Take A Shoe IQ Quiz


  1. When you shop for shoes, should you always buy the same size? Yes or No
  2. When is the best time to try on new shoes? Morning     Noon     Evening
  1. Is it ok to wear high heels? Yes or No
  1. Can you judge the fit of a shoe while sitting down?Yes or No
  1. How much room do you need between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe for a good fit?

1 inch      ½ inch       ¼ inch

  1. Is it necessary to have your feet measured every time you buy new shoes? Yes or No
  2. Do you ever buy shoes that are tight anticipating that they will stretch out over time? Yes or No


Shoe IQ Quiz : ANSWERS

1. (Answer No) Shoe sizes are not uniform. Sizes will vary between shoe brands and styles. Don’t depend on the size marked in the shoe when you purchase your footwear. Pick the shoe size that best fits your foot.

2. (Answer: for most of us, the correct answer is evening) Our feet swell when we stand and walk for long periods of time. To choose the best fit it is important that you try on the shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.

3. (Answer: No) High heels force your feet forward into the toe box and increase the risk of forefoot problems. Also, most of the body weight is on the ball of the foot. This can lead to metatarsalgia, pain in the forefoot under the metatarsal heads. A moderate or low heel (not more than 2 1/4″) is recommended.

4. (Answer: No) When you stand, your foot naturally collapses into its normal resting position. It is important to stand when you try on your shoes and make sure there is plenty of room to wiggle your toes without pressure. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

5. (Answer: ½”) While standing and putting all of your weight on the foot being measured, make sure there is at least 3/8″ to 1/2″ space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This can be estimated by using your index fingertip.

6. (Answer: Yes) It is important to have both feet measured when buying shoes. Our feet change over time and frequently a larger shoe is needed as we grow older. In addition, most of us have one foot that is larger than the other. Buy to fit the larger foot.

7. (Answer: No) Shoes should feel comfortable when you first put them on. Don’t purchase tight shoes expecting them to stretch. Stitching patterns over the toe box will prevent stretching and can lead to pressure points.

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