Understanding Shoe Sizing

shoe sizeAlthough you and your toddler may both wear a shoe size of 7, it’s obvious that your shoes are not the same size. Men and women may also both wear a size 12, but the man’s size 12 will be almost half an inch longer than the woman’s. To complicate matters even further, there’s lots of variation in shoe width, and many countries also size shoes differently. Fortunately, a little time with a measuring tape and the right size chart can help you get the perfect fit.

Shoe Sizing Basics

Length

Your numerical shoe size, whether you are buying Italian shoes or American shoes, is based on the length of your foot. This is the distance from your heel to your longest toe. It does not account for shape variations or width.

Width

Although some shoes only come in standard widths, many are available in wider or narrower styles. Knowing the width of your foot and how it compares to a pair of shoes is essential for a comfortable fit. Shoe width is usually described with a letter or group of letters, such as “D” or “EEEE.” Sometimes, the letters are replaced by a combination of letters and numbers, such as “4E.” It’s important to note that the width sizing is also dependent on your foot’s length. For instance, if your foot is 3 9/16 inches wide and you wear a size 8, this is considered regular width. However, if you have a foot that is 3 9/16 inches wide and you wear a size 5, you’ll need a wide shoe.

Children’s shoes usually do not come in varying widths.

International Variations

In the United States, women’s shoes come in whole and half sizes that range from 4 through 12. Men’s shoes have whole and half sizes from 6 through 16.

However, numerical sizes are different in other countries. For instance, a woman who wears a size 6 in the United States will wear a size 4 in the United Kingdom, a size 36/37 in Europe, and a size 23 in Japan.

Finding Your Shoe Size

From infant’s crib shoes to men’s work boots, shoes are sized according to length and width. Understanding how your foot compares to the standard sizes will ensure your shoes fit perfectly, whether you buy them in person or order them online.

How to Measure

To measure properly, you’ll need a piece of paper larger than your foot, a pencil, and a measuring tape.

  1. Stand and place the paper on the floor in front of you. If you like, you can tape the paper to the floor to keep it from sliding around. Put your foot on the paper.
  2. Use a pencil to trace all the way around your foot. Try to keep the pencil perpendicular to the paper.
  3. When you’ve completely traced your foot, flip the paper over and trace your other foot on the reverse side.
  4. Use a tape measure to find the length of your foot at its longest point. Next, find the width at the widest point. Write these numbers on the paper.
  5. Subtract ¼ inch or about ½ centimeter from both the length and the width to account for the pencil outline.
  6. Use these measurements to find your shoe size on the chart below.

Helpful Measuring Tips

Keep these tips in mind to help you get the best results from your measurement:

  • Take your measurements at the end of the day, especially if you know your feet tend to swell throughout the day.
  • When measuring, wear the socks or tights you plan to wear with this pair of shoes.
  • Always trace and measure both feet, since it’s common for one foot to be a bit larger than the other. Use the largest foot to find your shoe size.
  • If you’re having trouble keeping your balance while tracing, do it next to a chair or table that you can hold to steady yourself. Some people also find it easier to have a friend trace the foot.

Shoe Size Charts

Women’s Shoes Length and Width Charts

Length (inches) Length (centimeters) US Size UK Size European Size Japanese Size
8 9/16″ 21.6 cm 5 3 35/36 22
8 3/4″ 22.2 cm 5.5 3.5 36 22.5
8 7/8″ 22.5 cm 6 4 36/37 23
9 1/16″ 23 cm 6.5 4.5 37 23.5
9 1/4″ 23.5 cm 7 5 37/38 24
9 3/8″ 23.8 cm 7.5 5.5 38 24.5
9 1/2″ 24.1 cm 8 6 38/39 25
9 11/16″ 24.6 cm 8.5 6.5 39 25.5
9 7/8″ 25.1 cm 9 7 39/40 26
10″ 25.4 cm 9.5 7.5 40 26.5
10 3/16″ 25.9 cm 10 8 40/41 27
10 3/8″ 26.2 cm 10.5 8.5 41 27.5
10 1/2″ 26.7 cm 11 9 41/42 28
10 11/16″ 27.1 cm 11.5 9.5 42 28.5
10 7/8″ 27.6 cm 12 10 42/43 29

 

