I think I’d suspected it for a while. There was a time when I could get in the odd pair of 5 and a half sized shoes, but I can’t remember the last time that happened. For years I’ve been saying I’m a size 6 (and they do fit quite often). More and more though I’m trying shoes on and opting to try the half size up, or deciding against a pair if they don’t do half sizes or they aren’t available. So when Hotter Shoes invited me to try out their new technology, the Hotter Footprint™. This is a scanner which uses innovative digital technology to create a 3D image of your feet, determining size, fit and arch type with pinpoint accuracy, and it only takes a few seconds to use. If you think about the fact that over 75% of people haven’t had their feet measured in the last ten years, it’s a bit scary. Our feet can change as we get older so it’s important to regularly get them measured.
It’s really easy. You just step onto the machine and it works its magic. It’s really simple to use (quite fun too) and you can have your results emailed to you, as well as being able to access them on the screen to guide your instore footwear choices. I came up on the scan as a six and a half. We then had a look at some of the styles I was interested in and for some it even suggested a size 7. I like the fact that it considered different shoe types and the individual makeup of different styles to come up with recommendations for my feet.
You get a lot of detail on the report on your feet. I got measurements to the millimetre for the width, length, height and girth of each of my feet – my right foot is just a touch bigger than my left on all those measurements. It also described me as having a hollow arch which means I have a high instep. This is something I’ve suspected for a while and it’s been helpful to have it confirmed. It’s clear from googling that the reason I have problems with a number of yoga poses is my high insteps and I now have a better idea of what props to use to make it easier to get in the right positions and hold them for longer. I do quite a lot of yoga so this is something I am using each week now. The report also recommends which styles would be best for your feet as a guide to choice. When you access a particular style it will tell you which size to try first.
I decided as summer was on the way that I would go for these Ripple Sandals. Being navy they fill a gap in my wardrobe (I’m not sure what happened to my last pair of navy sandals, but it’s useful to have some again). This style has adjustable straps, so it’s easy to get a good fit. The third braided strap has a hidden stretch insert, which helps with comfort and with getting a good fit. I found them very comfortable to wear and I have been able to wear them for a long time in one go from the start.
I’m very happy with the new addition to my wardrobe and I found the experience of using Hotter Footprint™ very worthwhile.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of sandals to enable me to try out buying shoes using the Hotter Footprint™.