What Shoe Size Am I?

“What shoe size am I?” may be a more important question than you realise. Although most people take their health seriously our feet are often overlooked, and not many people know that wearing shoes of an incorrect size can cause serious issues in the long run.

The importance of knowing your shoe size

A lot of people consider an ill fitting pair of shoes an annoyance rather than a serious medical problem. 37% of women admit to wearing uncomfortable shoes as long as they’re fashionable, and 4 in 10 women have bought a pair of shoes knowing that they are the wrong size. With the Carrie Bradshaw’s of the world advocating shoe fetishism as a way of life, men and women are now more likely to buy sale shoes in the wrong size, than pay full price for a pair in the correct size.

In reality though, people wearing shoes of the incorrect size is a serious problem. Eighty percent of women alone suffer from foot problems, and the medical problems caused by ill-fitted shoes can range from pains and aches in the back, knees, calves and feet, to scarring caused by blisters. Unfortunately, the list doesn’t stop here: wearing shoes of the wrong size can be the cause of more serious issues like feet ulcerations, permanent deformities such as flat feet, as well as tendon and muscle damage.

Shockingly, the British National Health Service spends more than a billion pounds (approx 1.5 billion US dollars) a year on falling related injuries, all caused by patients wearing the wrong footwear. Falls around the house, broken ankles and conditions such as hammer toe and corns are all caused by people wearing shoes of the wrong size. A number of car accidents are also caused by footwear gone astray, as shoes that are too small can restrict foot movement, while oversized shoes can slip off or get caught under pedals.

For medical reasons alone, everyone needs to know what shoe size they are. To avoid discomfort, injury and even permanent deformity, all you need to do is check. You can do this by paying a visit to a local shoe retailer. Most are happy to help you and will use their equipment to measure you up

Measuring your shoe size

Another option is to take measurements yourself. To measure your shoe size, you’ll need is a piece of paper, a pencil, a ruler or tape-measure, and some sticky tape.

  1. Tape the paper to the floor.
  2. Sit with your foot on the paper and your leg bent, ensuring that your shin is slightly in front of your ankle.
  3. Trace an outline of your foot, Making sure that while you’re doing this, the pen is held directly upright and not tilted towards your foot.
  4. Once you have drawn a snug outline, you can use this to measure the length and width of your foot; you can do this by measuring (in millimetres) along the longest and the widest parts.
  5. Once you have completed this process, it’s time to measure your other foot; everyone has one foot slightly larger than the other and you should always use the biggest foot’s measurements when buying shoes.
  6. Use the measurements to determine your shoe size using the shoe size chart on this website.

Now that you have your measurements it’s time to shop! It’s worth noting that every country has a different way of sizing shoes, so if you’re looking to buy online or even just want to convert your measurements into a shoe size for ease when shopping in the high street, remember to check our shoe size conversion chart.