The Handbook - How To Guides
31 Days: Style Tips and Tricks
Volume 4

All the tips and tricks needed to shape up for 2012. Each day brings new, expert advice on how to look your best and live life to the fullest, while having a little fun doing it.


How to Buy Shoes

Okay, it's not very hard. You've bought shoes before. But if you've ever arrived at the store unprepared or ended up with a pair that just aren't quite right, then you know .... it sucks. And if you're spending your hard-earned dough on a quality pair of shoes, we suggest taking them for a serious test drive.

Finding the Perfect Fit

The best time to try on shoes is in the afternoon.

Feet naturally swell and expand throughout the day, so this will ensure that your new shoes won't end up pinching your feet later on.


Really look at the shoe.

Inspect the stitching and don't be afraid to ask for another pair if something seems off. Check the lining. Make sure it seems substantial and well sewn, otherwise the shoes won't last long.


Wear the right socks.

When slipping into a dress shoe, you want to wear a light, lean pair of socks. But those aren't the socks you want when you're pulling on a rugged pair of boots.


Really walk around.

You want to get the feel of walking, not just standing. If you're uncomfortable in the store or you've purchased online, take a day or two and walk around the house—on carpeting. You can always return them if the soles haven't been scratched.



That metal foot measurer? It's called a Brannock device and you should use it. You'd be surprised to see how your shoe size can vary from year to year.


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