US Size Narrow (AA) (inches) Narrow (AA) (cm) Medium (M or B) (inches) Medium (M or B) (cm) Wide (D) inches Wide (D) (cm) Extra Wide (EE) (inches) Extra Wide (EE) (cm)
5 2 13/16″ 7.1 cm 3 3/16″ 8.1 cm 3 9/16″ 9 cm 3 15/16″ 10 cm
5.5 2 7/8″ 7.3 cm 3 1/4″ 8.3 cm 3 5/8″ 9.2 cm 4″ 10.1 cm
6 2 15/16″ 7.5 cm 3 5/16″ 8.4 cm 3 11/16″ 9.4 cm 4 1/16″ 10.3 cm
6.5 3″ 7.6 cm 3 3/8″ 8.6 cm 3 3/4″ 9.5 cm 4 1/8″ 10.5 cm
7 3 1/16″ 7.8 cm 3 7/16″ 8.7 cm 3 13/16″ 9.7 cm 4 3/16″ 10.6 cm
7.5 3 1/8″ 8 cm 3 1/2″ 8.9 cm 3 7/8″ 9.9 cm 4 1/4″ 10.8 cm
8 3 3/16″ 8.1 cm 3 9/16″ 9 cm 3 15/16″ 10 cm 4 5/16″ 11 cm
8.5 3 1/4″ 8.3 cm 3 5/8″ 9.2 cm 4″ 10.1 cm 4 3/8″ 11.1 cm
9 3 5/16″ 8.4 cm 3 11/16″ 9.4 cm 4 1/16″ 10.3 cm 4 7/16″ 11.3 cm
9.5 3 3/8″ 8.6 cm 3 3/4″ 9.5 cm 4 1/8″ 10.5 cm 4 1/2″ 11.4 cm
10 3 7/16″ 8.7 cm 3 13/16″ 9.7 cm 4 3/16″ 10.6 cm 4 9/16″ 11.6 cm
10.5 3 1/2″ 8.9 cm 3 7/8″ 9.9 cm 4 1/4″ 10.8 cm 4 5/8″ 11.8 cm
11 3 9/16″ 9 cm 3 15/16″ 10 cm 4 5/16″ 11 cm 4 11/16″ 11.9 cm
11.5 3 5/8″ 9.2 cm 4″ 10.1 cm 4 3/8″ 11.1 cm 4 3/4″ 12.1 cm
12 3 11/16″ 9.4 cm 4 1/16″ 10.3 cm 4 7/16″ 11.3 cm 4 13/16″ 12.2 cm

 

Men’s Shoes Length and Width Charts

Length (inches) Length (centimeters) US Size UK Size European Size Japanese Size
9 1/4″ 23.5 cm 6 5.5 39 25
9 1/2″ 24.1 cm 6.5 6 39/40 25.5
9 5/8″ 24.4 cm 7 6.5 40 26
9 3/4″ 24.8 cm 7.5 7 40/41 26.5
9 15/16″ 25.4 cm 8 7.5 41 27
10 1/8″ 25.7 cm 8.5 8 41/42 27.5
10 1/4″ 26 cm 9 8.5 42 28
10 7/16″ 26.7 cm 9.5 9 42/43 28.5
10 9/16″ 27 cm 10 9.5 43 29
10 3/4″ 27.3 cm 10.5 10 43/44 29.5
10 15/16″ 27.9 cm 11 10.5 44 30
11 1/8″ 28.3 cm 11.5 11 44/45 31
11 1/4″ 28.6 cm 12 11.5 45 32
11 1/2″ 29.2 cm 12.5 12 45/46
11 9/16″ 29.5 cm 13 12.5 46
11 3/4″ 30.2 cm 13.5 13 46/47
12 3/16″ 31 cm 14 13.5 47
12″ 31 cm 14.5 14 47/48
12 1/8″ 31.4 cm 15 14.5 48
12 1/2″ 32 cm 16 15 49/50
13″ 33 cm 17

 

