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WHEN THE SHOE FITS, **

** BUT
DOESN'T FIT **

**DIFFERENT SIZE FEET**

**SOME SIZE DIFFERENCE IS NORMAL**

**First, you should know
that 60% of the population have different size feet that we will pick up when
measuring. Contrary to popular belief, the left foot is 80% of the time, the
larger foot. It is explained that 80% of the population is right hand dominant.
That to do any work, you can not lift with the right hand and the right foot
forward. Everything is in the same plain and unbalanced. Instead you
put your right hand forward and your left foot forward. This creates a
three legged stool or tripod and is stable for lifting. It also exercises
the foot opposite the dominant hand more, thus the slight variance in the size
of the feet.**

**HALF SIZE DIFFERENCE OR ONE
WIDTH DIFFERENCE**

**So a half size
difference is very common and you will normally fit the the larger foot in
oxfords. The definition of a true shoe size is that it will have one full size
of length or space (3/8 of an inch) beyond the end of the toes. So if you
have a difference of a half size, you would have the full size beyond the toes
of the longest foot and a size and a half, 9/16 of an inch, beyond the end of
the toes of the shorter foot. In other words, you will ignore the
difference and fit the larger foot. This is usually true for all tie
shoes, strap shoes and gym shoes. Remember, you have to convert true foot
size to shoe. How a shoe relates to the brannock measuring device will
determine the correct shoe size how
the that shoe fits.**

**SHOES A LITTLE LOOSE**

**In very open shoes
like dress shoes, you may have to modify size of shoe. In pumps,
flats and loafers, you may have to fit the shorter foot. This is
especially true if the smaller foot is also narrower. These shoes are
open, less contact with the foot, therefore looser to begin with. They can
not be adjusted tighter as they are worn and tend to stretch and get looser with
time. Therefore, you have a need to tighten the fit. When new, slip on
shoes should be tight or at least snug on the instep of the foot. Dress
shoes and slip on shoes are held on by contact with the instep of the foot as
they stretch, they will only get looser. If loose in the beginning, the
heels will slip and shoes drop away from the foot as the instep stretches.
Another solution is to fit the same length and go down one width. If the
shoe is loose, one of these two changes should solve the situation.
Another minor correction is to add an innersole inside the shoe of the smaller
foot.**

**Sizes are like a
diamond. Two lengths, two widths. All four combinations will be
close. Some may not be able to feel the differences. In others, two
size combinations will be poor and the other two so close that you may have to
make a judgment call, as both are good. One may be slightly better, but it
will be splitting hairs.**

**FULL SIZE DIFFERENCE OR MORE
AND/OR MORE THAN ONE WIDTH DIFFERENCE**

**From the above
explanations, we now get more complex. For a full size difference, you fit
the size between the two feet. So you measure a 7 1/2 and a 8 1/2 on the
other foot. We will pretend the intended shoe fits true. You would
buy a size 8. Remember, a shoe that fits true has one full size of toe
room beyond the end of the toes by definition. So a true 8 has toe room to
a 9 on the measuring device. So your 7 1/2 would have a size and a half in
front of the toes and a half size in front of the toes on the larger foot.
**

**In widths, you may
again have to add an innersole in the shoe to compensate for the lack of volume
of the smaller foot. The thickness of the innersole will depend on the
difference of the two feet. If both feet are close in length, this is a
real easy fix. However, it there is a lot of length and width
differences. **

**MORE THAN A FULL SIZE
DIFFERENCE IN LENGTH TO MULTIPLE DIFFERENCES**

**I have found that you
can fit a size and a half difference without mis-mating in many patients.
However, you have to fit the larger foot a full size short. Measure 9 put
in a size 8 (If the shoes fit true - adjust the size if the shoes fit long or
short). There will be no room in front of the toes of the longer
foot. The shorter foot will have a size and a half in front of the toes.
The other possible solution is to fit the larger foot a half size short (only a
half size toe room) and give the smaller foot two full sizes in front of the
toes.**

**Occasionally, due to
width differences the opposite of the length differences, I have been able to
fit someone with two full sizes of foot length difference in the same shoe
size. I do not like to do it. Mis-mates would be better for foot
health and long term protection of the feet. However, it money is a
problem, the same compromise as for a size and a half difference. The
small foot will then have two full sizes of room in front of the toes.
Innersoles will almost always be demanded for the smaller foot.**

**Over 1 1/2 size in
length difference will always indicate mis-mating the shoes as a solution.**

**MIS-MATES SHOES**

** The number of
people that have to mis-mate is very few. Most can be accommodated by fudging
the fit as explained above. You however, may have to mis-mate. Most
fitting stores will mis-mate from stock by charging for one pair and the cost of
the second pair. In branded shoes, the cost you can expect to pay for the
second pair will be the actual cost of the shoe and transportation from the
factory to the store. 50 to 60% of the retail shoe price, depending on if
the store is on a tight or more generous mark up. A tight mark up, would
require the 60% to cover cost. Factories will not mis-mate shoes.
Currently, the only company that will mis-mate and that is by custom make up
only, is P W Minor. They charge the store the cost of a
regular pair plus a $45 make up charge. Many stores will pass on the make
up charge to the consumer without an addition for profit.**

**The one problem with
custom make up shoes is that there can not be a refund. Once made, they
are made to your order and the factory will not take them back. Therefore
you have to know the length and width of each foot and order the sizes
correctly. It also means that you have to alter the size and width by how
that unique last fits. Once the sizes are determined and fit correctly,
you can get any style made on that last and will get the same fit every
time. So re-orders are easy.**

**This fits each foot
correctly, maximizes support, fit and comfort.**

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