Measuring Your Feet Is the First Step to Lifelong Wellness
The truth is no two feet, not even the two that belong to you, are exactly alike. Some resemble chubby bear paws, others look like sinewy bird claws. Pair that with the fact that every shoe fits a bit differently and you'll begin to see why Danform Shoes Fit Experts believe in the "sit and fit."
We believe in the Danform Difference, spending time to educate our customers about the importance of a proper shoe fit to their lifelong wellness. We don't want to make a sale, we want to make a customer for life!
Why get your feet measured?
Unlike other fashion statements, footwear choices impact wellness. Poor fitting shoes can create long-term damage.
The "sit and fit" begins with your Fit Expert using the brannock device to measure your feet. This trusty tool isn't a throwback antique. It's the match.com of modern day shoe shopping! Your shoe fitting matchmaker uses the Brannock device to calculate your foot's length, width and arch length. This complimentary personalized foot analysis helps our experts narrow down the thousands of shoes on hand to match your wish list.
Shoe Fitters like us find feet fascinating.
Let's take a quick review of shoe shop terminology!
Simply, the length of your foot from heel to toe.
The distance from one side of your foot to the other. Feet are categorized as narrow, medium and wide. A women's average width is "B" whereas a men's average width is "D." There are width sizes ranging from AAA to 19E!
It's true that there are fewer styles for narrow and wide widths, but Danform Shoes has options on hand. It's not uncommon for our customers to experience that "AHA" moment when they slip on their first pair of wide width shoes.
"ONCE I REALIZED I HAD WIDE FEET, MY LIFE WAS SO MUCH HAPPIER"
- A customer who took a step in the right direction
Most of us outside the shoe world have never heard of it, but arch length is the distance from the back of the heel to the foot's flex point at the toe knuckle joint. This determines where your foot bends. Toe length also impacts arch length because flex points vary dependent on the your toe length.
An in-person fitting for personalized solutions
With the brannock measurements in hand, our Fit Experts take a visual assessment of your foot's instep, arch and volume and then evaluate your gait by watching you walk.
Arches are like shocks in a car, helping to absorb impact when you walk. Some people are born with flat feet with very little arch, others have a higher arch, others are right in-between. Your arch shape may make you susceptible to plantar fasciitis or other painful foot conditions. Knowing your arch shape helps your Fit Expert choose footwear to optimize your foot health and comfort.
We mentioned earlier the bear paw vs bird claw analogy. A rounder bear paw foot requires a different shoe than a skinny bird claw type. With years of shoe fitting experience, our Fit Experts comb through their internal footwear rolodex to match your foot's volume to the best shoe for you. We know, for instance, that a Keen sandal may match up nicely to a fuller foot whereas a Merrell style pairs with a thinner foot.
Our Fit Experts watch you walk to learn if you have a neutral gait or if you walk on the inside or outside or your foot, technically called pronation. People who pronate benefit from specific running shoe styles or orthotics to guide their foot into a healthier gait.
Let Danform Shoes Get You Started on the Right Foot
When you wear shoes that fit well, the benefits reach from your toes upward, creating proper alignment and reducing pain if you're dealing with injury. Taking the time for a professional fitting and investing in quality footwear will set you on the path to be active for life. The Super Seniors we see in our stores every day are walking proof that investing in your feet pays off!