US Shoe Size Narrow (B) (inches) Narrow (B) (cm) Medium (D) (inches) Medium (D) (cm) Wide (EE) (inches) Wide (EE) (cm) Extra-Wide (4E) (inches) Extra-Wide (4E) (cm) Extra, Extra-Wide (6E) (inches) Extra, Extra-Wide (6E) (cm)
6 3 5/16 8.4 3 1/2 8.9 3 11/16 9.4 3 7/8 9.8 4 1/16 10.3
6.5 3 3/8 8.6 3 9/16 9.0 3 3/4 9.5 3 15/16 10.0 4 1/8 10.5
7 3 7/16 8.7 3 5/8 9.2 3 13/16 9.7 4 10.2 4 3/16 10.6
7.5 3 1/2 8.9 3 11/16 9.4 3 7/8 9.8 4 1/16 10.3 4 1/4 10.8
8 3 9/16 9.0 3 3/4 9.5 3 15/16 10.0 4 1/8 10.5 4 5/16 11.0
8.5 3 5/8 9.2 3 13/16 9.7 4 10.2 4 3/16 10.6 4 3/8 11.1
9 3 11/16 9.4 3 7/8 9.8 4 1/16 10.3 4 1/4 10.8 4 7/16 11.3
9.5 3 3/4 9.5 3 15/16 10.0 4 1/8 10.5 4 5/16 11.0 4 1/2 11.4
10 3 13/16 9.7 4 10.2 4 3/16 10.6 4 3/8 11.1 4 9/16 11.6
10.5 3 7/8 9.8 4 1/16 10.3 4 1/4 10.8 4 7/16 11.3 4 5/8 11.7
11 3 15/16 10.0 4 1/8 10.5 4 5/16 11.0 4 1/2 11.4 4 11/16 11.9
11.5 4 10.2 4 3/16 10.6 4 3/8 11.1 4 9/16 11.6 4 3/4 12.1
12 4 1/16 10.3 4 1/4 10.8 4 7/16 11.3 4 5/8 11.7 4 13/16 12.2
12.5 4 1/8 10.5 4 5/16 11.0 4 1/2 11.4 4 11/16 11.9 4 7/8 12.4
13 4 3/16 10.6 4 3/8 11.1 4 9/16 11.6 4 3/4 12.1 4 15/16 12.5
13.5 4 1/4 10.8 4 7/16 11.3 4 5/8 11.7 4 13/16 12.2 5 12.7
14 4 5/16 11.0 4 1/2 11.4 4 11/16 11.9 4 7/8 12.4 5 1/16 12.8
14.5 4 3/8 11.1 4 9/16 11.6 4 3/4 12.1 4 15/16 12.5 5 1/8 13.0
15 4 7/16 11.3 4 5/8 11.7 4 13/16 12.2 5 12.7 5 3/16 13.2

 

Children’s Shoe Size Chart

Length (inches) Length (centimeters) US Size UK Size European Size Japanese Size
3 1/8″ 7.9 cm 0 0 15
3 1/2″ 8.9 cm 1 0.5 16
3 5/8″ 9.2 cm 1.5 1 17
3 3/4″ 9.5 cm 2 1 17
4″ 10.2 cm 2.5 1.5 18
4 1/8″ 10.5 cm 3 2 18 12
4 1/4″ 10.8 cm 3.5 2.5 19 12/12.5
4 1/2″ 11.4 cm 4 3 19 12.5
4 5/8″ 11.7 cm 4.5 3.5 20 12.5/13
4 3/4″ 12.1 cm 5 4 20 13
5″ 12.7 cm 5.5 4.5 21 13.5
5 1/8″ 13 cm 6 5 22 14
5 1/4″ 13.3 cm 6.5 5.5 22 14/14.4
5 1/2″ 14 cm 7 6 23 14.5
5 5/8″ 14.3 cm 7.5 6.5 23 14.5/15
5 3/4″ 14.6 cm 8 7 24 15
6″ 15.2 cm 8.5 7.5 25 14/15.5
6 1/8″ 15.6 cm 9 8 25 15.5
6 1/4″ 15.9 cm 9.5 8.5 26 16
6 1/2″ 16.5 cm 10 9 27 16.5
6 5/8″ 16.8 cm 10.5 9.5 27 16.5/17
6 3/4″ 17.1 cm 11 10 28 17
7″ 17.8 cm 11.5 10.5 29 17/17.5
7 1/8″ 18.1 cm 12 11 30 17.5
7 1/4″ 18.4 cm 12.5 11.5 30 18
7 1/2″ 19.1 cm 13 12 31 18.5
7 5/8″ 19.4 cm 13.5 12.5 31 18.5/19
7 3/4″ 19.7 cm 1 13 32 19
8″ 20.3 cm 1.5 14 33 19.5
8 1/8″ 20.6 cm 2 1 33 20
8 1/4″ 21 cm 2.5 1.5 34 20.5
8 1/2″ 21.6 cm 3 2 34 21
8 5/8″ 21.9 cm 3.5 2.5 35 21.5
8 3/4″ 22.2 cm 4 3 36 22
9″ 22.9 cm 4.5 3.5 36 22.5
9 1/8″ 23.2 cm 5 4 37 23
9 1/4″ 23.5 cm 5.5 4.5 37 23.5
9 1/2″ 24.1 cm 6 5 38 24
9 5/8″ 24.4 cm 6.5 5.5 38 24.5
9 3/4″ 24.8 cm 7 6 39 25

Important First Step

Knowing your shoe size is a very important first step in finding a comfortable pair of shoes. Keep in mind that some manufacturers may deviate from the traditional sizing charts, so it’s always a good idea to double check you measurements against those of the specific shoe brand you’re considering. That way, you can be positive you’ll end up with shoes that feel as good as they look.

