How To Measure Your Foot Width
How To Measure Your Foot Width
Knowing your foot width is arguably as important as knowing the size. Shoes aren’t just one size fits all. For various reasons, the width of our feet can go up and down during our lifetime, and most quality shoemakers create shoes in several different widths to accommodate this. It might also be the case that you end up sizing up or down slightly depending upon how wide or narrow your foot is. So it’s vital to get the measurement taken correctly. To do that, you need to know how to measure your foot width.
Measuring Your Foot Width Correctly
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to head into your nearest shoe store and let the professionals measure you up with their caliper style old fashioned instrument. It’s actually something that’s super easy to do yourself at home. Once you do know both your exact width and length measurements, you can then easily refer to any on-line size chart to help you determine the correct sized shoes for you. Both the width and length are essential when it comes to deciding your final shoe size.
Our Step By Step Guide To Measuring Your Foot
Measure The Width Of Your Foot
Firstly you’re going to need to measure your foot. The best way of doing that is to grab yourself a regular piece of clean A4 paper (or one that’s big enough to accommodate your foot) and place it on the floor. From a seated position, with your back nice and straight, set one of your feet flat onto the piece of paper. It’s worth pointing out at this stage that if you intend wearing sicks with the shoes you purchase, then you should keep them on for the measuring process, especially if you wear thick woolen socks and are looking to buy a pair of winter boots.
Next up, you’re going to want to grab yourself a pen or pencil and begin to trace the outline of your foot against the paper. Be sure to keep the pen as close to the shape of your foot as possible to ensure the most accurate measurement is gathered. We recommend that for the best results, you get someone else to trace the outline for you while you stay seated in an upright position. However, if there’s no-one around to help, it’s perfectly fine to do the measurement yourself. Just be as accurate as possible.
You’re going to need to repeat stages one and two on your other foot so that you have an accurate measurement for both your left and right foot. It’s not uncommon for feet to differ in size, and while you might not need to go to the extent of buying different sized shoes for each foot, you may need to consider going up half a size. It’s always best to pick out shoes with your larger, not your smaller foot in mind.
Now that you have both pieces of paper grab a ruler or a tape measure and take down a note of the width between what is visibly the widest part of each foot. You may find that the first measurement you take is not entirely accurate, so it’s worth repeating the process, especially if you didn’t have your pencil close enough to your foot. This may have created some slight gapping, so you may find that the measurement is slightly larger than it should be. We recommend that to determine the most accurate width, you take off about 5 millimeters from each measurement to accommodate for this overcompensation when tracing that outline.
Measuring The Length Of Your Foot
To discover the best shoe size you should be wearing, based on your foot width, you will now also need to take the lengthways measurement. To do this, rather than measuring the fullest part of the foot, instead, you need to measure the distance between the longest part of each foot. Again, subtracting around 5 millimeters to try and ensure a more accurate range.
Refer To A Sizing Chart
Now that you have the two measurements, width, and length, refer to a sizing chart to find out what size shoe you should be wearing. A simple internet search should return a shoe size chart that you can refer to for this stage. Please note that the US, UK, and European sizing also differs, so be sure to grab the correct chart and also take note that charts will also likely be based on gender too, so if you are a US male, don’t refer to a UK female foot size chart!
For example, a female foot measuring 22.8 centimeters or 9 inches is a size 5 in the US, a size 2 1/2 in the UK, and a size 35 in Europe. Whereas a male foot measuring the same 22.8 centimeters or 9 inches is a size 3 1/2 in the US, a size 3 in the UK, and a size 35 in Europe! Hence why referring to an official international size conversion chart is so important.
Your width will be based on your shoe size, determined by looking again at a sizing chart.
The most common width sizes are referred to as AA, A, B, C, D, E, EE and EEE, or you may see them described as Super Slim, Slim, Narrow, Medium, Wide and Extra Wide.
Note that many manufacturers run their sizing slightly differently, so while size charts are a great starting point and should eliminate a lot of the guesswork, there’s no substitute for physically trying on a pair of shoes and walking around in them to see how they feel. You’ll quickly know if they’re pinching and causing any uncomfortable pressure points.
Finally, Measure At The End Of The Day
To ensure accuracy, it’s best to measure your feet towards the end of the day. The size of our feet can fluctuate throughout the day, with feet tending to be largest at night because of swelling. So if you are buying a new pair of shoes that you’ll be wearing all day long, be sure to follow our top tips to measuring your feet last thing at night, rather than earlier in the day.