Shoe Size by Country 2023
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Most Popular International Shoe Size Systems
Shoe size by country varies internationally because many countries differ in their sizing charts for both men and women. The most common shoe size systems in the world are located in the United States and Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, China, and Japan. As these are the most famous shoe size charts, you can get a good idea of your shoe size anywhere by knowing how your shoe size matches up to the shoe size by country in the most popular international shoe sizes.
The shoe size system in Great Britain is very similar to the shoe size system in the United States and Canada, who have the same shoe sizes. In Great Britain, shoe sizes will be higher than the American and Canadian shoe sizes by one number. In Europe, the system is not as standardized, but you still can locate the right shoe size by country.
Measuring Feet for International Shoes
When you are shopping for international shoes, measure your feet first. Do this by putting your feet on a flat ground and tracing your foot with a pencil. You want to keep the pencil or pen that you are doing that with as perpendicular as possible. Use a ruler to measure from the end of your heel to the end of your longest toe. Be sure that you are measuring both feet to get an accurate measurement of both sides.
That is your shoe size in inches using the American or Canadian system.
It is important to remember that these are just shoe sizes in inches. Every foot will still be different, and you need to take into account your own individual shoe needs. Among those are narrow shoe sizes, half shoe sizes, wide, extra wide. You may even see a medium width.
Narrow sizes are often denoted with an AA, average with a B, wide with a C or D beside them, and E with an extra wide. Medium sizes may have the initial M after them.
International Women’s Shoe Size Conversion Charts:
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Shoe Size by Country 2023
Shoe Size by Country 2023
Why shoe sizes as a mess
A couple of recent shoe experiences have really brought home to me, again, how frustrating the issue of shoe sizes is. I’ve previously posted about this in regards to clothing, this time it’s about the footwear.
Looking at it with an analytical eye, how hard can it be? In it’s basic form the average human foot has a single measurement of note, it’s length. This can be measured in metric or imperial measurements, and that is basically it. Now, I know theres someone already sitting there, hand raised, wanting to argue the point that we need to consider the width of the foot as well. Of course, we could, but very rarely do the makers of shoes consider this. How often do you get asked which width you need, or get offered a selection of widths? Almost never, because the makers make a standard one-width to fit all, or at least to fit most, and leave it at that.
So, we agree that the length of the foot is the measurement that will decide which shoe will fit us, and that should pretty much wrap up this post. Hell no, not in 2014, at the pinnacle of human evolution! No wonder we can’t solve global warming or come up with an alternative to dino-oil, we’re still stuck trying to reach an agreement on how to match shoes to our feet!
If I’m asked “what size shoes do you take?” my first instinct is to reply “In metric or imperial, in UK or US, or even Japanese measurements?”. Which is the question that has to be asked, as we have at least 4 different scales we can measure define our feet by. I’m usually a 42.5, a UK8, a US9 and a 26.5. Which makes absolutely no sense at all. Why would UK and US sizes be different? Because everything is larger “over there”? Or because the world is insane?
And where do all these arbitrary numbers originate from? Are my feet 8 somethings long? No, the UK and US shoe sizes are even more bizarre than that. The unit they measure in is called “barleycorns” (kids, I’m not making this up, reality was better than the funny name I thought up!) and a foots length is not measured as a certain number of barleycorns, which would make sense. No, the point zero is a size 12 shoe, which is defined as 12″ long, and from there the sizes work backwards in either full or half barleycorns, each of which are 1/3″ in length. So for a size 8, my foot might be 12″ minus 4 times 1/3″, which is 10 2/3″, which works out to 27cm, which isn’t that far off the 26.5cm I measure my foot to be.
Though the question is still out there of why the US size is one larger than the UK… The reason for that is that they start counting at 1, not zero, in a similar way to how the floors of a building are numbered.
Oh, while not wishing to muddy the water further, I’ll not mention that this only goes for mens sizes, it’s different for women and kids.
So how do the European metric sizes work?
