Keys to Proper Fit

What improper footwear sizing can mean to you:

  • Shoes that are too small are one of the major causes of foot pain and problems.
  • Shoes that are too large can cause blistering and a lack of stability.
  • You cannot assume your shoe size is the same as it has always been.  The shape of your feet changes over time.


Footwear size is often thought of in terms of linear measurement – overall length, heel-to-ball, ball width. Because the foot is three dimensional, any two dimensional measuring tool, such as a ruler or Brannock device can only approximate your true shoe size. But, for handcrafted footwear, the manufacturers of shoe lasts go beyond and take into account “volume fit”.  The shoe last provides the required “inner space” to offer personal comfort and proper foot volume allowance inside the shoe.  This is especially important for closed shoes or boots.  .

Please also keep in mind that each footwear manufacturer uses different lasts to construct their shoes and sizing may vary accordingly.  One company’s size 8 may be another’s size 8-1/2

Our fitters are constantly dealing with a wide range of foot types – fleshy, fat, bony, stocky muscular, or spready – none of them that off-the-shelf footwear account for.  .

For these reasons, our professional shoe fitters apply skill, knowledge and judgment when measuring each foot.  Our fitters know that volume fit is every bit as crucial as traditional size fit.

Custom fitting takes into consideration all volume fit factors ensuring efficient shoe performance and comfort satisfaction.

To know more about your real shoe size – call us for a custom measurement.