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98 thoughts on “Understanding Shoe Sizing

    1. K,
      Widths vary in shoe sizing even more than lengths, so often you just have to try some different widths in your favorite brands. However, in UK sizing E tends to be similar to regular/medium in US sizing. Some brands use E, EE, EEE and in that case more Es means wider.

    1. Hi J,
      In men’s sizing, in most brands you would wear an 11 1/2 narrow. Of course different brands and styles will run differently. but that would be a good target size to start with when you try shoes on.

    1. Certainly children often are growing quickly, and shoes are expensive, so many people like to “go big” to give room for growth. While you may want to err a little to the large size, you want to ensure that the shoes are not so big that they “slip” – in other words, the child’s heel should not come out when they walk or shift side to side in the shoe. A centimeter is probably safe for older children, but in toddlers, you may want to go smaller. An ill-fitting shoe can cause a child to fall and affect their ability to run, walk and play!

  1. I wear a us 10.5 in almost every style. Some are 10’still. My foot is 10.25 in length and there is no way I can wedge my foot into a 9. I even have a pair of tabi boots that are a size 44 and fit my foot perfect. Am I doing something good wrong with measuring or are all charts wrong???

    1. Hi Aaron, While we’ve based our size chart on a large number of men’s shoe charts for major brands, there are going to be factors besides the length which affect your sizing. Feet come in varying shapes, widths and heights (sole to the top of your foot). Do you tend to end up with extra room in the toe box? That could be a sign you are needing the larger size for something other than the length of your foot. Alternately, you may not be relaxing your foot and fully putting your weight on it when you measure – have you tried our measurement suggestions above? Either way, I’m glad you have found a size that is working well for you!

  2. I typically wear 13s in all shoes, but lately I have had trouble fitting in a 13 for athletic shoes (basketball/running) have been a problem for years. Trying to run hurt my toes in the worst way where I could not even take the pain after awhile. I then started buying 14s which are better fit for running than the 13s but I feel like the 14 is too big, I compensate by wearing double socks and tying up the laces tight. I feel like a 13.5 would be perfect but seems like the biggest half size they make or that I can find is 12.5……my feet are narrow so the 14s give me issues there as well. Please someone give me advice! I love shoes but feel like I don’t have a true size for my feet! I’ve ordered Nike 13s before and they are way too tight and others that are fine. So now I can never order the shoes I find online because I don’t know if they will fit…any suggestions?????

    1. Hi Andrew,
      Yes, not having good fitting shoes can be incredibly frustrating… and the sizes do vary, even within brands. The first thing I’d recommend is to see if you have a “running store” near you. Usually, the folks at these stores are really well trained in analyzing fit and knowing which brands fit in which ways. Spending the time for a good fitting can make a huge difference. Usually, these stores tend to be local, not national chains, but if you are in California, look for Snail’s Pace or Road Runner.
      Next, there are some brands that carry 13.5 – try Asics.
      Another thing to try is depending on where the pressure is on your toes, you might do better with a 13 in a wide width. A wider toe box can alleviate some toe pain issues as well.
      Finally, yes, ordering online can be a challenge until you’ve identified some brands and sizes that fit. So, for that reason, going into some local stores will be your best bet, but if you don’t have any nearby, you may just want to order a bunch from zappos and then return all but one. 😉

  3. Hi my foot measures 12 3/4 long and 5 5/16 wide. Just wondering what size i should be looking for since I cant seem to get any that fit right.

  4. Hi Ann, my foot length is 25 cm, width is 10 cm and height is 8.5 cm. Length wise, the size 8” shoe fits well, leaving a thumb’s width gap in the front. However, it’s little tighter in height wise. The next available size in the brand of my preference is 9”. Though height wise, it’s comfortable, length wise it’s little loose, especially in heal portion. Basically, I’m looking for 10K running shoes. Could you let me know, what’s the correct size for me — 8” or 9”? Would lacing technique help in loosened heal in case of 9” shoes?

