How Much Room Should You Have in Your Shoes?

Shoes roomDo you think finding the right fitted shoes is pretty easy? Well, in reality, it’s one of the most difficult things to do. You need to find the precise shoe size that can offer your feet plenty of room so that you feel comfortable. And to find the perfect shoe size, you need to check a few things before you officially purchase a new pair. Remember, wearing shoes with the insufficient room will lead to potential foot injuries which will make your life hell. On the other hand, wearing shoes with the excess room can also cause problem That’s why when you shop for new shoes you need to be extra careful.

But how do you know how much room should you have in your shoes? Actually, it depends. Make sure your toe does not touch the edge of the shoe. Also, ensure that there is not too much gap between your toes and the edge of your shoes. Measuring the room in your shoes is pretty complicated. Besides the total length, the room of your shoes is highly dependable on the toe box of the shoes. Try a finger test in the back of your heel to find the correct fit. The best way to find the correct pair is by physical store shopping. Let me explain why.

How to know how much room needed for your Shoes?


Instead of relying on your typical shoe size, go to the story and try out multiple sizes and check which one fits the best, as the size of the shoes varies from company to company. When you’re trying out shoes make sure you’re wearing socks. To find shoes with the right length, check if there is a 1/2 inch gap between your big toe and end of the shoes’ upper. Also, there needs to be 1/8 inch of gap between your heel and back of your shoes. If these check out, proceed to the following steps.


Shoes need to be comfortable immediately after you put them on. If you feel that the shoes are pushing your feet from both sides, then you’re wearing a pair of narrow shoes. Ask the store manager/assistant for a wider version of the shoe, meaning wide toe box shoes. If those fit and you can easily bend your big toes at the arch, that pair will be the one for you.


We often forget about the depth of shoes. Your feet can have some extra volume. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear shallow shoes. Just look for a shoe that has a higher toe box. The upper isn’t supposed to rub with your toes or stay stuck to them. Your main goal should be that you can wiggle your toes comfortably inside the shoes.

We all have different types of feet. And, now shoes companies and podiatrists working on it to find a perfect pair of shoes for everyone. A perfect pair of shoes means you will have sufficient room to move your toes. This will prevent minor to major foot injuries. If your shoes have a perfect size, and width, and depth at the toe box- your shoes have a great fit all over and your days of worrying are over!

Should my toes touch the end of my shoes?

First, you need to find out which toe is bigger? Is it your big toe or the second toe? Your biggest toe isn’t supposed to touch the end of the frontal part of your shoes. It is medically advised that there should be at least half an inch (0.5”) gap between the end of your shoes and your toes. This allows the toes to relax inside the shoes properly. Moreover, no matter how much you walk, the space in the shoes will prevent the toes from constant friction and rubbing, which could have lead to blisters.

What is a wide toe box? How do you measure wide toe box shoes?

Some of us have comparatively wider feet. Wide feet mean the width of your toe area is slightly wider than others which is completely natural. If you have wide feet and you wear regular shoes and boots, they will feel tight. This is why shoe companies now make the wider version of their usual shoes. They simply make the toe box wider which helps the wide feet to fit inside the shoes perfectly. In short, shoes with wide toe boxes offer more room for the whole feet to stay comfy.

To measure the wide toe shoe boxes it’s better if you seek help from an expert or the Brannock device. But if those aren’t your options, don’t worry. You can still measure the width of your toe shoe box. Just take a shoe that fits well and a measurement tape. Place the tape on the widest part of the shoe and see how much it is in inches. i.e.- if the shoe width indicates 4” but you wear or the size of the measured shoe is size 7, your shoes have a wide toe box. If it was less than 3.5” but a size 7, it would be narrow for your wide feet and will indicate that the toe box isn’t wide enough.

What is a high toe box? How do you measure high toe box shoes?

High toe box shoes are a little different than the standard shoes. Most of the high toe box shoes have at least 5cm of depth from the tip of your toes. The more orthopedic the shoes are, the higher the toe boxes.

When you buy a new pair of shoes it is wrong to be concerned about only the lower. But what about the upper? After taking off your regular shoes, if you notice any red mark around your feet, it means your shoes are squeezing your feet too hard and it’s the upper’s fault. In these cases, podiatrists recommend wearing high toe box shoes. And to measure that, you can compare the profile of a deep/high toe shoe and a shallow shoe.

– If you put them side by side you’ll see that the regular/shallow ones upper is low while the upper of the deep shoes is at least 5cm or more.

– The high toe box shoes will have a straight upper from ankle to toe, while the regular shallow shoes will have a scoop/curve from ankle to toe box.

– If you line up the toe boxes of two different shoes side by side, you’ll see that the deep ones are higher than the regular.


We’ve tried to include all the factors you need to keep in mind before purchasing shoes that have sufficient room. Shoes with enough room will benefit you in long run. So if you ever feel like a shoe isn’t giving you needed space to your feet, never but that. Just go for a bigger/wider/deeper size- whatever your feet require for their comfort. Happy shopping!

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