Well, again we have an oddly named and oddly sized unit of measurement. This time it’s a “Paris point” and comes in at 2/3 a centimetre. The shoe size is then the length of the last in Paris points. This does provide us an easy conversion from plain centimetres to shoe size, by multiplying the length of your foot by 1.5. This means my 26.5cm foot is a size 40, which would be a rough deal for a foot that is normally at least a 42! Then again, this would be a shoe fitting in the French way, where the toe is right up against the end. A more usual fitting would be adding in a centimetre of “air”, which would bring the size up to 41.5.
At this point you may be close to giving up on trying to follow this. Why must it be so complicated? Why can’t some innovative and clever people come up with a sane and understandable solution? Well, they have. From the land of the rising sun we have the Japanese system of shoe sizes and it works pretty much like this:
“How long is your foot?”, “26.5cm”, “Excellent, sir, you’ll be wanting a size 26.5 then”
Problem solved, everyone can understand it, it makes perfect logical sense and it will be no problem at all to efficiently match foot to shoe and conclude business. Then we can fix global warming, right?
No, of course not, it’s never that easy.
Even though we have managed to get an exact measure for our feet (or to be more precise, our longest foot, as human feet are frequently not of identical length and shoe makers won’t let you buy two different sizes), the factories aren’t precise enough to actually produce shoes that have a scientifically accurate size.
Oh no, like for clothing, shoe sizes are ripe with voodoo and folklore. Consider the traditional British maker of Gentlemans shoes that is known to be about a size too large according to the stated size. Why? Apparently their lasts are from bygone times when men wore thick wool socks inside their shoes, so the sizes have accommodated the need for this.
Take the example of the Red Wing 877 boots I picked up recently. I almost passed them by as they are stamped as a size 7. Doffing my Sherlock guise I deduct that since they are made in the US, this means they are a US7, which translates to a UK6. Now I know I’m a UK8, so this will be far too small for me, yet a quick trial shows I can stuff my feet in. 2 sizes too small and yet I can, albeit a little painfully, insert my feet into them?
Looking at Red Wings size guide shows that US7 is Japanese 25, so they are 1.5cm shorter than my feet. Now I imagine squeezing my feet shorter by this amount (if you’re not quite following this, that’s a little over 1/2″, ok?) would be pretty painful. Makes me think that the old Chinese tradition of binding the feet of small girls has been adopted by workboot-wearing hipsters trying to break in the perfectly fitting leather boots.
And then it hits me… Urban lore says that when it comes to Red Wings, they size large, so you need to buy a size smaller than you usually take. Yes, you make make contact between your face and palm now, repeatedly. Why not just make your shoes to the right and proper size so people have some hope in hell of finding the right size footwear?
For anyone of an analytical or engineering mind this is just depressing and unnecessary. Perhaps in the dark ages it might have been acceptable, but if we can send space craft to Mars, it’s hardly too much to ask that we get the small matter of footwear well and truly sorted. I demand that action is taken to correct it!
A final addition:
As a small addition, I have calculated my own table of size conversions. UK to US is easy, but going from UK to Euro is not a sensible. According to where you look it up, there is a number added to the calculated European values, to make up for how much space you want for your toes. Some say 1cm, some say 1,5cm. So this needs to be added to the sizes, and this makes a total mockery of what was already a mess. Oh well.
How to choose the right size of running shoes: 10 main rules
Most of the articles on running shoes feature experts discussing the pros and cons of different models, breaking down new shoe technologies, comparing the cushioning and resiliency of midsole foams, and a host of other important details.
However, the basic principles of choosing running shoes remain outside the brackets. One of the most important principles is the ability to choose the right size.
It would seem that everything is simple here. If you ask, each of us will immediately answer what shoe size he has. But in fact, it turns out that due to the difference in classifications and lines, as well as the characteristics of manufacturing brands, there are many nuances here, the knowledge of which directly affects both the sports result and simply the comfort of using sneakers.
In this article, we will talk about how to choose the right size of running shoes so that training and competition bring only pleasure and joy, and not crumpled fingers, broken nails and calluses. In addition, shoes that are the wrong size tend to wear out faster due to the increased stress on the upper. So even from a purely economic point of view, it is worth paying attention to this aspect of the selection of equipment.
