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Measuring Tips

Shoe Sizing Tools

When it comes to shoe shopping, size is step #1!

Shoe SizerSo, wouldn't it be nice if you had one of those handy metal devices that shoe salespeople use to accurately measure feet? Since most households don't have their own shoe sizer (properly known as a Brannock Device®), we'll give you the next best thing — printable foot measurement tools for women, men and children.

Click on the links below to download these shoe sizers in an Adobe Acrobat, .pdf format. (The women's and men's sizers take up two pages, so make sure to print them both!)

Need Adobe Acrobat? Download it here.

Attention: These shoe measurement tools are general guides to securing your proper shoe size. Because of differences in manufacturing, styling and other variables, fit characteristics and sizes may vary among brands. Shoe sizer designs are based on the Genuine Brannock Device, a registered trademark of The Brannock Device Company, Inc. © 2002.

Measure Them Yourself

You can easily determine your shoe size the old-fashioned way. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Place your foot, naturally stretched, on a piece of paper.
  2. Mark the back of your heel.
  3. Mark the tip of your longest toe.
  4. Measure the distance (in inches) between marks.
  5. Select the appropriate inch-to-shoe size conversion chart below.

Conversion Charts

Once you have your heel-to-toe length in inches, simply match it to its corresponding shoe size.

Women's

Inches 8 8 3/16 8 3/8 8 1/2 8 11/16 8 13/16 9 9 3/16 9 3/8 9 1/2
Shoe Size 3 3 1/2 4 4 1/2 5 5 1/2 6 6 1/2 7 7 1/2

Inches 9 11/16 9 13/16 10 10 3/16 10 3/8 10 1/2 10 11/16 10 13/16 11 11 3/16 11 3/8
Shoe Size 8 8 1/2 9 9 1/2 10 10 1/2 1 11 1/2 12 12 1/2 13 1/2

Men's

Inches 8 11/16 8 13/16 9 9 3/16 9 3/8 9 1/2 9 11/16 9 13/16 10 10 3/16 10 3/8 10 1/2
Shoe Size 4 4 1/2 5 5 1/2 6 6 1/2 7 7 1/2 8 8 1/2 9 9 1/2

Inches 10 11/16 10 13/16 11 11 3/16 11 3/8 11 1/2 11 11/16 11 13/16 12 12 3/16 12 3/8 12 1/2 12 11/16
Shoe Size 10 10 1/2 11 11 1/2 12 12 1/2 13 13 1/2 14 14 1/2 15 15 1/2 16

Little Kids'

Inches 3 9/16 3 3/4 3 7/8 4 1/16 4 1/4 4 3/8 4 9/16 4 3/4 4 7/8
Shoe Size 1 1 1/2 2 2 1/2 3 3 1/2 4 4 1/2 5

Inches 5 1/16 5 1/4 5 3/8 5 9/16 5 3/4 5 7/8 6 1/16 6 1/4 6 3/8 6 9/16
Shoe Size 5 1/2 6 6 1/2 7 7 1/2 8 8 1/2 9 9 1/2 10

Big Kids'

Inches 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 1/16 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 9/16 7 3/4
Shoe Size 10 1/2 11 11 1/2 12 12 1/2 13 13 1/2

Inches 7 7/8 8 1/16 8 1/4 8 3/8 8 9/16 8 3/4 8 7/8 9 1/16 9 1/4 9 3/8
Shoe Size 1 1 1/2 2 2 1/2 3 3 1/2 4 4 1/2 5 5 1/2

General Sizing Hints

You know your shoe size, but that's only the beginning. As you select new footwear, keep in mind these important sizing facts:

Do you remember the last time you measured your feet? You're not alone; only about 25% of consumers do. Measure your feet at least once every year, or ideally every time you buy footwear.

Your feet will continue to grow and change with age. Gravity and a weight increase/decrease may also change your feet.

Did you ever think one foot is bigger than the other? It could be. Select your shoes accordingly, always favoring the larger size.

Remember to have 1/4 to 1/2 inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This allows your foot the extra room it needs to elongate and spread during physical activity, even walking.

Make sure the widest part of your foot fits in the widest part of the shoe without hanging over the outsole.

Consider the type of socks you wear. Their thickness will affect your shoes' fit, and in turn, their comfort. Good insoles will cushion your feet much better than any sock.

Try to alternate your shoes about every other day so they have time to dry out between wearings. This allows the material(s) to fully "recover," heightening their longevity.

Like jeans, shoe sizes can vary among different brands and styles.

Women's feet oftentimes become a 1/2 size larger (or more!) after pregnancy.

Studies show that around 90% of consumers wear their shoes too small. Likewise, loose-fitting shoes can cause blisters, foot instability and jammed toes.

Athletic Shoe Tips

Buy the right shoes for your sport. Different sports require different foot support. The wrong shoes may lead to injury.

Select a shoe with a shape that most resembles the shape of your foot. This will work best for your foot type.

The easiest way to tell if you need new shoes is to look at the soles. If they are worn out or very unevenly worn, you should replace them immediately.

Cross-training shoes should be replaced every 100 hours, roughly once a year if you're wearing them for an hour twice a week.

Running shoes should be replaced every 400-500 miles, or every six months.

If you wear cross trainers for a variety of activities, especially running or vigorous exercise, then replace them twice a year.

Running shoes with polyurethane midsoles are likely to maintain their level of cushioning longer than shoes with EVA midsoles.

Buy shoes after you workout. Your foot can swell after activity, as much as 8%, or a full shoe size. So, it's important to ensure that your new pair will accommodate the volume you need.

Not all athletic shoes are the same. There are various materials, designs and emphases. Select shoes based on your size, foot type and how you use them.

True or False: You must wear the lightest possible shoes. False! Select shoes based on your support and cushioning needs. Once those criteria are met, select the lightest shoe for your foot.

The most expensive shoes aren't always the best!