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My troubles with my ankle have had me concentrating more than normal on what I'm putting on my feet to get around in.

I have a book that I bought used shortly after it was released.  It has helped me greatly over the years since.  It's called:
How to Buy Great Shoes that Fit
Scott Norman
New York, NY: Crown Publishers, Inc. (Prince Paperbacks) 1988
ISBN 0-517-57048  

Three measurements are important to correct fit:
Arch measurement:  heel to the joint of the big toe (in a different spot described as heel to ball joint)
Length:  heel to the end of the longest toe
Width:  side-to-side across the ball of the foot  

When shopping for shoes, if possible:
Wear the same type of shoes as you are looking for
Wear the style and/or color of clothes you are most likely to wear them with
Have any inserts you normally wear with you
Shop mid-afternoon or a little later so your feet are neither at their smallest nor largest
Put both shoes on and walk at your normal pace on a hard surface for a few minutes  
New shoes should be snug, but not tight:
If your feet hurt when you've put both shoes on and stood up, the shoes are too small – look for a larger size
If your toes are cramped, the shoe does not fit and cannot be stretched to do so
If the ball of your foot is a little cramped, the shoe can probably be stretched enough  

The secrets to correct fit:
Toes need room – you should be able to wiggle your toes when standing; there should be 1/2” to 5/8” space in front of the longest toe
The widest part of your foot needs to fit at the widest place in the shoe  

Checklist for trying shoes:
Shop in mid-afternoon and never when your feet hurt
Make sure your socks or nylons are on straight
Measure both feet; always do this while you are standing
Fit your larger foot first; a little padding at the ball of the foot on your smaller side will keep the heel in place
Try on both shoes
For high heels, you should be able to fit the end of your little finger under the edge of the vamp if they fit properly
Any doubts, try the next size up
Walk around normally for a couple of minutes – 5 if you can  

A couple of points from my personal experience as a female buying shoes:
If I cannot rest my weight on my heels when I am trying on high heels (2”-3” heels), they do not fit properly
If I need shitkickers, I go straight to the men's section – size equivalence charts are readily available these days (American size 9 women's is size 7.5 men's)

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