Now here’s the third tip from my talk “5 Things every woman should know about shoes”, for your delectation.
As part of our training arm The Shoe ConsultantTM Academy, we coach footwear retail staff on how best to meet the needs of shoe shoppers.
You will notice that we haven’t worked with every retailer yet, so you may find that you’re still being pressured into a purchase by sales consultants.
This crucial tip helps you, the customer, to block out the hard sell, and make the right decision before being lured to the till.
Demand fit and comfort
Have you ever been told that the too-tight shoes you’re trying on will “give”? Perhaps you’ve been offered heel grips or insoles for too-loose footwear.
The cold hard facts are these:
- Your shoes will definitely not “give” in length. If your toe is at or close to the end of the shoe when you stand up, don’t buy that size.
- The footwear may well not “give” in width, especially if it’s made from a synthetic or canvas material on the upper or lining. Softer leathers and suedes may be more forgiving, but as the sole won’t change in width, the uppers may bulge unattractively over the sides of too-narrow footwear.
- If heel grips and insoles seem to do the trick at first, they are certainly not a long-term solution, as they may compress or come unstuck, and the shoes will still be too large.
If the footwear you’re trying on doesn’t fit and feel comfortable instantly, please do your bank balance a favour and leave that pair in the shop. There are too many pairs sitting unworn in wardrobes for those reasons. Sometimes you need to accept that that style just wasn’t meant for you.