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Novice’s guide to shoe shopping

  • Published at 04:42 pm October 30th, 2018
At-Oct 29, 2018
Photo: Zaar

From sneakers to office wear, we have scouted every nook and cranny to bring you the hottest picks of the season

Shoe shopping can be one of life’s finer pleasures if you let it. It can also be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. Whether it’s about discovering your personal style or bringing it to life, the actual process can leave you just a tad bit exasperated. 

To make your next shoe shopping experience a breeze, we’ve compiled a guide of everything you’ll need to know. Here are five things you should consider before you hit the stores in search of your perfect pair.

The basics 

Every wardrobe has its must-haves, and for a shoe connoisseur in the making, these versatile pairs are essentials that can complete any look.

Chic sneakers - A chic touch for an on-the-go casual look. 

Classic pumps - The perfect option to give an elegant finish to your outfit. If you aren’t used to heels, don a pair of platforms for added balance. 

Loafers and ballet flats - These should be your go-to runaround shoes simply because they’re both functional and oh-so fashionable. Loafers in particular have an air of professionalism, making it a great option to wear to work.

Colour your own wheel

Take a good long look at your wardrobe to get a feel for the bigger picture, what styles and colours do you usually wear? If your wardrobe consists of darker colours, your choice of footwear should reflect that. If it’s mostly soft pinks and neutrals, think about wearing nude more often. Of course, when pairing your outfit with shoes, the occasional contrast is great too and shouldn’t completely be written out of the style books. 

One size up, one size down

To get the sizing spot on, don’t just go for the label you usually wear. Shoe sizing can vary depending on the manufacturer so it’s best to try on a size up or down to find the perfect fit. Also, a little known fact but your feet swell throughout the day so shopping for shoes during the evening hours may help avoid the all too familiar feeling of sore toes.  

Your feet have a type too

If you’ve got a type with men, then your feet have a type with shoes. To find the perfect pair, pay close attention to the arch of your feet. 

If your arch is flat, look for a shoe that has a bit of arch support. In that regard, sky-high pumps may not be your best ally. If you have a medium arch, you’re luckier than most since your feet aren’t too fussy. For those with a higher arch, donning heels could give your feet more comfort and support. 

Put your foot down when it comes to fad fashion

When taken care of properly, the shoe is going to last a lot longer than the trend. Not only should you prioritize cozy toes, but you should also keep an eye out for what works for you. Shoes with thick straps at the ankle - no matter how fashionable they may be - can cut off your leg to make it appear shorter, so it’s unlikely to do a petite frame any favours. Of course, that’s to be taken with a grain of salt because any style you love is the perfect style for you! 

If you’ve been frequenting the same stores since the beginning of time, here are some new options to check out.

Metro Shopping Mall - Otherwise known as a shoe-shopper’s heaven. If you have a knack for bargaining, you’re bound to find a good deal here. The sheer number of shoes they have to offer and the magnitude of their collection is more than enough to draw you in. 

Lá Mode – With outlets all over town and the availability of online shopping, their irresistible display is bound to catch your eye. In addition to timeless classics, they launch trendy collections to match every season so you’re sure to find a pair matching your style.

ZAAR – A gorgeous collection, their style can be aptly summarized as being sophisticated with a subtle edge. The designs are minimal yet fabulous with each pair being more stunning than the last. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for some style inspiration.