If you have corns and calluses on your feet and often experience foot fatigue, it might be high time to evaluate what size of shoes do you wear, and if it is actually the right one for you.

The first, and if not the most important, rule when choosing your shoes is to make sure that it fits you well. No amount of features or style can compensate for wrong shoe size as it will only result to being uncomfortable and constantly feeling in pain.

Luckily, it is easy to know whether the size you are wearing is the right one for you. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to identify your true shoe size.

Men
If you will notice, men shoe size often varies depending on the shoe brand—this is primarily because manufacturers use different shoe mold which results to size differences. Because of this, men should make it a point to have their foot measured the old-fashioned way so they can know your actual foot size in centimeters or inches.

Knowing your true size should help you pick the size closest to yours. Just remember, though, to have it measured standing up as feet has tendency to swell when weight is put on them.
With regards to shoe fit, take note that it should never be too tight or too fitted on your feet. Since men typically moves a lot, your shoes should have an extra space to allow comfortable walking or light running. It is advised that you get shoes with extra half an inch in front and 1/8 of an inch at the back to allow some movements. With this, you are kept away from painful blisters or unsightly callouses.

Women
Women are lucky as they have tons and tons of shoe style to choose from, but this makes it a lot harder for them to know their true size as most brands follow different sizing. Much like in the case for men’s shoes, women are advised to have their foot measured with the good-old measuring tape to know their real foot size.

If you find it hard to get the exact measurement by yourself, ask help from your trusted sales person. Knowing your real foot size will make your shoe shopping a lot easier since you can always pick the size closest to yours.

Another thing that women should keep in mind when choosing the correct shoe size is their feet’s width. Make sure that all your toes are laid flat comfortably and are not being squashed, otherwise it will only result to blisters and calluses just the same. Adding half-an-inch space allowance on your shoe size is advisable so that your feet have room for movement.

Shoe style is also a factor women should consider as, sometime, form and design can alter shoe sizing. Take in the case of narrow-pointed shoes—they may seem bigger in length compared to your usual sandals, but in reality, offers the same foot space.