Properly sized running shoes are one of the cornerstones of injury-free and comfortable running at any age.
What are the sizes of shoes
Before moving on to the question of choosing the right size of sneakers, you need to decide what the size of shoes is and what they are.
There are three most common numbering systems in our country: metric, standard and inch.
1. Metric shoe numbering system
At first glance, everything is extremely simple: the size is the length in centimeters or millimeters. The difficulty lies in understanding what the length of which should be measured. In the Russian shoe tradition, this refers to the length of the human foot itself, that is, the distance from the heel to the front protruding toe. In Europe, the length of the insole.
In the description of sneakers on the site and on the boxes with shoes, in most cases, it is the European system that is meant, that is, the length of the insole. It is designated as such: either by a number indicating the measurement value, for example, 28 cm or 280 mm, or by the abbreviation JP or JPN (Japan, where such a system is common) and the same number after.
Since the vast majority of running shoes are taken with a margin, then if, for example, your foot length is 27.5 cm, then sneakers should be taken with the marking «cm» or «JP» from 28 and above, so that the necessary allowance remains unless the manufacturer says otherwise. The interval between adjacent dimensions is 0.5 cm or 5 mm.
2. Stitch-mass numbering system for shoes
In this system, the unit of measure for the length of the insole is a shich — an old French measure of length equal to a quarter of a local inch, which is 6. 67 mm.
Accordingly, the shtihmass system includes both the Russian and then Russian shoe size, familiar to everyone who lived in the USSR, and the European one that came during perestroika.
But the stihmass sizes do not match, because, again, in Europe, in most cases, the length of the insole is taken as the basis for calculations, and in Russia — the length of the foot. Therefore, the European size is larger than the Russian one on average by one unit, that is, for example, the 43rd Russian will be the 44th European. The European size is marked with the abbreviation EU.
In the shoe industry of Russia, according to GOST “11373-88 Footwear. Sizes ”, the metric system for measuring shoes is formally used, however, most manufacturers and buyers are guided by the shtichmass one.
3. Inch Shoe Numbering System
In the United Kingdom and the United States, shoe sizes are given in inches. It would seem that everything is simple here, but there is a catch: the old English inch is larger than overseas, so the sizes marked, respectively, UK and US, also do not match. For example, 10 UK corresponds to 10.5 US.
In the American inch system, male and female numbers are also different, so US 10 for women is 26.5 cm and US 10 for men is 28.
We deliberately do not provide any size comparison charts because in many cases they do not match.
Each manufacturer has their own ideas about the size range, internal volume and the amount of functional allowance in the front of their shoes. Sneakers with the same size indicated on the box can actually differ significantly from different brands, which in the case of sports shoes can result in blisters, injuries and many other troubles.
Moreover, it happens that different models of the same company sit on the leg in their own way.
Experienced runners usually know their size from different manufacturers after trying many running shoes. And what about the beginners who come to the store to buy their first pair?
We recommend first of all to measure the length of your feet and follow the rule: this value plus 0. 5-1 cm.
How to measure the length of the foot
the whole thing. Measurements can be carried out both independently and contact professionals. In any case, it is better to do this in the evening, when the feet, as a rule, increase in volume a little.
Foot measurement at home
The technique here is very simple. All you need is a pencil, paper and a ruler.
- Place your foot on the sheet with your heel touching the wall.
- Mark where the longest finger ends.
- Measure the distance from this mark to the wall.
- Do the same with the second leg.
You may need to ask another person for help. The resulting value will be the length of your foot. If this reveals a significant difference between the right and left legs, then you need to focus on a larger number, that is, on the longest foot.
We would like to remind you that most of the manufacturers indicate in the characteristics of their products not the length of the foot, but the length of the insole. Accordingly, if your foot length is 27.5 cm, then sneakers should be chosen with an insole length value of 28 cm or more. This ensures the necessary clearance between the fingers and the front wall of the shoe.
