Proper Fit

Selecting a shoe that fits properly is critical. Yet 95 percent of consumers don’t wear shoes that fit properly. The reason? Fewer than 10 percent of shoe salespeople have even basic training in foot anatomy or shoe sizing?

Shoes that don’t fit can cause a variety of problems from blisters, corns and calluses, to foot, leg and back pain. Here are some tips on finding shoes that fit.

First, quality shoes come in sizes and widths. Some brands come in medium widths only. People with narrow feet buying shoes with a medium width have to fit the shoes short to keep them on their heels. When you take a step, your foot elongates by 1/3 of an inch. If your shoes are fit short, your toes have nowhere to go when you walk and you end up with toe problems.

People who have wide feet buy medium-width shoes extra long in order to fit their feet. When this happens, the shank, designed to be under the arch of the foot, is actually under the ball. The shoes don’t bend easily and they slip at the heel.

When trying on shoes, make sure the wide part of your foot sits in the wide part of the shoe. Allow 3/8 to ½ inch of free space in the toe area. Also, try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at the largest and, if you are like most people who have one foot slightly larger than the other, fit your larger foot.

Perfect Fit Solutions

1. If a 7.5 is too loose and a 7 is too tight we can put a half pad underneath the innersole to make it fit like a 71/4. We have two types of padding that we can use, cork or foam.

2. If you are a heavy walker we can add a heel cushion underneath the innersole to add comfort to the strike zone of the heel

3. Leather Spa carries various styles of innersoles made with a variety of materials to get that perfect fit. Arch supports for example help reduce foot fatigue by distributing the body’s weight evenly on the foot.

4. Halters are pads that go under the ball of your foot. They are placed on top of the innersole. They can be made of suede or foam. Their purpose is to keep your foot from sliding forward. They are especially useful with open toed shoes to eliminate toe overhang.

5. Tongue pads are applied under the tongue of the shoe, which help tighten the instep if you have a low instep.

6. Heel grips are placed in the counter area of the shoe and help prevent the heel from sliding out while walking.

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10 Points of Proper Shoe Fit

Here are some suggestions/tips that we have gathered from various organizations such as the National Shoe Retailers Association, the Pedorthic Footwear Association and the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society:

1. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot.

2. Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot

3. Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet changes as you grow older.

4. Have both feet measured. Most people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the largest foot.

5. Fit at the end of the day when your feet are the largest.

6. Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space 3/8 to ½ inch for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.

7. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

8. Don’t purchase shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit.

9. Your heel should fit comfortable in the shoes with a minimum amount of slippage.

10. Walk in the shoe to make sure it fits and feels right. Fashionable shoes can be comfortable.

If your shoes are just a little tight in one or two areas, Leather Spa shoe stretch spray can help soften the upper so that you may break them in easily.

If your shoes are too loose, bring them in to Leather Spa as we offer a variety of products to customize their fit.

Start a home care program

Your home care regimen should consist of the following four steps:

1. Clean your shoes with a leather cleaner.

2. Condition the leather to restore oils that are lost through water.

3. Polish your shoes to restore the color and shine and to seal out dirt.

4. Weatherproof your shoes to protect them from water and oil. Run through this shoe care regimen each month.

    Store your shoes in cedar shoe trees

    You have 125,000 sweat glands in your feet, all them pouring moisture into your shoes. That is why it makes sense to rotate your shoes and on their off days, put cedar shoe trees in them.

    Cedar’s unique wicking action absorbs moisture, acid and salt, thereby reducing cracking and deterioration of leather.

    Cedar shoe trees also add comfort by smoothing out linings and insoles, and enhance appearance by maintaining the shape of the shoes.

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    Protect your soles

    This is a very thin rubber sole that is applied over the sole of the shoe to make it wear longer. The rubber is so thin that it doesn’t change the feel or appearance of the shoe. It comes in various colors such as black, beige, dark beige, white, and red.

    Protective soles also make your shoes more slip resistant. This is great for safety, but you may not want to put them on your dancing shoes.

    Practice preventative maintenance

    Repair your shoes before wear turns into damage.

    Ladies, don’t wait for the rubber tips to fall off of your high heels. Replace them before they get to the point to avoid more significant damage to your heels.

    The same goes for flats and men’s shoes. Replace the heel before it wears into the heel base or the sole of the shoe. Although we can fix it if it happens it is less costly if you take action before hand.

    Buy quality shoes

    In an average day, a man will take about 8,000 steps. If he weighs 170 pounds, the daily force that accumulates on his feet is 1,000 tons. It makes sense to spend a few extra dollars for shoes that will give you the support you need.

    Shoes made with better quality materials are better for your feet. They are longer lasting and with the proper care and maintenance can last for years.

    High Heels Comfort

    Wear very high heels in moderation.
    If you wear shoes higher than two inches, do so for short periods of time and never for two days in a row.

    Shop for shoes late in the day.
    Feet swell in the course of your daily activities, so try on shoes when your feet are at their largest.

    Get measured regularly.
    Just because you were a size 7 at age 20 doesn’t mean you’ll still be at 40. Your feet grow as you age.

    Avoid heat buildup.
    Heat can cause discomfort and blistering. Choose shoes made of breathable materials and put a little powder inside to help keep your feet dry.

    At Home Solutions

    1. Patent leather shoes can be wiped cleaned with Windex.

    2. If food spills on your shoes, apply baby powder right away. Talcum will absorb the grease.

    3. Every month, go to your closet and put some protective cream on all your leather shoes. You don’t need to shine them, but this will help keep them supple and add life to the leather.

    4. Don’t store shoes near a radiator or other heat source. They dry up, shrink, and the soles will come unglued.

    5. When your shoes get wet, never dry them with a hair dryer or any other heat source. Stuff them with newspaper and let them dry naturally.

    Break in Shoes

    Don’t wait to break in a pair of shoes. You can suffer, or you can bring them in and ask us to soften the spots that rub.

    We can also flatten the shoe’s edges and stitching, so you can enjoy the shoes right away.

    Protect Suede

    For suede, it’s worthwhile to buy a protective spray such as Water and Stain Protector which helps to prevent stains and repel water. Also invest in a suede brush.

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    Keep pointy shoes from curling up

    Keep pointy shoes from curling up and wrinkling at the toes by using a shoe tree. We can even shape wooden trees to match the shape of the toe of your shoes.

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    Protect Toe and Heel

    Have taps put on at the toe and heel, “especially on pointed shoes, which can be difficult to repair at the tips.” They come in a variety of different sizes.

    Seasonal Care Tips

    Winter
    If your shoes get soaked in winter slush, you have a one to two days window to clean them before the salt stains set in. Bring in suede or leather to be cleaned, or apply some white vinegar diluted with 50% water with a paper towel to remove salt.

    Do you accept Mail-In Repairs?

    ​Yes! We accept mail-in repairs worldwide. Simply send us your item if you can’t bring it in for repair in person and we will mail it back to you once it is repaired. You can start the mail-in repair order online at the following link:

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