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Video:Decoding Narrow and Wide Shoe Sizes

with Tony Zelaya

Narrow and wide shoe sizes can be confusing, especially if you have no idea what the sizes mean. Here are some tips on decoding narrow and wide shoe sizes so that you can find the perfect fit.See Transcript

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Transcript:Decoding Narrow and Wide Shoe Sizes

Hi I'm Tony Zelaya of Zelaya Shoes of Bethesda. I'm here today to tell you the difference between narrow and wide shoes and how to get a good fit.

The Last Is Important in Decoding Narrow and Wide Shoe Sizes

Now the difference between narrow and wide shoes is all in the last; the last is how a shoe is constructed. Every shoe manufacturer has names on their shoes. The first letter of the name of the shoe determines the last. So, for example, if a shoe is called "The Ralph," everything on that R Last within the vendor, the Robin, the Royal ... are all going to be in the same construction. So if a certain construction fits you well, then that's what you should be going with.

You can tell by looking at a shoe in the toe box area, in the ball of the foot area, whether its wide or narrow. Not every store carries the actually words narrow and wide in their selection, but there are shoes out there that are on the medium last that also run narrow or run wide and your sales person should know that.

Use a Brannock Device to Measure Whether Your Foot Is Narrow or Wide

Now when you measure your foot, or a person measures your foot, they are using what they call a Brannock device. A Brannock device has a right side for your right foot, and a left side for your left foot. And they have a little measuring thing here and they have this right here. They all have a purpose.

When your foot goes on the Brannock device, this little thing right here goes on the little bone that's right near the big toe. And when you put that on the bone, you see a number here on the other side and you correspond that with the number on the width area.

Let's say you measure at 9 1/2 in length and 10 1/2 in the arch area, then you'd fit her in a 10. So it's the average of the two.If they both correspond, then go with the same. If it's 10 with 10, then go with 10. If it's 10 in length and 11 in the ball of the foot, then go with 10 1/2.

Try on Shoes When Decoding Narrow and Wide Shoe Sizes

And I also wanted to point out that this measuring device, the Brannock device is not the Bible. It is a guide for the salesperson to get a ballpark of what your size is. So when they measure your foot, don't stick to it as strictly as you think you might. Make sure you are trying on the shoes and that will determine what fits. And that's the difference between narrow and wide shoes.
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