Category Archives: Excess-Pronation

Picking The Right Shoe Size

Picking (2) When shopping online — or even in store — many people worry about whether or not they are buying the right size shoe for their foot.  While sizing may seem simple, many factors go into the fit of a shoe. Your shoe size can vary between manufacturers, and even between different styles of the same brand. At The Shoe Mart, we carry shoes ranging from sizes 5 to 20 and widths AAA-EEEEEE. What does this mean? Widths from 2A – 6E can be broken down like this :

Very Narrow Narrow Medium Wide Extra Wide
AAA, AA, A B, C D E, EE 3E, 4E, 5E, 6E

To determine size and width, you can be measured by a professional like the ones in our Norwalk Store or you can have a friend help you measure your foot at home using this printable. Recommended sizes are often based on a foot length measurement from a Brannock Device.

Once you have been measured and have a reference size, you must keep in mind that not every shoe will perfectly fit your Brannock measurement size. You may be an 8.5 in some shoes and a 9 in others. The way a shoe fits varies depending on the last (essentially a mold of a foot) that a manufacturer uses to form the shoe. Brands like Alden or Inov-8 have multiple lasts that will fit differently on the foot. You can learn more about the different kinds of Alden lasts on our YouTube Channel.

The best way to determine the right size of shoe for you is to try shoes on. Because your feet swell more as the day goes on, it is best to try shoes on at the end of the day. Wear socks that you would normally wear with the shoes. Always try shoes on inside on a carpeted area in order to allow for returns.  

How should they fit?

First of all, we think it’s important to mention that a shoe that doesn’t fit properly when you first try it on still won’t fit properly after it has been “broken in”.  Poorly fitting shoes can lead to pain or injury, so you should take care in selecting the right size.

There should be just enough room in the heel for you to slip your index finger in and out between your heel and the shoe. When walking uphill, your heel should not rise up and down in the shoe. If walking downhill, your toes should not hit the front of the toe-box. There should be plenty of wiggle room for your toes, and no pressure spots when walking. It is normal for one foot to be larger than the other (even by a full size!). You should always buy shoes that fit the larger foot. When purchasing a pair of shoes, you should also take pronation and the arches of your foot into consideration. Read last week’s blog for more info!

We would love to assist you in choosing the right size. You can reach customer service at (800) 85-7463 or by emailing You are also welcome to visit our Norwalk Store to be fitted or to ask questions!

Arch Support


What is Arch Support?

When people talk about supporting the arch of your foot, they are talking about the medial longitudinal arch that spans between the ball of your foot and your heel bone. The support in these two areas must also support weight in the open space between them.

If your arches are not properly supported, you may experience pain down the length of the foot and too much stress or weight on your feet may lead to injury.

Do You Need It?


Some people have low arches but do not have any problems.  Others have problems that are often related to overpronation.  If you have mild symptoms, purchasing arch supports may be an easier and cheaper solution, but those with moderate to severe symptoms should consult a professional.

In most mild cases, proper footwear can help.

What To Look For:

There are many forms of arch support, including insoles and custom orthodics.

Many athletic shoes are designed to reduce overpronation, the excessive inward rolling of the foot that is often caused by flat feet. Look for stability technologies for mild to moderate pronation, and motion-control technologies for severe over-pronation.

Some suggest that the best way to support your arch is to build up foot muscles slowly and wear shoes that allow your feet to sit naturally.  Zero-drop shoes with wide toe-boxes are often recommended for this purpose.

There are a lot of factors that go into relieving foot pain. You should discuss these options with a podiatrist or other medical professional to see which is the best option for you.

Another common cause of foot pain is wearing the wrong shoe size. Stay tuned next week for more on choosing the right shoe size!

Get Happy… Feet!


You rely on them every day, and they take you everywhere you need to go. Your feet do a lot for you… so what can you do for them in return?

1.  Learn More About Them!

Foot ailments don’t just occur in athletes.  According to the APMA’s 2010 survey, most Americans have experienced pain or problems with their feet. Foot pain can interfere with many of your favorite activities.  Get to know your feet and get advice on how to care for them from the APMA’s website and by tuning in to some of our tips and tricks!

