Whether you're planning to buy a pair of hiking boots or just everyday sneakers, try to go shopping for them in the evening. You'll end up with a better fit, and a more comfortable pair of shoes as a result. Here's why, and it makes perfect sense.
Over the course of the day, regardless of what you're doing, your feet swell. Shopping later in the day or in the evening makes sure you're buying when your feet are at their, ahem, largest, which shouldn't matter too much, but can mean a big difference if you're looking for something supportive like everyday shoes, walking shoes, or hiking shoes. Country Walkers explains:
Even if they're not exploring the cobblestone streets of a medieval village, most people's feet tend to swell as they go about their usual routine. So, if you'd like to mimic the conditions your feet will be in during a long walk, it's best to stop by the store later in the day. That way, the normal swelling of your feet will help you choose a shoe that fits at the end of a long hike, not just the beginning.
This advice makes sense for shoes you'll wear all day long, especially if you'll be on your feet for most of the day, but it's also good to keep in mind in general. After all, the last thing you want is for your shoes to fit well when you put them on in the morning, but have no room to give as the day wears on and they get less and less comfortable. Hit the link below for more tips on choosing the best walking shoes.