Every woman has done it. You found a gorgeous pair of shoes, they look amazing, they make your feet look amazing, you can’t wait to wear them.
Then, moments into leaving the house for the first time with them on, you realise what a horrible mistake you’ve made.
Within minutes, you’re in agony, seriously contemplating amputating your feet to relieve the pain – or, you know, going barefoot at least.
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While walking around a race course or city street barefoot with high heels in hand is pretty much a rite-of-passage for any woman, it shouldn’t have to be this way.
That’s why we’ve pulled together the best shoe-shopping advice to ensure you never make another regretful footwear purchase again.
Don’t just go with your regular shoe size.
In store, very few people buy shoes without trying them on. But how many times do you try a pair on, toss up between two sizes and then go with one just because it’s your regular size? The people at ShoeFitExpert.com explain that your foot size can change over time and different brands have different sizing, so it’s not wise to make that final call based on the number on the sole.
The time of day counts.
Going shoe shopping after work? Perfect. Your feet tend to swell as the day wears on and so late afternoon is the best time to try on shoes to ensure they’re not going to be perfect in-store and too-tight the next day.
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