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The UK shoe sizing system has developed with an Anglo-Saxon unit of length, the barleycorn, serving as the point of reference.

Historically, the barleycorn was the actual length of a barleycorn. More recently, the barleycorn has been standardised as 8.5mm and has still been used as a unit in the shoe sizing system. For example, notice that size 3.5 is one barleycorn longer than size 3 etc.
 
In UK, women shoe sizes range from 3 (rarely 2) to 9.5 while typical men shoe sizes are 6 (rarely 5.5) – 11.5.

Below you will find the estimated sole length and the corresponding shoe size:

 

UK women shoe sizesSole length in inchesSole length in centimeters
3 8.5 21.6
3.5 8.75 22.1
4 8.875 22.5
4.5 9.0625 23
5 9.25 23.5
5.5 9.375 23.8
6 9.5 24.1
6.5 9.6875 24.6
7 9.875 25.1
7.5 10.0 25.4
8 10.1875 25.9
8.5 10.3125 26.2
9 10.5 26.7
9.5 10.6875 27.1

 

UK men shoe sizesSole length in inchesSole length in centimeters
6 9.5 24.1
6.5 9.625 24.4
7 9.75 24.8
7.5 9.9375 25.4
8 10.125 25.7
8.5 10.25 26.0
9 10.4375 26.7
9.5 10.5625 27.0
10 10.75 27.3
10.5 10.9375 27.9
11 11.125 28.3
11.5 11.25 28.6

 

Did you know?

The barleycorn can be further broken down into the poppyseeds. 1 barleycorn is equal to 4 poppyseeds.

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Top Discussions

~ hennas 2023-01-19 10:34:23

i though highland in scotland may have made the list tbh

~ pcp 2021-07-23 05:33:13

Technically Scotland doesn't count because they abolished the use of counties, hence why Inverness shire is not on the list.

~ dcd 2021-07-04 17:15:54

What happened to Invernessshire? at 10,907 km2 it is the biggest. Argyllshire would be up there too. 8,055 km2. This seems...