If, as a result of measurements, you get a number that is not a multiple of half a centimeter, for example, not 27.5, but 27.3 cm, then it should be rounded up. In other words, even if you measured 27.3 cm, then you need to look at sneakers with an insole length of 28 cm or more.
You can read the length of the insole of the sneaker on the website of the store or the manufacturer, or in the product description card, or in the summary table of sizes. Also, this information is indicated on the shoe box, most often next to the traditional US, UK and EU sizes, like the Japanese version or JPN. Sometimes this data is also written on the tag inside the sneaker.
Measurement of the foot with special devices and devices
The simplest device for measuring the parameters of the feet is the Brannock Device. American Charles Brannock invented it back in the twenties of the last century. With it, you can accurately measure the length, width and parameters of the arch of the human foot.
The device is a special plate with measuring scales. You first place one foot in the appropriate heel cup, adjust the sliders for length and width, take measurements, and then rotate the plate 180 degrees and do the same with the second foot.
The Brannock instrument is as simple as possible, but at the same time very accurate and functional. There are similar devices in every reputable shoe and sports store, so you can always ask a consultant to measure your foot length. You can also carry out this procedure in socks. In this case, you should only slightly reduce the size margin.
In addition to this mechanical device, there are others. They are usually produced by companies that produce anatomical and thermoformed insoles. In addition to the length and width, these devices clearly show the height of the arch of the foot by the print.
There are also modern computerized versions, which are a platform with a special built-in camera that, together with software, measures and studies your feet.
Here, among other things, it is possible to obtain information about the zones of static and dynamic pressure of the feet, their movement, width. The program can provide an analysis of the state of the front and heel parts, suggest options for correcting deviations.
Rules for choosing the size of running shoes
1. Take shoes with a margin
All running shoes, except for sprint spikes, are chosen with a margin. The value varies depending on the length of the distance and the individual characteristics of the runner. On average, it ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 cm, or, in other words, from half to one and a half sizes.
For short and fast runs, shoes are taken with a small margin, for ultramarathons, respectively, more. By margin, we mean the distance from the edge of the longest toe (it can be either the thumb or index finger) to the front wall of the shoe.
Separately, I would like to note this item for beginner runners and especially runners. Stock in running shoes is extremely important. No need to compare your usual urban sneakers, shoes or boots with sports models.
Yes, there will be more running shoes. Yes, the leg will seem more voluminous and massive. Yes, you will not look like Cinderella in glass shoes. And yes, it will save nails and fingers from many troubles and problems. Proven by more than one generation of runners.
2. When trying on, take with you the socks in which you constantly run
Sports socks often differ in thickness and knitting structure from regular socks. As a rule, in the lower plantar part, the area of \u200b\u200bthe fingers and the Achilles tendon, such socks are denser. There are also special models with increased cushioning, in English they are called padded socks. In the front and back of these socks there is a special padding in the form of many small loops that form a single soft «cushion» between the foot and the sole of the shoe.
It is clear that running shoes in such socks should be chosen with an additional small margin. The same applies to membrane and dense winter socks. But even in simple, thin sports socks, the foot can feel different than in everyday urban ones, so be sure to take your «combat» pair to try on.
3. Come to the fitting in the afternoon
In the late afternoon, the vast majority of people, especially women, have a little swelling of their feet, and it is better to try on shoes already on them.
Experienced runners are aware of the peculiarities of their body, how prone it is to edema and flattening of the arch of the foot under load, and in principle can ignore this rule. If you have just started running and still do not know how your legs will behave when running, especially for a long run, then we recommend that you come to the store in the evening.
4. Putting on a new pair of shoes, focus on how you feel. In the front part there should be a margin of half a centimeter or more, depending on the running tasks.
At the same time, the shoes should not hang on the leg, the heel should sit as tightly as possible, otherwise the sneaker will either rub or simply wear out faster in this area.
It happens that the shoes are correctly chosen in length, but they have a low top with a small internal volume, and it turns out that the toes rest against it. This is fraught with discomfort when wearing and premature wear of shoes.
