HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SHOE SIZE
There are a handful of ways to find your foot measurement. You can get it done professionally by a podiatrist, use a Brannock device at a store or even measure from home.
When measuring your shoe size at home, you’ll need the following items:
- Two pieces of paper larger than your foot
- Writing utensil
Please follow the instructions below.
1. Tape the paper on the floor with one end against a wall. It’s important that it doesn’t slip so that you’re able to get the proper measurement.
2. Plant one foot on the paper with your heel against the wall.
3. Trace the outline of your foot. It’s easiest to have someone help you with this step. Try not to hold the pencil at an angle, as that can cause an improper measurement.
4. Using your ruler, measure the longest and widest parts of your outline.
5. Repeat with your other foot.
Take down your measurements in both inches and centimeters. Charts may vary in the units used. When comparing your results with a shoe size chart, you’ll want to use the measurement of your larger foot.
HOW SHOULD YOUR SHOES FIT?
Although measuring your foot can give you a rough idea of your size, it’s also important to try a shoe on and check the fit. Your desired fit may vary based on the type of shoe you’re purchasing.
Even if you’ve taken all the steps necessary to find your shoe size, it may take a few wears to know if you’ve found the best fit. Here are some ways to tell if your shoes are too big or too small.
If you find blisters forming on top of or between your toes, that could be a sign that your shoes are too small. A shoe that is too small may also cause calluses or your foot to fall asleep or cramp. Meanwhile, blisters on the ball of your foot are an indication that your shoe is too wide.
It’s common to need a half size larger in a boot than a typical dress shoe. If you find that your heel is slipping, you might want to try a smaller shoe size.
Keep in mind that feet can grow or change over time. Other factors, such as arch type and foot shape, may affect the fit of your footwear.