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How to shop for shoes when you have different sized feet

DIY Fixes and Tips - By Esther Muchene

This may sound strange and even hilarious to many because it does not affect them. Or worse still, it does and they just don’t know it.

According to a foot measure device, 60% of the population have different sized feet. Out of those, about 80% of the people have a bigger left foot than their right. The difference in size can be minimal or huge depending on the person. If you suffer from this condition, buying shoes can be quite a hassle.

Here are a few tips and hacks on how you can shop for different sized feet

1. If the difference between your feet isn't too huge, you can adjust your shoe to fit. To do this, stretch out the smaller shoe by putting thick socks in it. Put on you hairdryer and blast your shoe with it. This should add a few extra inches to the shoe to accommodate your foot.

2. Another alternative is to buy shoes in the bigger size then put some insoles. Get stiff sport insoles rather than the gel ones as the material is more similar to the material of the sole. Also note where the shoe is bigger, whether it is the toe box or the heel or even both areas. Buy insoles that are targeted for that area.

3. If the difference in the size of your feet is quite big, you may have to buy mismatched shoes. Since not quite a lot of stores will let you buy mismatched shoes, buying two pairs of shoes of different sizes might be the solution. This is not quite cost effective and you may have to choose an affordable pair then match them up.

4. This might cost you a pretty penny but worth your while. Another alternative is to buy customized shoes. This means you get to choose the design and the size of the shoes and then have them made. You can look for a cobbler or visit a shoe factory like Bata or one in Industrial area where they specialize in shoes and inquire. If you want specific type of shoes you can order a pain on various websites such as HealthyFeetStore.com. A quick Google search will also give you other online store options where you can customize your shoes and have them shipped to your country of residence

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