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Want a new pair of kicks? Well, unless you’re ready to eat the cost, you need to make sure you buy the right ones.

While shoe shopping can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re doing it online, it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is knowing what to look for before you buy.

Are you ready to get shopping? Here are the three most common shoe shopping mistakes you can make and how to avoid them.

1. Assuming All Sizes are the Same

With more and more people making the switch from brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping, there’s a good chance that your next pair of shoes will come from an online store. While there are plenty of upsides to shopping from the comfort of your own home, it does make trying on shoes a bit of a challenge.

One of the most frustrating aspects of mass-produced sizes is that no two manufacturers can seem to agree on what those sizes can be. So, while you may think you know what your shoe size is, that sizer may only be accurate for a small number of brands.

If you’re buying online, make sure you take the time to look at the manufacturer’s size chart and customer reviews of the styles you want to check if they run larger or smaller than other brands.

And, unless you happen to have a Brannock device lying around your house, you may want to learn how to accurately measure your feet if you plan on buying a lot of shoes online.

2. Wearing Shoes Straight Out of the Box

Anyone who has ever worn a fresh set of heels straight out of the box to a big event is already well acquainted with this lesson. Some shoes, like heels and hiking boots, need a little breaking in before you can wear them for long periods or you risk winding up with some pretty painful blisters.

Unfortunately, the only way to break in shoes is by wearing them for long periods.

If you want to break in a pair of shoes, start by putting a bandage over any areas at risk of blisters and pulling on some socks that are as thick as you can wear with your new shoes. Then all that’s left to do is to walk around your home and let your new footwear loosen up a bit.

And don’t forget! If you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, take them out in the driveway and scuff up the bottoms to make them less slippery.

3. Choosing Name Over Quality

Those red bottoms may not be worth their price tag. While designer shoes may be enticing, there’s a good chance you could find a pair of dupes that look just as good and will last you twice as long for a fraction of the price.

Before you drop a significant chunk of change on a pair of designer shoes, make sure you take the time to do your homework and make sure the quality matches the price tag. And remember, you’re buying shoes, not a useless clutch. So, try not to pick aesthetics over comfort.

Major Shoe Shopping Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Now that you know a bit more about the most common shoe shopping mistakes shoppers make and how you can avoid them, it’s time to get shopping!

Are you looking for more advice on how to upgrade your wardrobe the smart way? We’ve got you covered. Check out the rest of our blog for more helpful articles today.,

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