How To Measure Shoe Size – A Guide With Sizing Chart

Written by Pratima Ati

Shopping for shoes that fit you perfectly can be such a harrowing experience, especially when you are about to invest a lot of money. For starters, measuring your feet size is a foolproof way to arrive at the exact shoe size. Even though the sizing differs with brands and the measuring unit of the country you are based out of, big names are pretty standard and have set conversion charts. Plus, it is not even that complicated and takes less than a couple of minutes to measure your foot correctly. If you have always been confused about finding the right size, your struggle ends here. Scroll down to learn how to measure shoe size of your feet correctly.

How To Measure Shoe Size

You Will Need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Paper – 2 big pieces
  • Pencil or a marker
  • Chair to sit on while taking the measurement

How To Measure

How To Measure Shoe Size - How To Measure


  • The easiest and the most accurate way to do it is to first stick the paper to the floor with a tape so that it does not move.
  • Sit on the chair and place one foot on the paper.
  • Place the pencil/marker perpendicular to the paper and not at an angle, because then you might end up taking the outline from under the foot and not realize it.
  • Now, trace the outline of your feet, one foot at a time. There will be some difference between the width and length of both feet.
  • Now, make a note of the length by measuring from the tip of the heel to your longest toe – remember the big toe is always not the longest.
  • Do the same with the width, measure the broadest part of your foot.
  • Make a note of these numbers. And, use the larger number among the two.
  • You then need to subtract ‘3/16’ from the number; you need to do this to make up for any difference between the line and the physical shoe.
  • That will finally become your shoe measurement.
  • You will now have to convert this according to your country’s measurement units. See the conversion charts below.

P.S – If you are measuring your feet for shoes, then wear socks, because you will be wearing them with your shoes.

Shoe Size Chart – Women

CmsInchesUK SizesUS SizesEU SizesIndia Sizes

Shoe Size Chart – Men

CmsInchesUK SizesUS SizesEU SizesIndia Sizes

I do not know about you, but my days are as comfortable as my footwear, and it is no exaggeration when I say that shoes can practically make or break your day. I hope this article helps you take care of any confusion you had. If you have any more questions, feel free to write in – use the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most common women’s shoe size?

In the US, the average shoe size of a woman is anywhere between 7-9; while in the UK, it is 6.5-7. For men, it is somewhere between 9-12 in the US, and between 7-8 in the UK.

Is there a ratio of shoe size to height?

Feet are the base of your body and balance your body weight, and that’s why there is an apparent correlation between your feet and your height. There are some studies that discuss these in depth. However, it is always an estimation and not a hard and fast rule. According to the findings, for every 6.6 inches of your height, you will add 1 inch of foot length.

Are sandal sizes the same as your regular shoe size?

There is usually a slight difference in the size, especially with different brands. Shoe manufacturing companies deal with the making of shoes with high precision because it affects the performance and the experience of a customer. With sandals, companies are less wary about the approximation and trends keep changing very often. So, unless it is an expensive brand, you can’t always be sure of your size – there will invariably be a minute difference in width and fit.

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.