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How to Measure Shoe Size

Wearing the wrong shoe size not only can be uncomfortable, but it also can cause painful injuries, hammertoes or bunions. For men and women alike, it’s important to know the correct size when shopping for a new pair of shoes. Fortunately, measuring your shoe size is easy to do at home with a few simple office supplies.

What you'll need:

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler
  • A friend to help you (optional)

Step 1: Tape a Piece of Letter-Sized Paper to the Floor

The paper will serve as a background for marking your foot's length. Tape it down to prevent it from sliding underfoot.

Step 2: Stand Up Straight on Top of the Paper

Wearing the type of socks that you'll wear with your shoes, place your heel at the bottom edge of the paper. It may be helpful to stand with your back against a wall to ensure that your legs and feet are straight.

Step 3: Mark the Length and Width of Your Foot on the Paper

Have a friend mark the length and width of your foot in pen or pencil on the piece of paper. You can also bend down and mark the measurements yourself while keeping your foot straight. Be sure to mark both feet as their sizes may be different.

Step 4: Measure the Length and Width of Your Foot

Step off the paper and use a ruler to measure the length and the width of your foot. For accuracy, measure the widest and longest parts of the outline that you marked on the paper.

Step 5: Find Your Shoe Size on a Sizing Chart

Use your measurements to determine your shoe size from a shoe sizing chart. Since sizes vary by manufacturer, knowing your measurements isn't a foolproof way to ensure a perfect fit. It's always a good idea to try on new shoes before buying them.

 

Step 1: Tape a piece of letter-sized paper to the floor.

The paper will serve as a background for marking your foot's length. Tape it down to prevent it from sliding underfoot.

 

Step 1: Tape a piece of letter-sized paper to the floor.

The paper will serve as a background for marking your foot's length. Tape it down to prevent it from sliding underfoot.

 

Step 2: Stand up straight on top of the paper.

Wearing the type of socks that you'll wear with your shoes, place your heel at the bottom edge of the paper. It may be helpful to stand with your back against a wall to ensure that your legs and feet are straight.

 

Step 2: Stand up straight on top of the paper.

Wearing the type of socks that you'll wear with your shoes, place your heel at the bottom edge of the paper. It may be helpful to stand with your back against a wall to ensure that your legs and feet are straight.

Shoe Size Chart