how to measure shoe size

How to Measure Shoe Size – Step-by-Step Guide

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Planning to buy new shoes?

You might want to learn how to measure shoe size first.

Evaluating the size of your feet is an important pre-requisite of purchasing a new footwear, especially online where you can’t actually fit the shoe itself. With these methods, you’ll be more confident on your next online shopping!

How to measure shoe size: Step-by-step guide

You’ll basically do things manually, assuming that you have no feet-measuring-tool or some sort. So you will need 2 pieces of blank paper, a ruler/measuring tape, a marker/pencil, and a comfortable chair to sit on.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Place one piece of paper on a flat floor.
  • Prevent the paper from slipping by taping it on four sides. Make sure it won’t move away from its place.
  • Grab your marker or pencil and sit on the chair, with the blank paper right in front of you laying on the floor.
  • Now place your right foot on the paper.
  • Start tracing your feet using the pencil. Important: Hold the pencil straight throughout.
  • Continue tracing until you are able to trace the entire feet.
  • Now repeat steps 1 to 6 for the other foot.
  • Now that you’ve traced both feet, grab your ruler or measuring tape and start measuring from the longest toe down to the tip of the heel.
  • Next is to measure the broadest part of your foot which is the width.
  • Now do the same thing for the other paper. Make sure you are able to note the measurement on a piece of paper.
  • After getting the measurement of the feet using your ruler – and after observing that you didn’t get the same results for both feet – always use the larger number between the two.
  • Important step – You must subtract 3/16ths of an inch from each number you get. This is to omit the small space between your actual foot and the line made by the pencil.
  • Double check everything and redo the whole process if necessary.
  • Now you will have to convert your findings into the unit that’s more popular in your country or the unit which the brand uses to sell their shoes.

Tips and things to remember on how to measure shoe size

Wear socks

It is ideal to wear socks if you are measuring your feet for shoes. It’s essentially practical because you will be wearing them with your shoes.

On tracing

Tracing doesn’t need to be perfect. You can expect some differences in the length and width and it’s fine.

Proper pencil tracing

The trick here is to ensure you are holding the pencil perpendicularly on the paper and NOT at an angle. Doing so will increase the accuracy of the size your aiming. Otherwise, you’ll most likely end up measuring the outline from under your foot which is smaller than your actual size.

Note on the longest toe

Note that your big toe may NOT always be the longest toe so double check; referring to step #8.

How to measure shoe size: Conversion charts

The steps above didn’t specify whether you should use the ruler in centimeters or in inches. That’s because it really doesn’t matter in the initial process. To finalize your shoe size, you must convert your measurement findings to their corresponding US or European measurement. Here’s a comprehensive table that will help you:

Men’s size conversion

Inches

CM

Euro Sizes

US Sizes

9.25

23.50

39

6

9.50

24.10

39

6.5

9.63

24.40

40

7

9.75

24.80

40-41

7.5

9.94

25.40

41

8

10.13

25.70

41-42

8.5

10.25

26.00

42

9

10.44

26.70

42-43

9.5

10.56

27.00

43

10

10.75

27.30

43-44

10.5

10.94

27.90

44

11

11.13

28.30

44-45

11.5

11.25

28.60

45

12

11.56

29.40

46

13

11.88

30.20

47

14

12.19

31.00

48

15

12.50

31.80

49

16

Women’s size conversion

Inches

CM

Euro Sizes

US Sizes

8.19

20.80

35

4

8.38

21.30

35

4.5

8.50

21.60

35-36

5

8.75

22.20

36

5.5

8.88

22.50

36-37

6

9.06

23.00

37

6.5

9.25

23.50

37-38

7

9.38

23.80

38

7.5

9.50

24.10

38-39

8

9.69

24.60

39

8.5

9.88

25.10

39-40

9

10.00

25.40

40

9.5

10.19

25.90

40-41

10

10.31

26.20

41

10.5

10.50

26.70

41-42

11

10.69

27.10

42

11.5

10.88

27.60

42-43

12

Kid’s size (approx. 4 to 7 years old)

Inches

CM

Euro Sizes

US Sizes

6.63

16.8

27

10.5

6.75

17.1

28

11

7.00

17.8

29

11.5

7.13

18.1

30

12

7.25

18.4

30

12.5

7.50

19.1

31

13

7.63

19.4

31

13.5

7.75

19.7

32

1

8.00

20.3

33

1.5

8.13

20.6

33

2

8.25

21

34

2.5

8.50

21.6

34

3

Kid’s size

Inches

CM

Euro Sizes

US Sizes

8.63

21.9

35

3.5

8.75

22.2

36

4

9.00

22.9

36

4.5

9.13

23.2

37

5

9.25

23.5

37

5.5

9.50

24.1

38

6

9.63

24.4

38

6.5

9.75

24.8

39

7

Now whether you use inches or centimeters in measuring your feet, you can easily identify their corresponding equivalent in Euro or in US sizes. You simply have to check the charts above.

Summary

Your shoes can make or break your day. That said, it is only essential that you evaluate your real shoe size before you go spending your hard earned cash. And the first step is to simply learn how to measure shoe size by understanding the steps above!

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