    1. Well, it sounds like your preferred brand just may not be your ideal fit, so you might want to try some other options. But, lacing can definitely help with a loose heel – especially if your brand has those “extra” holes near the top, but off to the side a bit that a lot of people don’t use.

  5. Ann, in my question, there’s a correction — please read ” (inch) as number (No). I mean Could you let me know, what’s the correct size for me — No 8 or No 9, if it’s primarily for 10K runs? Would lacing technique help in loosened heal in case of No. 9 shoes?

  6. due to my work environment & personal lifestyle i’ve mostly worn work boots & tennies (even steel toe tennies)… i recently got asked to be in a wedding… now i needed dress shoes uht-oh… all my adult life i’ve worn 10 1/2 but when i was sized after all the dress shoes were too big… i’m told i wear a 9 1/2… is there an inherent difference in the sizes of certain styles of footware

    1. Hi Vee,
      Shoe sizes don’t tend to vary so much by “types” of shoes, but they do vary a lot by brand. So, a couple things are possible – if you needed the 9.5 just for a particular brand or 2, they tend to run larger (I’ve noticed the more expensive ones tend to run a little larger, too!). It will also depend on the shape of your feet. For example, people with really wide feet tend to need to go larger in any pointy-toed dress shoes. Those with narrower feet can often wear smaller sizes. The real question is are those 9.5s comfortable on you (or as comfy as dress shoes can be when you’ve had the freedom of comfy shoes for years)? If they pinch or feel tight, I’d definitely shop elsewhere, get measured and get another opinion.

  7. I wear a women’s size 7 1/2 women’s gym shoes, what size would I wear in a Men’s gym shoes or a boys gym shoe?

  8. I owned a pair of reeboks size 10 .. Perfect . After they wore out I bought another pair of reeboks slightly newer model . Size 10 was too small . Sent back and got 10.5… Still too small . Just ordered 11… Do company’s “reebok ” differ that much between models . For instance first pair was reeboks 2160 .. New ones are reebok 3000s

    1. Unfortunately, even within a single brand, you will find size variations. This is due to changes they make over time, and also to the different cuts/fits of the shoes. For example, for someone with a wider foot, if a particular style/model runs narrow, you might have to go up a size in order for your foot to fit into it.
      I highly recommend going to a specialty shoe store and having them measure you; they can give you tips on what models will be the best fit for your particular foot dimensions.

    1. Pamela,
      Usually to get a men’s size, you subtract 1.5 or 2 sizes (1.5 at the lower size end, 2 sizes at higher size end) to get the men’s. This would put you in a size 3.5. You might be able to wear a 4. Unfortunately, most men’s shoes start at size 5. You will have to look for brands that carry a 4. Men’s shoes tend to run a little wider than women’s, but I’d still find a wide if you can.

  9. Hi,
    This is a general question about sizing. Sizing is confusing to me. I have measured my foot to be 26 cm long and 11 cm wide. When I look at the size chart is the shoe size given exactly the measurement of my foot or is it a little larger giving my foot wiggle room? In other words, when I buy a shoe in a particular size, is the measurement of the shoe exactly my foot length, or is it a tiny bit larger to accommodate comfort. It would seem getting a shoe exactly the same measurement of my foot would be too small for actual walking. What is the standard for measurement between foot and shoe? Thanks!

    1. Hi Elona,
      This is a great question. The measurement given is generally for the size of foot that will fit in that shoe — not for the actual shoe’s dimensions. So, buy the size that corresponds to the actual measurements of your feet.

  10. Hi there,

    For a few months now I have had so much confusion with my shoe size. I am about 26.2-5 cms length wise, but sometimes I can fit a size 8 uk. I have bought a size 8 uk and it just fits, but I’ve also bought a size 9 from another brand, and it fits well just a little room left. So what I’m basically asking is would you recommend always going for the 9 because there is extra space (maybe more comfortable) or the one where it just fits? I have been debating back and forth with myself for a long time now and I’d like to get a second opinion on it. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Teodora,
      It sounds like you are right on the border of shoe sizes – which means that you will generally need to try both a size 8 and a 9 and decide based on a particular shoe’s cut and fit. When you say the 8 “just fits” – is it tight at all? Does it rub? If so, you are probably better going to the 9. On the other hand, does your heel slip out of the 9 when you walk? Does your foot shimmy in the shoe? Then, the 9 is too big. If neither is happening, I’d generally go with the 9. Also keep in mind the time of day and what you’ve been doing when you try on the shoes. Your feet tend to swell a bit during the day, especially if you’ve been on them, walking or standing. So, if you have a shoe that “just fits” in the morning, you may be miserable by the end of a long day. Also, for athletic shoes, while you don’t want them slipping in the heel (sometimes just lacing using the grommets way up high by the ankle fixes that) you do want some extra room in the toe box for best fit. Hope this helps…

