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There's nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes. Because come on, who honestly wants to spend the entire day at the office with heels that pinch—or a weekend running around in painful flats? No one. Sure, you probably had the best intentions while shoe shopping (i.e. trying on a pair to see if they feel great), but more often than not, simply slipping into a pair of shoes for a few seconds isn't enough to tell if they will actually be comfortable in the long run.
However, to ensure the heels, flats, or booties you love won't kill your feet, we're sharing three tests to keep in mind as you're out shoe shopping.
Keep scrolling to watch our video below for our top tricks. Seriously—keep these in the back of your head and you'll minimize the risk of super-painful shoes. Plus, go a bit further to shop some of our favorite shoes of the moment.
The 4 p.m. Trick
Believe it or not, your feet do change as the day goes on. As it gets later, your feet will most likely swell a tad, so it's best to shoe shop later in the day when your feet are already a little swollen. You don't want to get a smaller size earlier in the day and ultimately have them pinch in the wrong places.
The One-Inch Trick
When wearing stilettos, you should have about an inch between the insole and your heel when you lift your heel up. If you can't lift your feet out of your shoe at all, they're probably too high and won't be comfortable.
The Thumb Trick
Leaving a thumb's amount of space between your big toe and the top of the shoe (or right beneath the point if you're wearing pointed heels or flats) is crucial to ensure there's enough wiggle room, rather than forcing your foot to create friction in that area.
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What's your trick for ensuring your shoes will always be comfortable? Let us know in the comments below.
Opening Image: Sandra Semburg