2.  Put them up!

The phrase “Put your feet up” exists as an idiom for a reason! Give your feet some much needed R & R.  Reduce feet and ankle swelling by elevating your legs above your heart while sitting or lying down.

3. Rub them down!

Foot massages feel great and release all that unwanted tension. Your feet will appreciate a good rub-down, and so will the rest of your body! Benefits of massage include better circulation! If you want to learn to massage your own feet, you can start by watching this video. Use lotion, especially during cold, dry months to moisturize!

4.  Work Them Out!

Your feet need exercise, too! Pick up marbles or other small items with your toes, walk as if you were on a tight rope, and rotate your ankles slowly.  Avoid toe cramps by raising, pointing, and curling toes. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.  Search Pinterest for more foot exercises!

5.  Get a Proper Fit!

Many foot problems are caused or made worse by ill-fitting shoes. A properly fit shoe can make all the difference when it comes to conditions like hammer toe, gout, bunions, or swollen feet. A properly-fit shoe will not only help reduce pain but can also prevent many foot conditions from happening. Get fitted at your local store or come see us in Norwalk, CT and we will be happy to assist you!

Check back next week for more about good foot hygiene!

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Colorway Contest

Last night you saw 14.2, but have you seen the Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0  and Lifter 2.0 colorways?

We will be giving away a $50 coupon to the first person who can give us the correct colors or color.

Rules & Restrictions:
1. The Winner will not be announced until after the color is announced at The Games.
2. Limit to only one guess per person.
3. Colors can be listed in any order. Use generic color names (see examples below). You must correctly guess ALL colors on the shoe (and only colors that appear on the shoe) to win. Do NOT include the color of the Reebok Delta Symbol. DO include midsole color.
4. U.S. Residents only.
5. This contest is not affiliated with CrossFit, Inc. You agree to indemnify and hold CrossFit, Inc. harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party in connection with or arising out of your participation in this contest.

Here are some examples using the colorways of Nano 3.0’s that we currently have in stock:

Women’s Nano 3.0 in Crisp Purple / Black / Ultra Violet / White(midsole) /  Excellent Red (Reebok Delta Symbol); Style #: V53244

Valid Answers: “Purple, Black, White”; “Black, White, Purple”; “White, Purple Black”; etc.

Invalid Answers: “Black, Purple”; “White, Purple”; “Black, White, Purple, Grey”; “Black, Purple, Pink”; “Purple, Black, White, Red”; etc.

Men’s Nano 3.0 in Conrad Blue / Reebok Navy / White (midsole);  Style #: V59939

Valid Answers: “Navy Blue, Blue, White” “Dark Blue, Blue, White” “Dark Blue, Light Blue, White”; “White, Light Blue, Navy Blue”; etc.

Invalid Answers:  “Navy Blue, Blue”; “Blue”; “Blue, White”;  “Black, Blue”; “Conrad Blue, Reebok Navy, White”; etc.

Women’s Nano 3.0 in  Black / Punch Pink / Black(midsole) /  Excellent Red (Reebok Delta Symbol); Style #: V59942

Valid Answers: “Pink, Black”; “Black, Pink”

Invalid Answers: “Red, Black”; “Pink, Black, Red”; “Black, Cherry”


Comment your entries on our Facebook post to enter!

TheShoeMart Welcomes Orthaheel Footwear

Orthaheel is an orthopedic footwear brand that believes proper foot care promotes optimum health from the ground up. That’s why all of their shoes contain built in orthotic technology to treat the common aches and pains that result from excess-pronation. Excess-pronation is a condition which causes the arches in our feet to collapse and is a common source of heel, knee or even back pain. It is caused by constantly walking on the hard surfaces of our modern society and affects the majority of the population. The orthotic technology found in all Orthaheel footwear is designed to help correctly align the legs and feet while reducing excess-pronation.

Orthaheel is a welcomed addition to our growing list of high quality footwear because they offer a unique combination of stylish footwear and podiatrist-designed technology. We’ve chosen some of our favorite sandal styles for the summer season. If you suffer from excess-pronation, we think these sandals are the perfect way to treat your feet and look great at the same time!