How to Take Shoe Measurements

This is the simplest and quickest way for determining your foot measurements at home using only a few objects.

How to Take a Shoe Measurement at Home


Shoe Measurement



When the foot is at its largest form in the evening, take measurements.
Wear bare feet or socks that you want to wear with the new shoes.
Place your feet on a firm surface.


Shoe Measurement at Home



Ask a buddy to assist you

stand straight with your weight evenly distributed on both legs.

Trace both feet because one is likely to be longer than the other.


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calculate the distance between the two most visible locations (from back of the heel to the end of the longest toe)
Make a note of the figures you receive by measuring the longer foot.


Consider the breadth of your feet

If the shoe length is correct but you are frequently dissatisfied with the fit of shoes in your usual size (requiring more room or a more snug fit), you may want an alternative width.

Because companies do not give reference tables for this dimension, shoe width is much more complex than shoe size (length). The letter signals "B," "D," "2E," and so on can only give you a basic sense of a shoe's width:



4A (AAAA)Extra Narrow-
2A (AA)NarrowExtra Narrow
2E (EE)Extra WideWide
4E (EEEE)XX-WideExtra Wide


Because there is no common standard, determining the proper width without trying on the shoe is virtually difficult. However, the rule of thumb is that there is around an 18 inch (3.18 mm) variation between widths.

The good news is that manufacturers such as Skechers, New Balance, Saucony, and Brooks frequently offer shoes in several width selections.


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How to Tell if You're a Good Fit

Running shoes, gym trainers, sneakers, and the majority of other forms of footwear should have the following features:

When you flex your foot, walk, or sprint, your heel should be locked in and not slip out.
Midfoot: snug but not too tight; no pinching should occur.
Toebox: there is a thumb's breadth gap between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, and the toes have enough room to splay sideways without feeling pressed.

Track spikes, cycling shoes, and climbing footwear, for example, will have different fit criteria since they demand a snug, second-skin-like fit.

Straight out of the box, a shoe should feel right and comfy.

Don't expect a break-in period to dramatically improve the fit.

Some problems, such as heel slippage, pain caused by high arches, or a proclivity for foot swelling, can be alleviated with a personalized lacing technique.

Every year, take your foot measurements

And just before going shopping for new sneakers.

Life, like our bodies and feet, is dynamic. A variety of variables can have an influence on your foot size over time, including:

Significantly increased or decreased physical activity development of foot problems such as bunions, arthritis, edema, hammertoes pregnancy weight gain

It might be difficult to admit that you need to go up a size, but a well-fitting shoe is essential for your comfort and health.


The length of the insole does not determine shoe size

In our lab, we tested the insole length of over 20 different running shoes, all in men's US size 9.

The measurement range is 271 to 287 mm (16 mm difference!). We discovered that the insole might be longer or shorter depending on the form of the shoe's toebox.

If you don't have time to measure your feet, refer to the CM/CHN/JP/Mondo measurement given on the shoe that fits you best.


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