  11. In the past I had New Balance with WIDE printed on the tongue of the shoe. The last pair I bought had D printed on the tongue. When I went for my orthotics I was told that D is narrower than WIDE (and not as good for me) and that lately there are companies using D instead of WIDE.
    Are companies not using WIDE so much anymore?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Leah,
      For women, a D width is a little wider than normal, because in women’s shoes a “B” or “C” is considered normal width. However, most shoes that are truly wide are Es or a few brands even make EE or EEE. They are hard to find but some brands do carry them. New Balance does make several of their styles in EE, however you may need to order online to find them as local stores are less likely to have them. You can check out the New Balance site here: http://www.newbalance.com/home (they are actually my preferred athletic shoes as I also have wide feet!)

      Also, please note that men’s “normal” width is a D. So, one option for wider running shoes for you may be to try men’s sizing if you can find a style you like.

      Hope this helps!

      Ann

    1. HI Sandy,

      In men’s shoe sizing, you’d wear a 10 extra wide (4e) in US sizing, 9,5 extra wide in UK sizing, depending on the cut and brand. Look for brands that specifically carry wides for your best fit.

  12. I wear a size 11EE and there are some boots I would like to buy that are only offered in D widths. What size boot should I look at to purchase-11.5; 12?

    1. Hi Gary, you would probably need to go to a 12 to get the width you need… At that point, your length will be off and it is likely your heel will slip. I’d suggest looking for a brand that actually comes in EE for true comfort.

  13. I’m buying a Giuseppe Zannoti wedge mock-croc sneaker but they’re only available in IT34.5. I’m size IT 35. Will this be too small or will this stretch in time thus whatever discomfort I may have initially will go away when I finally break it in?

    It’s my dream sneakers.

    1. HI Victoria, While shoes do tend to stretch and “break in” that usually will not make up for them being a half size too small. When they are too small, there will not be adequate room in either width or length and it is likely the arch will hit in the wrong place. So, unless you’ve tried them and know they run large (or can return them if they don’t run large) I would not recommend buying too small.

  14. I believe I measured properly on the women’s chart, but my length and width aren’t matching up accordingly with the charts. In the past, I have worn a 6 1/2M, but have lost some weight and my last 6 1/2 I bought recently is too large. I then purchased a 6M and it fit, but it seems as though different brands run differently? Why isn’t a size 6 a size 6 anymore? Lol According to your chart, I’m even smaller than that! I have 3 1/2″ width and 8 1/2″ length. Help!
    Thank you,
    Melanie

    1. HI Melanie,
      Different shoe brands definitely use different measurements – our charts are based on averages from major manufacturers. However, I’m also wondering if you measured accurately? To get your best measurement, stand comfortably on a piece of paper on a flat, hard surface (not carpet). If possible, have someone else mark the very front and back and sides of your foot on the paper as leaning over can have you flex your foot which will change the length. Measure from the end of your longest toe to the back of your heel.
      Ultimately, the best option is to try on shoes as the different styles will have varying measurements as well as the brands differing. Good luck.

  15. Ok I wear a size 8 and a half women’s shoes, now my question is if a man’s shoe is an 6-8 or 9 which size would fit me?? It’s cause I’m interested in buying some Jordan’s at a cheap price😌 great deal…so I’m confused if the shoe would be too small or too big and what size would fit me!!!?? I’ve been told that women would wear a smaller size in men’s!! Does that make sense?? Please help thank u..😌😌

    1. Hi,
      Yes, the men’s size shoe you wear will be a smaller number than the women’s size. Usually it is about a size smaller (except at very large sizes, where there may be a size and a half difference) So, if you wear 8.5 in women’s shoes, you would most likely wear a 7.5 in men’s shoe sizing. Note that men’s shoes tend to run a little wider than women’s so if you have a very narrow foot, men’s shoes will not be the best fit for you.

  16. Hello! From my calculation I believe I am a women’s size 8 to 8.5 extra wide, am I correct? My measurements are 4.3125 inches wide, and 9.5625 long. Right now, and for the past years of my life (I’m 16) I’ve been wearing shoes that are sized 11 or 12 in women’s, or 10.5 in men’s. The reason I’m on this site is because recently my friends and I were comparing shoe sizes, and while my shoes seem to fit comfortably they look as if they would be much too long for my feet. Perhaps they seem comfortable because I’m so used to it? Thank you for answering, I hope you have a lovely day!

