Shoe sizing can be tricky at times, but Men’s Flair is here to help. Follow our shoe sizing guide for comfortable shoes to take you anywhere, whether that’s the office, the beach, or the corner store!
How to Measure Your Foot at Home
You can measure your feet easily on your own. If you simply don’t have the time to hit the shops or you want to avoid the crowds, then use this easy technique to measure your feet. Your need a piece of paper, taped to the floor, and a pen.
• Place a sock clad foot firmly on the paper, bending your leg slightly.
• Using the pen at an upright angle, run the pencil around your foot while keeping always keeping in contact with your foot. Be sure not to slant the pen at an angle while tracing your foot! You won’t get the correct width or size.
• Use your ruler and pencil to draw lines connecting the outermost points of your foot at the top, bottom, and sides.
• Now measure with your ruler from the top to the bottom, and record the measurement without rounding up or down too widely. This is the length of your foot.
To get the width of your foot, measure the line from one side of your tracing to the other, rounding your mark as accurately as you can. Once you’ve got these measurements, it’s easy to find your size—just check these easy charts!
Men’s International Shoe Sizes
|US & Canada||U.K. & Australia||Europe||China||Mexico||Japan||Inches||Centimeters|
Men’s Shoe Width Chart
|Men’s Shoe Size (U.S.)||C (Narrow)||D (Medium/Standard)||E (Wide)|
Shoe Sizing Mysteries Unraveled
Shopping for in foreign sizes can be pretty confusing. Be sure to check Mensflair’s chart for size conversions, and always try on shoes before buying if you can. An Italian leather boot will fit your foot quite differently than a running sneaker, and every brand can be slightly different. In addition, the material your shoe is made from can have a significant effect on the fit.
If regular sized shoes feel tight and seem to squeeze your feet uncomfortably, you may need wide shoes. When you are choosing your shoes, keep in mind that the more letters you see in the width, the wider the shoe will be. A shoe measuring 4E (EEEE) is larger than a shoe measuring 3E (EEE), and so forth. When in doubt, don’t forget to ask a professional.
For narrow shoes, the more letters that are used, the narrower the shoe. 3A (AAA) is narrower than 2A (AA).
How to Choose the Right Fit
While you may know your size of shoe and the width of your feet, it’s recommended that you really focus on the comfort of your shoe and how it fits your feet. Even if your shoe is an incredible deal or very high quality, if it’s uncomfortable, you simply won’t look or feel good. Here’s a checklist to use when you’re trying out a new pair of shoes:
• Wear socks that you normally wear with the type of shoe you’re trying on.
• Always get both feet measured! They can vary in both size and width, and it’s recommended that you stand up while you are getting these measurements completed.
• Walk around. You need to make sure that your shoes feel right on your feet, and you’ll know almost immediately if they are comfortable for you.
• Wiggle your toes! It may sound silly, but if you want to know how your feet really feel in the shoes, you should have around a half inch or 1.27 centimeters from the tip of your toe to the end of the shoe.
• Check whether or not you can see the outline of your toes through the shoe. If you can, you may need a larger size. Try one, and if it’s still not completely comfortable, try a wider shoe.