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Men's Footwear Size Guide

Mens Footwear Size Guide

Spending a decent amount of time picking a pair of men's shoes is important if you want to be able to wear them comfortably on a day to day basis.

If you can, spend some time measuring your feet before you go shoe shopping. Making sure the size is right is the best starting point to getting shoes that will be comfortable and easy to wear.

How To Choose The Right Size Shoes

How To Choose The Right Size Shoes

Measuring your feet at home is a simple enough task, and you’ll only need things that you probably already have laying around the house.

You’ll need a ruler, some paper, a pen or pencil and a chair or somewhere to sit.

  1. What you need to do is sit on the chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor. If you’re going to be wearing specific socks with these shoes, make sure you have them on so you can buy shoes that will accommodate your socks.
  2. You’re going to need to trace around the outline of your foot. Make sure the pencil or pen is upright, if you hold it at an angle you’ll draw under or too far around the foot and you’ll get a measurement that isn’t an accurate reflection of how big your feet are.
  3. Once you’ve done your drawing you’ll need to measure from the end to the longest point of the drawing.
  4. You can also measure the width of your feet from the same drawing, measuring from the two widest points of your foot.
  5. Make sure you do a drawing for each foot as usually they tend to be slightly different sizes.

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conversion tables

Men's Shoe Size Charts: Measurements and Conversion Chart

When buying your shoes, remember that the UK, US and EU all have different sizes, so you will need to convert the shoe size shoes should you be buying shoes from an international retailer.

There are around 5 major size systems in place, Japanese, Chinese, US, UK, and EU.

Women’s sizes don’t necessarily mean the same size in a men’s shoe – a men’s 6 might not fit a women’s’ 6. It’s always best to measure and consult the appropriate size guide to ensure you buy the best fit for you.

It is also important to remember that sizes may vary slightly from place to place – each shoe brand might be slightly different so it’s important to try a new pair of shoes on if you switch brands.

If you did want to try and convert a men’s shoe size to a women’s shoe size, men’s shoes tend to come up a little larger, a man’s 7 would be around a women’s 7.5/8. Men’s shoes are wider than women’s shoes, this is an important consideration as shoes that are too wide rub and slip on the foot.

Below we have provided a standard size chart, although do remember that it is important to check specific brand size guides.

Shoe Size Charts: Measurements & Conversion Chart

UK EU Heel to Toe Length (Inches) Heel to Toe Length (cm) Other Sizes
Selecting a Shoe Size

Selecting a Shoe Size

Selecting a Shoe Size

Should you measure your feet and if you find that your feet measure between sizes, it’s recommended that you buy a size up. This will prevent your shoes being too tight, which would quickly become uncomfortable.

If you are converting your shoe size from UK to an EU size, it is also recommended you buy a bigger size for your fit.

This is somewhat true of different style as well, if you buy a size 12 in a men's brogue, you won’t necessarily need a size 12 in a sports shoe. The materials and shape of the shoe can all affect the way your foot fits inside a shoe meaning you might need a size up to accommodate for a shoe that is too narrow.

Wearing a shoe that is too narrow is more harmful to your foot than wearing shoes that are a little bigger than you need. Tight shoes can cause foot problems such as bunions, callouses, blisters and corns – all painful foot problems that can be avoided by paying the correct attention to your feet and their health. Take a look at our men’s shoe fitting guide for more information about getting the right overall fit.

When it comes to choosing the right men's shoes, also remember that you need to try your shoes on with the same socks you’ll be wearing generally, make sure you try them on the end of the day when your feet have swelled slightly and, if you find a pair you love but they only have a size up – try insoles. They work wonders!

Remembering these helpful tips and ensuring you have measured your feet correctly will help you invest in a pair of comfy shoes that you will enjoy wearing.

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