    1. Hi Violet. When you are measuring your foot are you standing up with weight on your foot, with it fully extended? I’d be really surprised if your measurements are correct and you’ve been comfortably wearing 11s or 12s. Your foot does seem to run wide, so you may have gone up in size to allow for extra width and you may be able to find a better length fit if you can find brands with extra wides. Alternately, you may be wearing a brand that tends to run small? Do your toes go to the end of your shoe or how much ectra space is there from the end of your toes to the front of your shoe?

    2. I can’t imagine that 9.5625 is the correct measurements for you if you wearing size 11 or 12 in women’s. I wear a size 7 1/2- 8 in women’s. I measured my foot tracing it standing up and I got 9 10/16 which I think is the same as 9 5/8.

  17. Considering the chart for women above, i did not even identify my foot length on the chart. I measure 29.2cm to be exact, does it mean i have no shoe size?

    1. Hi, You would wear an extended size – many brands unfortunately don’t support sizes above 10 or 11. You would probably wear a 13.5 or 14 in most women’s show brands.

  18. I’ve been trying to find a pair of women’s galoshes that you can wear with shoes, but have been unable to. So I decided to try men’s. The trouble is I don’t know how to figure the difference in size . My feet measure about 9 1/8, width about 3 1/8, is this narrow, medium, or wide? I wear about a size 6.5. What is this in a man’s size? I’m very confused. Can You help? Thank you.

    1. HI Debby,
      While it was a good idea to try men’s… the issue you will run into is that most men’s shoes do not come small enough for you. You would need a size 5 narrow in men’s and most men’s shoes start at a size 6. You might consider seeing if there are any galoshes that come in what they call “big kids” sizes – you’d need a 5 or 5.5 in those. I looked around and could find some on Amazon in the “boot” style of overshoe, but not the classic galoshe overshoe. Wishing you luck…

  19. I wear size 7 wide. What size can I wear if wide widths are not available? Would I be able to wear a size 7 medium, or 7 1/2 medium?

    1. Hi Patricia,
      If you wear a wide, you are really better off trying to find brands that carry a wide and choosing that brand versus trying to fit your foot into a shoe that doesn’t really fit. While a 7.5 medium might fit you in width, it is then likely to be too long and may not fit in other parts of your foot.
      In a shoe store, a knowledgeable salesperson can point you to brands that carry wides – online retailers (such as zappos) often let you filter your searches by sizes or widths.
      Good luck!

      Ann

  20. my daughter has very wide feet and is measuring 19.5cm length and 9cm wide. Would she require a wide ir extra wide shoe?

    1. Hi, I think your width measurement might be off? For that length, 9cm would be very narrow. If you want to trace her foot, measure at the widest point to see the accurate width.

      thanks!

  21. How does 4 inf and 4 jnr differ in children’s shoes please? I have no idea about it. I want to buy the shoes online (tkmaxx UK) and that’s what they got. “Inf” and “jnr” choices.
    Thanks

  22. hi, my foot is 23cm long and 2.9inches wide and I cannot seem to find any pair of shoes to fit me. i typically wear a US 7 or occasionally a 7.5. is my foot especially narrow or something as every pair i try is too wide and the shoes feel too big even if they’re the right length. what could i do or where could i find shoes that would fit me? thanks

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      If you have measured correctly, in most brands you’d wear a 6 1/2 women’s shoe, so you might want to try that. And, yes, your foot is narrow, so the ideal for you would be a brand that carries a narrow width (also noted as AA). Many brands do carry narrows, but a few popular options that make women’t shoes are Naturalizer, Sam Edelman, Bella Vita, Clarks, Munro and Softwalk.

  23. This is so wrong my foot measures 11 3/8 but I wear a size 16 so yeah this size chart is so wrong and needs to be figured out

    1. Hi William,

      Our chart uses an average of many of the major men’s show manufacturers. So, it is possible that your favorite shoes run small so you need to go to a 16. It is also possible you are not fully putting your weight on your foot and relaxing it when you measure it. I have verified the chart data with several leading brands and it is correct. Thanks for inspiring us to add a size 16 row!

  24. Hi, I’ve just checked Nike’s shoes size chart and my heel to toe height of 26cm converts to a size 7 UK on their chart whereas for yours it is 8.5. I understand you are taking the average but how do you account for that magnitude of discrepancy?