Sometimes it happens that individual patches or design elements, as well as seams, are located in the wrong places and cause discomfort.
5. Move around in running shoes
Most major sporting goods stores have treadmills. Ask the consultants to turn them on and take a short run for at least a few minutes in new shoes. Of course, it is unlikely that you will receive complete information about the sneaker in such a short time, but it is quite possible to determine whether this model fits you in general and whether the size is chosen correctly.
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If the store does not have a treadmill, then run short stretches on the sales floor, do a couple of special running exercises, jump and move in them.
Even a novice runner is quite capable of understanding whether a pair of shoes is comfortable to try on and whether the size is right. An experienced amateur who consciously chooses sneakers for himself, as a rule, for a specific task, can determine quite accurately in such a short run whether they suit him or not.
6. If you have wide feet, take a slightly larger shoe
It is normal and justified as long as the shoes match in all other respects. The main thing is that the shoes do not dangle on the leg, but tightly cover the foot in the middle and heel parts.
Some manufacturers produce special versions of their models with a wide last. In this case, for example, American brands add the letter «C» or «E» after the numerical designation of the size, and it looks like this: 9.5C US. The letter «B» in a similar position means the last is medium in fullness, and the options «A» and «AA» are narrow and very narrow.
Sometimes a manufacturer labels wide last models with «Wide» or «Wide fit» in the name.
Some brands make a significant part or even most of their models with a wide last, as it is believed that most residents of central and northern Europe, as well as the United States, have this particular foot shape. These brands include the Japanese Mizuno and many Hoka One One models.
In addition, soft shock-absorbing models of sneakers designed for amateur slow long running, as a rule, are made by all manufacturers with a voluminous last. So if you’re looking for the right pair for your wide feet, look no further than the top volumes from any running brand.
7. If you are a girl with a large foot size, then you can also look at men’s models. . It is best to focus on the length of the insole of the sneaker in centimeters. This parameter must be specified by the manufacturer.
The men’s version of the shoe also features a wider last and generally a lower instep.
8. If you wear orthopedic or anatomical insoles, be sure to try them on. This must be kept in mind when choosing shoes.
9. For long distances, take shoes with a significant margin in the forefoot, for short — with a little
When running for a long time, especially in hot weather, the vast majority of people’s feet swell, and the arch of the foot also flattens a little. For this, you need a margin of size. Also, when running downhill, say going down a mountain or hill, the feet will inevitably slip forward a little, and if there is not proper allowance, then all this can result in damage to the nails and painful injuries.
Also, when choosing shoes for marathons and ultradistances, you should pay attention to sufficient internal volume, that is, space on the top and sides, as well as the overall width of the last.
Shoes for fast short runs usually come with a slight allowance. Then the snug fit eliminates wobble, guarantees excellent power transmission and gives a better surface feel. 10. Trust the experts brands, and this, even if we take only leading companies, is more than a hundred models.
Listen to their opinion, compare it with your own feelings about shoes — this will help you make the right choice.
And even if you are a long-time runner and your sports experience is much more extensive than that of a salesperson in a store, then, most likely, he understands the lines of sneakers, the intricacies of their design and features better than you and can give good advice.
What happens if you choose the wrong size sneakers
When running, especially for long and difficult terrain, with a large elevation change and overcoming water obstacles, the athlete’s body experiences a tremendous load. Even with the best running shoes, there is a significant chance of blisters and scuffs.
The condition of the feet of one of the participants in the Alpine race UTMB
If the size of the shoes was determined incorrectly, then the chance of injuring your feet, fingers and nails increases significantly.
In the best case scenario, you will simply not be able to use such a pair of sneakers and waste your money.
How to choose the size of sneakers online
If you clearly know your foot size in the metric system, then choosing running shoes on the Internet will not be a big problem. It is enough to use the standard tips that we wrote about above. Particular attention should be paid to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
So, for example, the adidas 4DFWD model, the company advises taking half a size smaller than usual for other Adidas shoes. This is due to the special, tight-fitting and stretchy upper.
