Do Your Shoes Fit?
The Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Holmes begins a recent column by asking the question: "When was the last time you had your foot measured to check your shoe size? If the answer is more than a year ago, there is a good chance your shoes are causing you some kind of pain."
According to US shoe makers, average sizes are creeping up and retailers are watching the extended-size market carefully. And a recent British survey, more than a third of men admitted to buying shoes that didn't fit right. So before you pull the trigger on some new kicks, Holmes offers a few things to keep in mind.
Be Open to a New Size
"Many people feel committed to a specific number, which may be wrong. Sizes can differ, in both length and width, by as little as a few millimeters. If you are usually a size 10.5 D, the standard medium width, you might want to try a size 11 C, for a slightly longer, narrower shoe."