In today’s world, Amazon and online shopping is a way of life. While I prefer to support local “Mom & Pop” businesses, I admit that I am guilty of doing the majority of my purchases online.
The only downside to online purchases is that you can’t try items on for size before you buy them, and while every online store makes returning merchandise very user friendly, the simple fact is, things don’t always fit the way you may expect them to!
For instance, I wear a size 11, 4-E width in a New Balance tennis shoe, which is the actual true size of my right foot, but the actual true size of my left foot is closer to a 10-1/2 in size and a 2-E in width. However, in an Adidas or Head tennis shoe (because they don’t come in widths), I need to go up to a size 11-1/2, to accommodate the 4-E width of my right foot. The same is true for dress shoes or casual shoes like loafers or Top–Siders, because nowadays these style shoes are normally are only available in widths which are identified as medium or wide.
As confusing (and boring) as all of this may sound to you, due to the fact that shoes come in numerical sizes and not in small, medium and large, it is important that you know the actual size and width of both of your feet!
If you are unsure of the size and width of your feet, my recommendation is that you go get your feet measured. A feat (pun intended) which you cannot do online but requires you to physically go to a store to accomplish.
Here in Naples, my recommendation is you visit Snyderman’s Shoe Store. The personal and professional service provided at this local store will help give you the guidance and advice needed to assure you are wearing the proper size and width shoes for your feet.
Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years’ experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.