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How Should Sneakers Fit?

May 28, 2020

how to find the right sneaker fit

The best sneaker fit is always going to be desired. Nobody wants their feet to ache shortly after putting on their shoes. No matter what your go-to style, comfort is key. With so many materials now to choose from, finding a shoe that fits right should not be too difficult now surely? Well, you’d be surprised!


Table of Contents:

5 Fit Factors

What Shoe Size Am I?

5 Top Tips To Get The Best Fit

Get the Perfect Sneaker Fit with the Giesswein Collection


5 Fit Factors

Shoe size, purpose, and materials all play their parts here. Combine the lot and it is likely you will have the perfect shoes for you. These days, purely knowing the size of your feet and expecting them to fit perfectly is no longer enough. The sneaker world is forever changing - it is dynamic fashion. Trends will come and go, but comfort should be high up on that list of yours.

When weighing up the market, you need to consider:

  • Feet dimensions: Finding the right sneaker fit depends on important measurements. This includes the length, and the width of your foot, as well as the shape of your arch.
  • It is likely that your feet are not identical in size or shape. Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so your larger foot should be the benchmark here.
  • When exercising, our feet expand as blood flow and circulation increases so avoid shoes that are on the tight side.
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot conditions and prevent blistering and pain.
  • During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.

how should shoes fit


What Shoe Size Am I?

One of the first things you need to know is what size shoe you need. It is often something we do not know at times off the top of our head - how many times have you been in a store and forgotten your shoe size? Don’t worry, we‘ve all been there!

You can measure shoe size at home with our smart chart. This special sizing tool will help you identify the right shoe size for your feet. Simply print out our template in its original size, place your foot on the designated area, and you’ll easily be able to see which size is right for you. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.



As you grow older, the size of your feet naturally change over time. Whether you are 15, 25 or 55, you should always check the sneaker size you need before making any purchase. You can do this in most footwear stores, or at home with our print out and video guide.

You may be interested in our wide fit sneakers.


5 Top Tips To Get The Best Fit

Achieving the best fit should always be your top priority. No matter how fresh those new sneaks look, they’re no good if you cannot wear them properly. The last thing you will want is them to be forgotten about in your wardrobe because your feet are not happy in them. But, what can you do to ensure your feet enjoy their new sneaker experience?

  1. You should never buy shoes if they are too tight. Nor should you expect them to stretch over time. The ball of your foot should feel and fit comfortably where the shoe is at its widest.
  2. Your heel should also feel comfortable. The shoes should not start riding up or down your heel when you walk and there should be a minimal amount of slipping.
  3. One of the best ways to make sure they fit right is to walk around in them in the store. If you buy, you should spend time walking around your home to break them in.
  4. Depending on the type of shoe, make sure it fits properly for its purpose. If it is a dress sneaker, you want to be comfortable for long hours of the day so its sole & interior will be important here.
  5. Sneakers for athletic performance such as running shoes should be roomier than your casual everyday shoes to allow for the foot to expand during exercise.

Pro tip: When trying on shoes, you should wear the socks you would normally. Socks take up valuable shoe space! So, if you wear short ankle socks for running, wear them when trying on runner shoes or thicker socks should they be for work.


Get the Perfect Sneaker Fit with the Giesswein Collection

Giesswein sneakers for men and women are made with comfort in mind. Our range caters for the business casual, the runner, as well as the off-roader. Combining style with a comfortable fit means you enjoy the best of both worlds with Giessweins. How? Our merino wool expertise, that’s how!

how should sneakers fit

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