How to measure foot, shoe, insole size?

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WHO recommends that we should take 10,000 steps each day to maintain good health and fitness. That seems like a great number, doesn’t it? Our feet carry a great burden as we go out and about our everyday business. The least we can do for them is buy a pair of well-fitted shoes.

How to find the perfect fit? The easiest way is to see what size the most comfortable pair of shoes that you already own is. That should give you an idea about your estimated shoe size. Then you can try on a few pairs of shoes around this size at the store.

However, this is not always possible in the age of online shopping or when buying shoes for toddlers, who are not always willing to cooperate and try the shoes on. Needless to say, sometimes you just need to rely on size tables, a piece of paper, a pen and a ruler.

What to do?

If you want to measure your foot length, place your bare foot on a sheet of paper and draw the contours carefully with a pen. When you are finished, mark the following points: the tip of your big toe and the center of your heel. Then draw a diagonal line across these points. Measure the line: that’s your foot length. If you need to determine the width too, find the widest part of your foot, which should be a horizontal line just below the base of your toes and wrap a tape-measure around it.

Now that you have taken your measurements, have look at the table below to determine your sole size:

UK women shoe sizes

Sole length in cm

3

21.6

3.5

22.1

4

22.5

4.5

23

5

23.5

5.5

23.8

6

24.1

6.5

24.6

7

25.1

7.5

25.4

8

25.9

8.5

26.2

9

26.7

9.5

27.1

 

UK men shoe sizes

Sole length in cm

6

24.1

6.5

24.4

7

24.8

7.5

25.4

8

25.7

8.5

26.0

9

26.7

9.5

27.0

10

27.3

10.5

27.9

11

28.3

11.5

 

28.6

 

UK baby to child shoes

Sole length in cm

1

9.3

1.5

9.7

2

10.2

2.5

10.6

3

11

3.5

11.4

4

11.9

4.5

12.3

5

12.7

5.5

13.1

6

13.5

6.5

14

7

14.4

7.5

14.8

8

15.2

8.5

15.7

9

16.1

9.5

16.5

10

16.9

10.5

17.4

11

17.8

 

Did you know?

If you happen to be somewhere between sizes, go for the bigger shoes. Remember that the insole needs to be a few millimeters longer than your actual foot length, especially if you are planning to buy pointy or heavily lined winter shoes. Such shoe designs usually take up some of the space inside.

Have you chosen the right size the last time you bought a pair of shoes online?

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