At one time or another we've all tried to wear shoes that were too small or too big for us. It's no fun, and you risk potential injury. Knowing your exact shoe size is essential to buying shoes. Finding your shoe size before you shop saves you time in the store and helps you avoid buying a pair that doesn't fit having to return them. Just follow the steps below to find out your shoe size!
Part One of Two:
Measure your Foot at HomeEdit
1Tape a piece of paper down to the floor. You are going to trace an outline of your foot to measure, so avoid doing this on carpet or any other surface that will be difficult to write on.
2Place your foot firmly on top of the piece of paper. Your leg should be bent slightly and your shin should be in front of your ankle. Try to put your foot perpendicular to any lines on your paper. You can stand, sit on a chair or crouch down.
3Draw the outline of your foot all the way around. You can wear the socks you are planning to wear with the shoes you would like to buy, but don't wear shoes.
4Mark the length and width of your foot on the paper. Use your marker to draw straight line touching each side of the outline.
5Measure the length of your foot. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure from the top to bottom. Write this number down. This number will largely determine your shoe size.
6Measure the width of your foot. Measure between the lines on the left and right sides and write the number down. Many shoes come in different widths, so this number will determine which version to buy.
7Subtract 3/16ths of an inch from each number. This is to accommodate the small space between the line made by the pencil and your actual foot.
8Use your length and width measurements to find your shoe size on a sizing chart. Men and women use different sizes, as do different countries.Advertisement
Part Two of Two:
Interpreting the ResultsEdit
1For women, find your length measurement on the chart of US women's sizes below.
- 4 = 8 3/16" or 20.8 centimeter (8.2 in) in length
- 4.5 = 8 5/16" or 21.3 centimeter (8.4 in)
- 5 = 8 11/16" or 21.6 centimeter (8.5 in)
- 5.5 = 8 13/16" or 22.2 centimeter (8.7 in)
- 6 = 9" or 22.5 centimeter (8.9 in)
- 6.5 = 9 3/16" or 23 centimeter (9.1 in)
- 7= 9 5/16" or 23.5 centimeter (9.3 in)
- 7.5 = 9 1/2" or 23.8 centimeter (9.4 in)
- 8 = 9 11/16" or 24.1 centimeter (9.5 in)
- 8.5 = 9 13/16" or 24.6 centimeter (9.7 in)
- 9 = 10" or 25.1 centimeter (9.9 in)
- 9.5 = 10 3/16" or 25.4 centimeter (10.0 in)
- 10 = 10 5/16" or 25.9 centimeter (10.2 in)
- 10.5 = 10 1/2" or 26.2 centimeter (10.3 in)
- 11 = 10 11/16" or 26.7 centimeter (10.5 in)
- 11.5 = 10 13/16" or 27.1 centimeter (10.7 in)
- 12 = 11" or 27.6 centimeter (10.9 in)
2For men, find your length measurement on the chart of US men's sizes below.
- 6 = 9 1/4" or 23.8 centimeter (9.4 in) in length
- 6.5 = 9 1/2" or 24.1 centimeter (9.5 in)
- 7 = 9 5/8" or 24.4 centimeter (9.6 in)
- 7.5 = 9 3/4" or 24.8 centimeter (9.8 in)
- 8 = 9 15/16" or 25.4 centimeter (10.0 in)
- 8.5 = 10 1/8" or 25.7 centimeter (10.1 in)
- 9= 10 1/4" or 26 centimeter (10.2 in)
- 9.5 = 10 7/16" or 26.7 centimeter (10.5 in)
- 10 = 10 9/16" or 27 centimeter (10.6 in)
- 10.5 = 10 3/4" or 27.3 centimeter (10.7 in)
- 11 = 10 15/16" or 27.9 centimeter (11.0 in)
- 11.5 = 11 1/8" or 28.3 centimeter (11.1 in)
- 12 = 11 1/4" or 28.6 centimeter (11.3 in)
- 13 = 11 9/16" or 29.4 centimeter (11.6 in)
- 14 = 11 7/8" or 30.2 centimeter (11.9 in)
- 15 = 12 3/16" or 31 centimeter (12.2 in)
- 16 = 12 1/2" or 31.8 centimeter (12.5 in)
3Consider your width. Many shoes will also have a width size, ranging through AA, A, B, C, D, E, EE, and EEEE. B is average for women, D is average for men. A and below are narrow, E and up are wide and extra-wide (See chart below).
4Consult the manufacturer or shoe store if you have extreme measurements.Advertisement
I see a chart for mens' shoe width but not for womens'. Where is the one for women?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- The article explains that a women's average width is a B and a women's narrow is an A or below, while the men's average is a D. Even though the chart they are using is titled "Men's Shoe Width...", it is actually the same chart for men and for women -- the article just didn't make that clear.
How can I determine my exact shoe size when buying shoes from the internet?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- Most websites that sell shoes will have a sizing chart that you can refer to. If the website does not have a sizing chart, then you can order a size that is similar to the size you are currently wearing. If the shoe arrives and it does not fit, see if you can return it; most online shops have a flexible return policy.
Why don't the women's shoes go up to a size 11, and wider?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- The reason is because it's so uncommon that it just doesn't make sense to a shoe store to keep that size in stock. Most of the time, they need to be specially ordered online from a manufacturer directly or from an online shoe store that carries your size.
Should I purchase a trainer a half a size larger than my normal size?Answered by
- It depends on the purpose for which you will be wearing the shoes. The average sports-player needs less of a different size than supports (stiffer versus softer structures in differing areas) for their particular sport, to avoid injury. Those who are especially active or train for long periods (such as marathon runners), to a degree by which the shoe must accommodate swelling, do need to purchase larger shoes. However, if you are that serious about sport, you should be professionally fitted by shops that sell shoes for your sport, e.g. a hiking store for outdoorsmen or a sports store. They not only have better advice than the general guideline but a size replacement policy.
Should I calculate the length of my foot in inches or centimeters?Answered by wikiHow Contributor
- The charts here measure in both inches and millimeters. You could measure in either inches or measure in centimeters and multiply the centimeter length times ten to get the millimeter length.
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To find your shoe size, start by placing a piece of paper on the floor and tracing the outline of your bare foot onto it. Then, use a ruler to draw a rectangle around the outline that touches the furthest point on each side of your foot. Finally, measure the length and width of the rectangle to get your shoe size. Keep in mind that most shoe sizes are based on the length of your foot, although some will also include the width.