There are so many great and cost-effective reasons to buy your shoes online, and at this time in history as we manage the coronavirus pandemic, online shopping is the way to go.
Let’s face it, online shopping offers you many benefits like the ability to compare prices and save money which is really cool.
Plus, you can also get instant discounts and notifications that can be sent to your email or applied in your shopping cart.
If you happen to be a frequent shopper, some stores even reward you with coupons and deals for online only. So there certainly are some perks!
But first and foremost, you need to know how to measure your feet.
- Outline your largest foot size on a piece of paper.
- Then take a ruler and measure the tip of the longest toe to the back of your heel.
- Then measure the widest part of your foot.
Once you have your size by referring to this chart below, you are ready to start window shopping. So, for example, my foot size is 10” in length and 3 1/2” in width. So my shoe size would be a US – 10; European 40-41; UK-8, with a slim width. Plus, keep in mind that you always measure your foot at the end of the day, as your feet will swell up to one size larger by dinner time.
Also, most people have one foot larger than the other, so you always buy shoes that fit your larger foot size and use an insert in the other shoe. We know that 88% of women are wearing the wrong size of shoes, so it’s no wonder that so many women have bunions and foot problems.
It is really interesting to know that shoe sizes have changed over time. In the 1900s the average American women’s shoe size was 1 – 2, in the 1940s – 1960s size 3; 1970s size 4, in 2010 size 6 and in 2020 the average American shoe size for women is 8.5 – 9. So feet are getting bigger just like us.
Now ageing affects our feet overtime as our feet flatten out under the weight of our bodies. It seems that the tendons and ligaments in our feet lose their elasticity so our feet spread.
But if you buy 100% leather shoes your feet will love you for it. The reason is that 100% leather shoes are breathable. That means that the leather lets air pass right through the material and this allows your feet to cool and it stops them from smelling.
One of the biggest benefits of leather shoes is that they are durable. Genuine leather shoes can outlive other shoes made from synthetic materials. You will pay more for a pair of Genuine Leather shoes but they will be more comfortable to wear and they will pay for themselves over time as they last so long. Buying one pair of leather shoes is cheaper than having 2 pairs of uncomfortable synthetic shoes. When leather is treated or waxed it will be resistant against water and other liquids.
You will always have a much better fit with your leather shoes. That is because of the leather material, as it moulds to the shape of your foot. When trying on plastic or synthetic shoes, you can find they often feel hard against your feet and they won’t change to accommodate the shape of your feet. The beauty of leather is that since our feet are not exactly the same, leather will adapt to your foot shape, giving you extra comfort and support. You must always look for comfort, grip, durability and style in a shoe as these attributes are what is going to make your shoes a favourite.
Don’t forget that Since leather is a natural material, no harmful chemicals are used to create it making it Eco-Friendly.
Since leather shoes can be repaired your neighbourhood ‘Cobbler’ would be your new best friend. Any woman who has bought heels has had to replace the plastic heel tip with a much safer rubber tip. Those plastic tiny heels are so scary on any tile floor as well as extremely noisy as you ‘click-click-click’ down the hall. Now Cobblers mend and repair shoes, and have been around for most of human history. A ‘Shoemaker’ or a ‘Cordwainer’ are skilled artisans who specially design or make shoes.
Understanding that a great pair of shoes is an investment, and since your entire body weight is supported by your footwear, you should ensure that they are gorgeous but more importantly – comfortable to wear.
Now I wanted to do my part and help out during this coronavirus pandemic. So myself along with a number of Rotarians have been sewing cotton face masks and donating them to our community. If you would like a free face mask, just click here. The masks are totally free, and you only pay for shipping and we would love a donation to Rotary for all their hard work. We are all in this together so let’s stay safe and healthy.➠
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Until next time it’s Linda Ferguson – Helping you discover your inner FASHiONiSTA