As much as we will suffer for fashion, there comes a point where we just can't take the pain any longer. Our feet know all about this. Those guys have endured them all: tightness, blisters, heel cuts, toe jams, unstable wobbles, and more. Just like how certain clothing items don't suit your body type, there are styles of shoes that work better on your feet than others. We had to hear this from three footwear experts — shoe doctor-repair wizard David Mesquita at NYC-based Leather Spa, Jessie Randall, President and Creative Director at Loeffler Randall, and Beth Kanfer, Fashion Director of Women’s Footwear at Nordstrom — to believe it.
All our shoe aficionados agree that it's crucial to get your foot fitted professionally to understand how long and wide your feet actually are. (We suggest asking a shoe sales associate at a department store like Nordstrom for a comprehensive foot fitting on a Brannock device — you know, that measurement contraption you see at shoe retailers.) Once you find out your width and length, you may find that certain designers or brands are better suited for your feet than others. If you can't make it to a fitting for a while, and you're looking for instant foot relief, we have 20 summer shoe solutions ahead, all based on five common problems that women face on a daily basis. It's time to take a step in the right direction.