In complex cases, it is better to order a pair of adjacent sizes in order to determine the most suitable one during the fitting. For novice runners, as well as when switching to a new brand of sneakers in which you have never trained, it is still optimal to come to an offline store and deal with the size and other characteristics of the shoes on the spot.
In order for training and running starts to bring you only joy and increase your self-confidence, it is very important that all equipment, clothes and shoes are chosen correctly.
We hope that after reading our article you will finally understand the numbering systems, and in the future, on your own or with the help of a specialist, accurately set the parameters of your feet and use the tips for choosing sneakers.
Read more: How to choose the right running shoes: 6 main criteria
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Dimensions and width of shoes
We select your shoe size in the online store.
There are several billion pairs of legs on the planet earth, and they all have very different parameters, not only between people, there are also differences in different legs of one person. In turn, each shoe manufacturer has its own pads. When purchasing shoes in an online store, in case you cannot decide on a suitable shoe size or think that your foot is wider, we have tried to provide some tips for you.
In the modern world, there are five types of classification of shoe sizes. In the CIS countries, the shoe size is assigned a number based on the length of the foot in millimeters, the decorative delights of shoe lasts are not taken into account, the warm toe factor and other influencing factors are also not taken into account. Your foot length is measured from the back of your foot to the tip of your very last toe.
In France, of course, they adhere to the French classification, namely, the length of the insole is considered to be the size of the shoe. The unit of measurement is a stroke equal to two-thirds of a centimeter. The length of the insole will always be longer than the length of the foot, because there is a decorative allowance. The allowance itself is from zero to fifteen millimeters, which, when converted from one numbering system to another, introduces confusion, which is why it is customary to equal it to 10 mm.
In the English kingdom — inch English system, where always one inch is equal to two and a half centimeters and four millimeters. The zero size lags behind the heel rounding of the insole by four inches, that is, by 10.16 cm. Numbering through one third of an inch from zero to number thirteen, and then again from one to thirteen.
The US classification for shoe sizes is similar to the English one, but closer to zero by 1/12 inch (2.1 mm).
There is also a US classification for women, which is more directed towards the beginning of the measurement in a smaller direction and also numbered from one to thirteen, but exclusively for large numbers.
How to determine your shoe size.
The size system in Russia, in comparison with others, has a number of advantageous differences: first, it was developed in accordance with the international standard ISO 3355-77, second, it is metric. Using this system, it is very easy to determine the number of shoes, and no additional corrections for the shape of the last are needed. Set both legs, preferably in socks, tights or stockings, on paper and outline with a pencil. Measure the length with a ruler — from the tip of the heel to the tip of the thumb. You can measure both legs as they can be of different lengths, and if your legs are different, choose the largest measurement.
Completeness of footwear.
The most important size factor if you want to buy shoes in an online store is the fullness, which determines the comfort of shoes for a particular foot. Men’s and women’s shoes produced in accordance with GOST 3927-88 correspond to 12 half-fullness. Shoe factories most often concentrate on the production of shoes of a certain width — narrow, (model), medium (most common) or wide.
A person with a wide foot and full legs often has to purchase shoes that do not correspond to their size. This is due to the fact that there are certain standards for building shoes in accordance with the size. The larger the size, the higher the fullness. This is why people with large feet sometimes have to buy those shoes that are 1 or 2 sizes larger. This approach to buying shoes is not entirely justified. The result of this approach is often calluses, and in the worst case, bumps on the legs. For shoes, this is fraught with the loss of its presentation when worn out. The shoes you choose correctly in the online store should be put on and taken off without any effort, simply. Before buying shoes that are too big for you, ask the seller of the online shoe store to choose shoes for you that match your fullness. Since our store has a free delivery and fitting service in St. Petersburg, you can make sure that the shoes fit you.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DIMENSIONS ARE APPROXIMATE AND DIFFER IN EACH PARTICULAR MODEL (SHOT). CREATED JUST FOR INTRODUCTION.