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You probably know your shoe size off the top of your head - unlike fashion, it's unlikely to change throughout your adult life. And even if you can't remember whether you're an 8 or an 8 1.2, isn't close enough OK? The answer is a very definite no'. Why? Because even though your feet are fully formed by the time you're old enough to vote, badly fitting footwear at any time in your adult life can still do serious damage to your feet. So what's important?
Firstly, you should choose shoes that allow your foot to move normally and without restriction. Make sure there's enough room to allow your toes to wriggle; there's enough depth, so the upper doesn't rub the tops of your toes; and when you walk a few steps they don't pinch or rub. Ideally, the front part of the shoe should follow the natural shape of your toes and not be too pointed. There should be a space of about a 1 1.4 cm between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This lets the foot stretch out during walking and helps prevent damage to your toes and toenails. To avoid your foot slipping about inside the shoe and rubbing, it should be held comfortably in the shoe by the fastening or elastic inset. Soft leather uppers will allow your skin to breathe. They'll also mould themselves to fit the unique features of your foot. For added comfort, a lightweight cushioning sole will absorb the shock when you walk on hard surfaces