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6 Tips to Find the Perfect Shoe Fit

By , Vionic Footwear
Have you ever had a true Cinderella moment—when you slip into a pair of shoes and immediately say, ''YES!''? If you have, consider yourself lucky; when it comes to shoes, finding the perfect fit is not always an easy feat!
Vionic, a pioneer in developing shoes that provide natural alignment from the ground up, knows a thing or two about shoes. Their collection was developed by a team of world-class podiatrists and is designed to hug your arches and support your feet for all-day comfort. Here, they provide their six tips for making sure your shoe fits perfectly every time. 
Tip #1: Your shoe should fit the shape of your foot.
For example, if you have a wide forefoot or wider foot in general, pointed-toe pumps will most likely be an uncomfortable option for your foot shape. Your forefoot should fit comfortably within the width of the shoe (i.e. the ball area of your foot should be sitting within the widest part of the front of the shoe).
Tip #2: Except for the very front tip of the shoe, you should be able to feel the shoe around your entire foot.
There should not be so much space in your heel that it is lifting out of your shoe at every step, or that you experience rubbing and friction against your heel. There should be less than a finger’s width of space between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe.
Tip #3: Don’t start with shoes that are uncomfortably tight, thinking they’ll “stretch out” over time.
Just like with clothing sizes, it’s best not to get hung up on a number. Almost every brand varies slightly in sizing, so make sure to always try on shoes for comfort! (Additionally, most people’s feet are not exactly the same in size, so you should always fit to your larger foot.)
Tip #4: If you have stiffness in your big toe joint, find a stiff-soled shoe.
Stiffness in the joint can be a sign of early arthritis and the joint will become progressively more stiff over time. A stiff-soled shoe, which is curved upward toward the toes (rocker sole), can help in more advanced cases. Inserts (orthotics) inside the shoe can help to reduce load and improve function.
Tip #5: Don’t let heel pain get the best of you.
Plantar fasciitis is the name for the condition that develops when the plantar fascia tissue becomes inflamed. When the plantar fascia is excessively stretched, micro-tears can occur, causing this swelling and subsequent pain. Wearing shoes with arch support is an easy, effective method of naturally realigning the foot. Worn consistently from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, orthotic support can reduce and sometimes eliminate plantar fasciitis.
Tip #6: If you over-pronate, make sure you find a shoe with sufficient arch support.
Over-pronation occurs when the ankle rolls too far downward and inward with each step, causing the arch to collapse and the muscles and supporting structures to overstretch and lengthen. In addition, it causes the pelvis to tilt forward, which can cause an increased curvature of the lower back. Over time, over-pronation can lead to heel pain, shin pain, knee pain, lower back pain and a whole host of other issues. Shoes with orthotic technology built into them control the internal rotation of the shin bone and the rotation on the knee and hip joint. This reduces stretching and frictional forces on the muscles.

About Vionic Footwear
Vionic footwear merges unparalleled biomechanical technology with versatile, modern design fit for every occasion. Developed by Phillip Vasyli, renowned Australian podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel® Technology, Vionic shoes help restore natural foot function and relieve heel pain, promoting a more active lifestyle. Vionic’s footwear and orthotic inserts are also endorsed by noted integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil. With premium materials, artful construction and streamlined silhouettes, Vionic’s men’s and women’s collections provide standout style with exceptional comfort and functionality.
For additional information about Vionic with Orthaheel Technology, please visit

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CECELW 5/26/2021
pretty good info Report
JULIJULINN 3/19/2021
How much did Vionic pay Sparkpeople for this ad? Report
CKEYES1 1/8/2021
I buy wide width Report
CD6913562 12/11/2020
Great information to know and use when purchasing new shoes. Report
PIZZA5152 11/16/2020
Good tips Report
ST3PH 11/5/2020
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Good article. I'm in the market for new shoes so will keep these tips in mind. Report
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good tips and glad to see that some other spokespeople endorse the shoes. Report
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Vionic shoes do not come in my size but I will use this information to find another brand of shoe that does. Thanks for the information! Report
Always try them on! Even the same brand, model and size will be different. Report
I know first hand how important it is for me to have a shoe that fits my foot and I NEVER want to be in that kind of pain EVER AGAIN by not having proper shoes!!!!


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Size 5 except with braces, then size 6 extra wide with inserts. Hard to find lots of time. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Great article! I wear a 12 narrow, women's. Hard to find shoes that fit! Men's are too wide. I'll check out the Vionics, thx! Report
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I was very pleased with my Vionic. Report
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The experience I've had is if you want a cheap shoe, go to Walmart. Its much easier to find a shoe with extra toe room. However if you want good support, you get what you pay for. Go to a regular shoe store, pay more, but get a good shoe. the downside is that nearly all of the expensive shoes have no extra toe room and you can't buy wide shoes. Its a lose lose situation! Report
Thanks for the information. I have to check these out. Report
I have wide feet so I have to be extra careful Report
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I've never seen this brand in the store and I don't buy shoes or clothes unless I can try them on. These are great tips, but really unrealistic when you're shopping for shoes unless you have an easy foot to fit. My experience is that shoe store personnel know very little about finding the right for. Report
I would never buy shoes on the internet again because I have duck feet. Narrow in the back and wide in the front. Hard to find a shoe that fits without rubbing some part of my feet. Report
Thanks for sharing! Report
Beware, as a vionic former wearer they come VERY small/short. I love the design but they have caused a callous on my second toe and I always ordered them larger. I have a pair now, brand new, I can't wear. Sigh. Report
Thank you for these tips. It is so important to pamper your feet and dress properly when you walk! Report
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Good article, but they omit anything about bunions .. which with a poorly fit shoe can be very painful. Report
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That's a good point that numbers don't matter if your feet hurt in the smaller size. As someone that walks around a lot regularly, I agree that comfort is more important. My feet are wider at the front, so I've never been a fan of the pointy toed shoes. It's no wonder since my feet aren't the right shape for that.
I wear a size 6, but with a AA-heel. I can't count the number of times I've tried on shoes only to be able to put a finger in the space between the heel of the shoe and my heel. New Balance has been my walking shoe because I can usually find something that fits. For my everyday shoes, I buy SAS. If I can find a store that sells Vionic, I'll try them on. But I'm not holding out much hope, not with my feet. Report
@RENEETC1, we have a sale going on right now with up to 50% off (sandals, walking shoes, casual shoes, and more); a great time to give them a try! Plus, we have a 30-day wear test and free exchanges and returns if they don't work out for you. Report
I also have to try on shoes. I went to the website, and the prices are really high. I can't see paying $125 for a pair of walking shoes. Way out of my budget. Report
@LSIG14, has a store locator page where you can find the retailers that carry Vionic shoes in your area: Report
Is there an outlet somewhere where I could try on Vionic shoes? I have major foot problems and cannot buy shoes without trying them on! Report
Great article. Thanks for the info. Very informative :D Report