Measure Your Feet Day
Also known as
National Measure Your Feet Day
annually on January 23rd
Are you sure the shoe size you are wearing is the correct size? When is the last time you measured your feet? On Measure Your Feet Day, people make sure they have the right sized shoes, and give their feet more attention, making sure they are in good health. Shoes that don't fit properly can lead to a host of issues such as hammer toe, bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails. It is important to make sure each shoe fits properly when you buy it, and important to remember that the size of feet can change a bit over time.
According to some sources, the roots of the day go back to ancient Iceland. When the rain would come in the spring, people would go in their huts and celebrate them, by measuring their feet and doing some shelbing. What is shelbing? It apparently is the equivalent of high-fiving with your feet, although we could not find anything about it anywhere besides on resources related to this holiday.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by measuring your feet so you know your proper shoe size. One way to do it is to trace them and then measure their width and length. You could measure them using a Brannock Device as well. By measuring before buying shoes, you will be better able to keep your feet healthy. If you can, try shoes on before buying them as well. Today is also a good day to visit a foot doctor, known as a podiatrist. You could also do some shelbing!