Ever felt that some shoes just feel better than others although they are marked the same size and width ? 60% of your discomfort could be coming from the fact that your toes are not suited to the inner shape of the particular shoe.
While there is lot emphasis on selecting the right length and width for a shoe, but your toes play a key role in this process.
A huge part of footwear comfort is defined by how your toes feel in the space given to them. There are two factors which contribute on this – shape on your toes and shape on the shoe in the toe-box area.
Both have several variations and it is critical to ensure the shape & volume matches and not just the dimensions.
Let’s start with the foot:
Shape of the toes can vary greatly from one individual to another. For some people the differences are quite obvious or others it’s much subtle. Toe box shape has a huge impact on even the width selection of your footwear .
Toe box shape is determined by three factors
1) Shape alignment of the five toes.
2) Spread of the toes inward or outward.
3) Toe height
In some combinations such having a square toe box with outward toes – the width on the foot is decided by this region and is often the deciding dimension for selecting a shoe. Using the traditional foot width – typically measured at the ball points would not provide a good fit.
While selecting shoe – apart from length and width next time do consider a toe box fit also!
In order to determine your toe foot shape and complete dimensions from one photo, please open this link on your mobile browser: www.shoesize.online.
Our app will tell you shape and help you understand shoe fitting better.
If you need recommendations about a specific brand or need any more clarifications- do drop us a comment.
Everyone’s been sort of been using this term loosely for the last decade or more, but what does it really mean ?
Virtual fitting simply put means the ability to predict fit of a particular garment or footwear over the user body. In reality, this system is meant to help you simulate different fits – as if you were trying out an item.
Why is this so key ?
Given that several new brands launch every quarter and almost most them have never have physical shop – the only way you can try out their garments or shoe is by making the first purchase. Even if you get the first one right – every time there is a new style, new fabric there is size adjustment required. In the pre-online era, for each item manufactured, it was assumed – it will be tried out in the store.
In fact the whole sizing system was made about 350 years ago ( 1647 according to SATRA website ) for batch manufacturing and not really intended for online shopping.
How does Virtual fitting work ?
For virtual fitting to be successful it essential for the user’s body profile in some measured along with clothing or footwear measurement. Several virtual fitting companies are building technologies to capture a consumer’s body profile in the simplest and fastest way possible , which will definitely help in solving the issues.
However – just knowing that the
garment is “Medium” is not
very useful as this provides no indication to the actual measurement. The key
will be to build a smarter database off the actual products and help a standardization
of the inventory.
Why is the problem acute in footwear ?
Unlike apparel- where wearing one size big or small in many cases maybe only an antithetical compromise- with footwear it functionally impossible. Either wearing a shoe too small or too big can a fair bit of trouble starting with blisters to sever back pain.
How do we hope to solve the problem?
We at www. shoesize.online have a quick and easy technology to measure your foot length and capture few other critical dimensions and shapes. We also work with footwear brands to help standardize the shoe sizing. Our system provides a fairly accurate simulation of how the shoe would fit on your feet
What ‘s coming next ?
As more and more brands and
retailers take their business online – virtual fitting rooms are expected to
become a norm and who knows might even
become the default version in physical stores also.