14/08/2014 16:46 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Nearly Half Of British Women Wear The Wrong Shoe Size

A UK survey released from the College of Podiatry has revealed shocking news about our shoe shopping habits.


Almost half the population of British women have admitted to buying shoes that don't fit properly and if you haven't been measured in the last year, there's a good chance your foot shape and size has changed.

The average shoe size is getting bigger (so much so that retailers are keeping close tabs on the extended-size market) and with more shoppers buying online rather than in-store the likelihood of getting the wrong size is becoming a regular thing.

Buying an incredible pair shoes that are a little too snug might not be a big deal, but this is actually causing permanent harm.

If shoes don't fit properly they can accelerate the development of bunions, constrict the toes (hello hammer-toe) and put too much pressure on your soles.

Stuart Weitzman, a shoe designer who is all about function and comfort, has commented on ill-fitting shoes.

"I won't make a last narrower in the front than it should be to give it a sleeker look-that's like wearing a girdle," he says.

Stilettos might be the obvious killers when it comes to foot pain, but flats and ballet pumps are just as bad if they're not professionally fitted.

It's time to get shoe smart ladies. Next time your shopping for a new pair - get some pointers from the sales assistant and try a few styles on for size. Start loving your feet.

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