    I am looking to buy Nike football boots. Is Nikes shoes size chart the same as their football boots size chart (they dont jave a cm conversion for their football boots size chart). Your help would be thoroughly appreciated.

    1. HI Ahmed,

      Yes, you’ve discovered that there is a really wide variation among brands. A lot of the athletic shoes tend to run a little larger and Nike is one of those that runs on the larger side, so your best bet is to use their chart specifically. I don’t have personal experience with their football boots, but most of their products should follow fairly consistent sizing, so you should be fine following the general chart for your sizing in those. Good luck!

    1. Hi Ryan,

      If you’re looking to buy a pair of shoes from the UK, a women’s size 10.5 would be 8.5 in the UK and a men’s 10.5 US shoe size would be 10 in the UK.

  25. I measured my foot I’m 27 3/4 cm long and 4 5/8 cm wide ..what size shoe should i be and im looking at buying some nike running shoes

  26. Hi I wear 2 pr of sock with work boots. I wear a justin model 795 14d but I cant find any in stock. But I can find a 14e in stock. Will the 14e be way too big? Thank u.

  27. Hii Ann i usually wear UK 8 soccer cleats and this time i bought soccer cleat sizing UK 9 and there is more than a thumps space left but my heel does not slip.Is my size right??

    1. If there is 3/8″ to 1/2″ from your longest toe to the top of the shoe when you’re standing up, your sizing should be correct.

    1. HI Jonathan, Are you shopping online or in a store where you are seeing that delineation? What brand are the shoes? Usually a “T” with a shoe size indicates a “toddler” sized shoe. I have never seen that designation with adult shoes, but I’m happy to research it if you can let us know the brand or post a link?
      Best, Ann

  28. Good afternoon,

    I have sent hours over several days trying to sort my shoe size and badly need help.
    I live in the UK.
    the length of my foot is 9 3/4 inches.
    The width is 9 inches round the widest part of my foot.
    I badly need to know what my real shoe size is. I always used to be a 5 1/2. but I am now so confused.

    1. Hi Jean,
      First, your foot size can change due to many factors, so it is important to remeasure every year or two.

      To properly measure the width of your foot, you need to stand up naturally and then trace your foot. Measure the width at the widest part. Measuring around your foot won’t give you an accurate result.

      From your length, it looks like you’d wear a 6.5 in most UK sizing and an 8.5 in most US sizes, but if you want to re-measure your width, we can help you with more info on your width sizing.

  29. Hi-I usually wear size 7.5 Medium, but it bothers my pinki toe, so I am thinking to buy my shoes in Wide (W). Does this mean I will order the same size (7.5) but wide, or I would reduce my size to 7 only since W will make the shoes slighly bigger? What is your advice?
    Thank you.

    1. HI Sana,
      You would order the same size you usually wear (as long as the length generally has been fitting you well) but just order the wide.

  30. My foot measures 12 inches exactly in length. I find that a mens 11 fits well but to translate that 12 inch measurement to womens makes it a size 15 which is way large. Is there a reason for this?

    1. Typically if your foot measures 12″ in length it should translate into a size 14.5 in a men’s size. This could vary on the type of shoe and the brand.

  31. I’m trying to buy my granddaughter duck boots. Her foot measures 9 1/2 in. What size women’s shoe would she wear

  32. I am in the market for cowboy boots and I am having a hard time finding my size. I have measured my foot and I am at 11.5 inches with width being at 5 inches. Can someone help me figure the boot size that I need. Thank you

    1. According to your measurements, your shoe size should be a 12.5 Extra Extra Wide or 2E. Since sizes vary, you will want to check your measurements with the brand of cowboy boots you’re planning on purchasing.

  33. I want to order a pair of shoes from the internet but their sizing has WW & W in that order. So which one is the widest? My foot is wide but not extreme. I usually order an “E”

    1. Hi Rachel,
      WW is an extra wide and would be similar to a 2E. Most brands don’t have just an E and jump from D (wide, also called W) to 2E (extra wide, also called WW).

  34. What’s the difference between an 8 wide and an 8 and a half?

    I’ve got a wide toe base but a narrow heel, and it’s been been so long since I shopped for shoes that I’ve forgotten which is which.

    (I’m an aging women and no longer need pretty shoes for work or dating, so I usually buy two pairs of strong walking shoes at a time.)

    1. An 8 and a half is a longer shoe. Some brands only carry full sizers, but others make theirs in smaller increments of length. You may need a wide if you have a wide toe base. Look for those that can lace high enough and tightly enough near the top to keep your heel from slipping.

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