It takes an astonishing three-and-a-half days for feet to go back to normal after wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Nearly 30 million Brits have damaged their feet by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly – so much so they found it uncomfortable to walk afterwards.
A study, commissioned by shoe brand Hotter, found the average person wears uncomfortable shoes two days each month – adding up to more than three weeks of recovery time over a year.
One in five, meanwhile, haven’t had their feet measured in 10 years or more, leading to millions having no idea what their shoe size truly is.
The study also found that one in eight adults knowingly wear the wrong size shoes despite the agony they cause – simply because they like the style.
And nearly a third have shoes they describe as ‘sit down shoes’ only – that they can’t actually walk in.
As a result of wearing the wrong size footwear, a tenth of Brits have to deal with bunions on a day-to-day basis.
Thirty-eight per cent report hard skin on their feet, while more than one in 20 are contending with painful blisters.
It also emerged four in 10 adults say looking good is their primary consideration when buying shoes, while a tenth are more concerned whether their legs look nice.
And just under a fifth also believe they must wear the wrong size shoes because the ones they want aren’t available in half size or different width options.
To find out how much you know about feet and the effects ill-fitting shoes can have on your body, take the Hotter feet quiz at: https://www.hotter.com/gb/en/info/knowyourfeet