Feeling the squeeze in your shoes today? Be it a burgeoning blister on your little toe or some developing bunions, many of us endure niggling ailments caused by ill-fitting shoes.Conflicting advice on how the two match up is one of the reasons so many of us wear ill-fitting shoes. A recent survey by fashion brand Long Tall Sally found a third of women wear the wrong size footwear. This makes our feet age more quickly than the rest of our bodies, causing long-term health problems.
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So why aren't shoe sizes more standardized across the board? As it turns out, it's actually an industry-wide issue: Because each brand develops their own personal fit for each size of shoe, the odds of that fit being duplicated exactly by a competing brand are slim.
By measuring your feet, you can determine your shoe size. Measuring both feet once a year makes it more likely that you will find a well-fitting pair of shoes when shopping Online. But how do you measure and determine your shoe size at home? It is easy, and you will get a decent result if you do it carefully. OK, here we go...
Step 1: Place a blank paper sheet (paper size A4 or similar) on the floor (you may tape the paper sheet down on the floor.) Sit on a chair (on the edge) and place your foot on the paper sheet, with your leg slightly bent forward. Make sure you have a pencil/marker available.
Step 2: Draw the outline of your foot carefully all the way around. Draw as close to the foot as possible, but make sure not to draw "under" the foot. If you do not manage to do the drawing yourself, ask a good friend for help. This is a fun thing to do together anyway. Do it over again with the other foot (one foot can be larger than the other!)
Step 3: Now you should take two measurements from your drawings (both feet), using a ruler or a measuring tape. Use your preferred units of measure (inches or cm.)
Shoe size, length: measure the length between the back of the heel and the tip of the longest toe (see illustration.) Please note that you should measure between these exact points.
Shoe size, width: measure the length between the widest points of the foot (see photo above).
Step 4: After having measured both feet, use the largest measurements (largest length measurement and largest width measurement) and determine your shoe size directly from our shoe size charts