Shoe-Fit Is Important, But It's Not Everything

by Rebecca Rushton

Perfectly fitting shoes alone does not guarantee you won’t get blisters.

I’d know! I’ve had superbly fitting shoes and I still got blisters.

But shoe-fit is one of the most basic prevention strategies there is and you have to get this right (or as close as possible to it) to make things easy for yourself!


We’re talking about length, width & adjustability

  • Too short is bad
  • Too long is bad
  • Too narrow is bad
  • Too wide is bad
  • Too tight is bad
  • Too loose is bad

    Read the ins and outs of optimal shoe fitting for preventing blisters.


    When shoe-fit is difficult

    If you're at all unsure about the way your shoes fit, get the advice of the people that work at a specialist shoe store. Depending on the shape of your feet, this may be very difficult. For example, shoes are not made to accommodate the structural changes of a bunion or hammertoe. If this is you, the reality is you may not be able to find a shoe that fits perfectly, especially an athletic shoe. But if you're serious about preventing blisters, you need to leave no stone unturned in your efforts to get the best fit possible.

    I want you to know this...

    If you’ve spent a fortune on shoes and no matter what brand you buy, you still get blisters, I want you to know this...

    I’m the same.

    As a podiatrist, it’s fair to say I know a bit about feet and shoes and how shoes should fit feet. But no matter what shoes I get, and I’m talking about running / walking / athletic shoes, I will get blisters at the back of my heel when I walk and run. And at the edge of my big toe knuckle when I play hockey.

    I mean, I don’t anymore because I have my ENGO blister patches where I need them and I just don’t need to worry any more. But for you and me and many others out there, it’s not as easy as “you’ve got the wrong shoes, you need to get a new pair”. Even with perfectly fitting, top quality sports shoes, we still get blisters!

    Now, is blister prevention impossible for us? No, it’s not impossible. It’s VERY POSSIBLE.

    And that’s a big part of how I help people.

    If you’re having this kind of trouble...


    Rebecca Rushton
    Rebecca Rushton


    Podiatrist, blister prone ex-hockey player, foot blister thought-leaderauthor and educator. Can’t cook. Loves test cricket.

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