Every pair of feet is unique to their owner and footwear bearing the HFG mark will only provide good comfort and wear qualities if the fit is good. It is preferable if shoes are fitted by a qualified shoe fitter. A trained fitter from the Society of Shoe Fitters can be located by visiting their website.
The HFG aren't advocating that individuals become self-shoe fitters what is being suggested below is a simply walk through of some of the basics which can help when checking the fit of one's own current shoes as opposed to new ones.
Users of the HFG guidelines are encouraged to follow the advice below to help check if there is a good standard of fit but if in doubt as previously mentioned consult a trained fitter. A critical factor to achieve a good fit is a fastening with sufficient adjustment. Styles with a lace, touch and close fastening or buckle provide most adjustment and the HFG encourage purchasers to select footwear with this type of fastening where possible.
The HFG have considered that some users of the guidelines will have difficulty with lace, buckle or touch and close type fastenings and have included products that meet the guidelines and have elasticated adjustment. It should be recognised that elasticated fastenings cannot provide the range of adjustment of other fastening types but do provide a solution if managing alternative fastenings is difficult.