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."

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How to Buy Shoes

If you're spending your hard-earned dough on a quality pair of shoes, we suggest taking them for a serious test drive. Here's how to ensure you leave the store with the right pair.