- 1 A Detailed Guide to Understanding Shoe Size Charts
A Detailed Guide to Understanding Shoe Size Charts
Buying shoes online gives you access to opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable. In order to get the best product, however, you have to pick the right size. This is where a shoe size chart comes into effect. A shoe size chart usually contains information about footwear sizes in different countries and how they can be converted from one to another.
If you’re coming across a shoe size chart for the very first time, you may feel a bit confused. The following guide will acquaint you with its sections and how to make the conversions from one country’s size to another (on the basis of your foot length).
Shoe Size Charts: An Overview
A shoe size chart can be used to make the conversions from US, to EU and UK sizes. On occasion, Asian shoe sizes (like Japanese ones) may be included in the chart, as well. Usually, a shoe size chart also contains information about the foot length (in centimeters or inches) that corresponds to each number.
Keep in mind there could be specific size charts developed by some of the popular shoe brands. Their numbers may be a bit different from the national averages for every country. Thus, shoe companies that sell shoes online are required to provide a size chart that refers specifically to the numeration that they use.
In order to make sure you’ve chosen the right size, you’ll have to follow a couple of simple steps. You can either take the length of your foot using a tape measure or draw the outline of your foot on a piece of A4 paper. The second technique will give you a chance to be 100 percent accurate in the measurement. Once you’ve drawn the outline of the foot, you can measure the length starting from the big toe to the middle part of the heel. It should be known though that shoe size is not a variable.
Using this information, figure out the number that the length corresponds to. Adding a centimeter or two on top of the measurement you’ve just taken will provide a bit of wiggle room. We have a page dedicated to how shoe sizes relate to inches
Baby Shoe Size Charts
When shopping for shoes, you’ll be given access to different charts – baby, children, for men and for women. The numbers are specific for each of these charts.
A baby shoe size chart will sometimes be called a toddler chart. It starts from foot lengths of 8.9 centimeters (3.5 inches) and goes up to 14.9 centimeters or 5.875 inches. These minimum and maximum lengths correspond to a baby shoe size of 1 (US), 0.5 (UK) and 16 (EU) for the smallest measure and 8.5 (US), 7.5 (UK) and 23.5 (EU) for the biggest measure.
The manner in which you determine a baby’s shoe size is the same as the technique mentioned in the previous section for adults. The length is to be taken from the big toe to the middle of the heel. Using the chart, the number corresponding to this length will be identified.
It’s best to have the baby wearing socks when taking the measurement. This way, there will be a little bit of wiggle room that will ensure maximum comfort.
One final note is that the shoe sizes will sometimes be correlated with the age of the baby. Size 1 (European 16) is considered the size for babies that are zero to three months old. However, your baby cold be growing faster or slower than the standard. Don’t rely on the age recommendations – always take the measurement to be confident in the fit of the shoe.
Shoe Size Charts for Children
Shoe size charts for children start at the size of nine according to US measures (eight in the UK size chart and 25 according to EU numeration). They go up to 13.5, which is still a toddler size. After this, he numeration starts from 1 again for US sizes (13 in the UK and 32 according to EU size charts). This size corresponds to 19.7 centimeters or 7 ¾ inches. The particular shoe size is believed to correspond to a child age of four.
Children sizes go up to a seven for US charts (39 EU) and this shoe size corresponds to an age of 12 and a foot length of 24.8 centimeters (9 ¾ inches).
Always remember there could be some variations from manufacturer to manufacturer. The standard foot measurements mentioned here may not correspond to the particular size chart used by the respective shoe maker. This is why you should always make sure that the length corresponds to the specific number rather than taking the numeration for granted.
Understanding a Women’s Shoe Size Chart
Now that baby and child shoe sizes have been addressed, it’s time to take a look at the different charts for adult men and women.
Female shoe sizes start from a US four and they move up to a US 13. Four corresponds to a UK size of two and a EU size of 35. This respective shoe size corresponds to a foot length of 21.2 centimeters (8.34 inches). A US size 13 corresponds to a 10.5 in the UK and a 45.5 according to EU measurements. The biggest lady number corresponds to a foot length of 28.3 centimeters or 11.125 inches.
When taking your measurement, it’s possible to fall between two of the numbers on the chart. Just to be on the safe side, go for the bigger one. There’s some risk for the smaller number to either be too tight or completely inappropriate for your respective foot length.
Sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, once again. A universal chart cannot be used to make purchasing decisions. Once you’ve taken an accurate measurement of your foot length, you can rely on it to identify your correct number for each of the female shoe brands that you’re interested in.
Understanding a Men’s Shoe Size Chart
A separate chart is used for men who want to buy shoes online and make sure that they’ve pinpointed the correct size.
The men size chart starts at a US shoe size of six. This one corresponds to a 5.5 in the UK and a 39 in EU numeration. As you can see, there’s an overlap between the numbers used for male and female shoes. This is why it’s very important to make sure you’re utilizing the right chart. A men’s shoe size of six corresponds to a foot length of 23.5 centimeters or 9.25 inches.
The biggest number in the chart for guys is 16 according to the US numeration, which corresponds to a UK size of 15.5 and an EU size of 49. The number corresponds to a foot length of 31.8 centimeters or 12.5 inches.
In some instances, a chart may also provide information about shoe widths. Some brands make such variations available, enabling men to guarantee the perfect match. In US charts, the width is labeled with letters from C to EEE/EEEE. C corresponds to slim fit and EEEE is used to label extra-wide shoes.
Width in UK size charts is marked with letters from C to H. Once again, C stands for slim and H stands for extra-wide. D is considered average fit in terms of width.
A Few Additional Tips
On occasions, it’s possible for companies to feature different charts for boys and girls in the age range from four to 12. When looking at kid shoe size charts, you may want to figure out whether these are universal or gendered. The differences between male and female shoes at these respective ages aren’t that great but following the respective chart will give you the best possible results.
On occasions, people may have longer feet than the biggest number or shorter feet than the smallest one. If the difference is a significant one, it would be a good idea to look for specialized shoes or shoes that are custom made. Most popular shoe brands follow more or less the same standards when it comes to the range of numbers that they make available.
When measuring feet, always start with the right one. Some people are simply unaware of the fact that their right foot is a bit bigger than the left one. Thus, if the shoe fits snuggly on the right foot, it will also be comfortable on the left one.
It’s very important for men to examine both the length and the width sizing charts (if a width one is made available). The width could be used to determine the right shoe size. A person who has a width of 2.8 inches will usually be measured as an A and a size of six. A width of 2.9 inches still classifies as an A but it corresponds to a shoe size of seven (US measures).
Finally, it’s always a good idea to look for online stores or shoe brands that have a favorable return policy. Sometimes, choosing the right shoe size wouldn’t be sufficient to make sure that the product is a comfortable one. Trying it at home may reveal some problem that makes the particular piece of footwear unsuitable. Most reputable companies that sell shoes online have a return policy that buyers can rely on to test shoes at home and get a full refund in case they’re not completely satisfied with the item.