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10 Points of Proper Shoe Fit

Treat your feet right. They support you. You need to support them. Wear shoes that fit.

Poorly fitting shoes can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes and other foot problems. You can prevent some of these problems by paying attention to how you select new shoes. Here are some suggestions on proper shoe fit from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the National Shoe Retailers Association, and the Pedorthic Footwear Association.

  1. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your feet.
    • Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.
    • Have you feet measured regularly. The size of your feet changes as you grow older.
    • If possible, have both feet measured. Many people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the largest foot.
    • When fitting a shoe, take some swelling into account or fit at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
    • Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
    • Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.
    • Don't purchase shoes that feel to tight, expecting them to "stretch" to fit.
    • Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
    • Walk, on a clean carpeted surface, in the shoe to make sure it fits and feels right.

    Measurement tips:

    Take your measurements at the end of the day, when your feet are the largest. Wear the socks you'll wear with your new shoes when you measure.  Measure both feet and fit shoes to the larger foot.  If you are doing the measurement by yourself, you will get more accurate results if you sit in a chair when measuring. Don't stand. If you have someone to help you take your foot measurement, standing is the best choice. You may take measurements in inches or centimeters. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.

    How to measure your feet:

     

    While seated, place your foot on a piece of paper in front of you.  With a pencil, trace around your foot. Hold the pencil as straight up-and-down as possible while measuring and be sure that your pencil remains in constant contact with your foot during this process. With a ruler, measure your tracing to determine your foot length and width.  To find your foot length, measure the distance between the two longest points on your tracing. Reduce this number by 5 mm, or 1/5-inch. The result is your foot length and the number you will use to determine your shoe size.  To find your foot width, measure the distance between the two widest points on your tracing. Reduce this number by 5 mm, or 1/5-inch. The result is the number you will use to determine your foot width. Use the chart below to determine your width.

    Find your shoe size & width:

    Make sure you are looking in the proper column, either men's or women's, when determining your size. The standard width for women is B. The standard width for men is D.

    Women's Shoe Size Chart   

    Inches

    Centimeters

    US Size

    Euro Size

    A

    B
    (Standard)

    C

    8 1/2"

    21.6

    5.0

    36

    2.6"

    2.8"

    3.0"

    8 2/3"

    22.0

    5.5

    36

    2.7"

    2.9"

    3.1"

    8 5/6"

    22.4

    6.0

    37

    2.8"

    2.9"

    3.1"

    9 "

    22.9

    6.5

    37

    2.8"

    3.0"

    3.2"

    9 1/16"

    23.3

    7.0

    38

    2.9"

    3.1"

    3.3"

    9 1/3"

    23.7

    7.5

    38

    2.9"

    3.1"

    3.3"

    9 1/2"

    24.1

    8.0

    39

    3.0"

    3.2"

    3.4"

    9 2/3"

    24.6

    8.5

    39

    3.1"

    3.3"

    3.4"

    9 5/16"

    25.0

    9.0

    40

    3.1"

    3.3"

    3.5"

    10 "

    25.4

    9.5

    40

    3.2"

    3.4"

    3.6"

    10 1/6"

    25.8

    10.0

    41

    3.3"

    3.4"

    3.6"

    10 1/3"

    26.2

    10.5

    41

    3.3"

    3.5"

    3.7"

    10 1/2"

    26.7

    11.0

    42

    3.4"

    3.6"

    3.8"

    10 2/3"

    27.1

    11.5

    42

    3.4"

    3.6"

    3.8"

    10 5/6"

    27.5

    12.0

    43

    3.5"

    3.7"

    3.9"

     

    Men's Shoe Size Chart Shoe Size

    Inches

    Centimeters

    US Size

    Euro Size

    C

    D
    (Standard)

    E

    9 1/3"

    23.7

    6.0

    37

    3.3"

    3.5"

    3.7"

    9 1/2"

    24.1

    6.5

    38

    3.3"

    3.6"

    3.8"

    9 2/3"

    24.6

    7.0

    38

    3.4"

    3.6"

    3.8"

    9 5/16"

    25.0

    7.5

    39

    3.4"

    3.7"

    3.9"

    10 "

    25.4

    8.0

    39

    3.5"

    3.8"

    3.9"

    10 1/6"

    25.8

    8.5

    40

    3.6"

    3.8"

    4.0"

    10 1/3"

    26.2

    9.0

    40

    3.6"

    3.9"

    4.1"

    10 1/2"

    26.7

    9.5

    41

    3.7"

    3.9"

    4.1"

    10 2/3"

    27.1

    10.0

    41

    3.8"

    4.0"

    4.2"

    10 5/6"

    27.5

    10.5

    42

    3.8"

    4.1"

    4.3"

    11 "

    27.9

    11.0

    42

    3.9"

    4.1"

    4.3"

    11 1/6"

    28.4

    11.5

    43

    3.9"

    4.2"

    4.4"

    11 1/3"

    28.8

    12.0

    43

    4.0"

    4.3"

    4.4"

    11 1/2"

    29.2

    12.5

    44

    4.1"

    4.3"

    4.5"

    11 2/3"

    29.6

    13.0

    44

    4.1"

    4.4"

    4.6"

     

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