lucky my daughter in law the same size 37 she got all my beautiful Italian heels,still love good shoes but don’t buy as many these days but still have a Lot…

  8. Get measured first, length and width, for instance narrow feet could be AAA then you have B, C etc. Different brands different sizes. Feet swell in summer and taper off in winter, I did work in a shoe shop many moons ago!

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