Online Shoe Store Shoe Fitting Guide with Sizing Charts

Selecting the Right Size When Shopping for Online Shoes

In the United States most people think they know their U.S. shoe size (if you haven't done so please read our tips on how to measure your feet because shoe size can change over time), but many people are still puzzled by the European shoe sizing system. HealthyFeetStore.com carries several brands that use the European shoe sizing system including Naot, Finn Comfort, Sanita, Spring Step, and PG Lite Alegria. Traditionally European sizing system shoes only come in medium widths, but recently some European shoe companies have taken up the quest for the perfect fit and have started making shoes in wide and extra wide widths. Currently Kumfs is the only European sizing shoe carried by HealthyFeetStore.com that comes in multiple widths.

Women's Size Conversion
US Inches Euro
4 8 316" 35
4.5 8 38" 35
5 8 12" 36
5.5 8 34" 36
6 8 78" 37
6.5 9 116" 37
7 9 14" 38
7.5 9 38" 39
8 9 12" 39
8.5 9 1116" 40
9 9 78" 40
9.5 10" 41
10 10 316" 41/42
10.5 10 516" 42
11 10 12" 43
11.5 10 1116" 43
12 10 78" 44
Men's Size Conversion
US Size Inches Euro
6 9 14" 39
6.5 9 12" 39
7 9 58" 40
7.5 9 34" 40
8 9 1516" 41
8.5 10 18" 41/42
9 10 14" 42
9.5 10 716" 43
10 10 916" 43/44
10.5 10 34" 44
11 10 1516" 44
11.5 11 18" 45
12 11 14" 46
13 11 916 47
14 11 78" 48
15 12 316" 49
16 12 12" 50

The U.S. Shoe Sizing System - What You Should Know

Most Americans are pretty familiar with the U.S. shoe sizing system, but just in case here's an overview. Most U.S. adult shoe sizes range from 4 to 12 in U.S. women's sizes and 6 to 16 in U.S. men's sizes, though there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, Apis shoes, come in larger sizes, and Pedors shoes come in smaller sizes. Typically men's sizes fit more generously than women's sizes which tend to run somewhat more narrow. The U.S. children and youth shoe sizing system is distinct from the U.S. adult shoe sizing system. One of the criteria for a given shoe to be federally recognized as a medical shoe (also called a diabetic shoe), is that the shoe come in multiple widths. This may be why U.S. sizing system shoes are much more likely to come in narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide widths than European sizing system shoes are.

The European Shoe Sizing System - What You Should Know

For European shoe sizes there aren't separate sizing systems for adults and children. Instead there is a range of sizes where at one end of the spectrum you'll find small shoe sizes that are usually worn only by children and at the other end of the spectrum you'll find large shoe sizes that are usually worn only by men. This brings up another point about the European shoe sizing system. Unlike the U.S. shoe sizing system, the European shoe sizing system is pretty much unisex. A woman who wears a size 42 would probably be as comfortable in a men's shoe as a women's shoe in terms of how the shoe fits. Only masculine or feminine fashion details on the shoe's upper would reveal the shoe's true gender.

Why Is It Called the European Shoe Sizing System?

One common misconception about shoes that use the European sizing system is that they are made in Europe. Some of them are, but just as shoes that use the U.S. shoe sizing system aren't always made in the United States, European sized shoes may be manufactured in other locations such as New Zealand, Israel, and China. The system is only referred to as European because that's where it originated.




Women's Width Sizing Chart
US Women's Size Narrow
or AA
Average
or B
Wide
or C/D
Extra-wide
or E
5 2 1316" 3 316" 3 916" 3 1516"
5.5 2 78" 3 14" 358" 4"
6 2 1516" 3 516" 3 1116" 4 116"
6.5 3" 3 38" 3 34" 4 18"
7 3 116" 3 716" 3 1316" 4 316"
7.5 3 18" 3 12" 3 78" 4 14"
8 3 316" 3 916" 3 1516" 4 516"
8.5 3 14" 3 58" 4" 4 38"
9 3 38" 3 1116" 4 116" 4 716"
9.5 3 38" 3 34" 4 18" 4 12"
10 3 716" 3 34" 4 316" 4 916"
10.5 3 12" 3 78" 4 14" 4 58"
11 3 916" 3 1516" 4 516" 4 1116"
12 3 1116" 4 116" 4 716" 4 1316"


Men's Width Sizing Chart
US Men's
Size
Narrow
or C
Average
or D
Wide
or E
6 3 516" 3 12" 3 1116"
6.5 3 516" 3 58" 3 34"
7 3 38" 3 58" 3 34"
7.5 3 38" 3 1116" 3 1516"
8 3 12" 3 34" 3 1516"
8.5 3 58" 3 34" 4"
9 3 58" 3 1516" 4 18"
9.5 3 1116" 3 1516" 4 18"
10 3 34" 4" 4 316"
10.5 3 34" 4 18" 4 516"
11 3 1516" 4 18" 4 516"
11.5 3 1516" 4 316" 4 38"
12 4" 4 516" 4 38"
12.5 4 18" 4 516" 4 12"
13 4 18" 4 516" 4 58"
13.5 4 316" 4 38" 4 34"


 
Your Guide To the Complex World of Width Sizing

Width is an incredibly complex topic for the pedorthic (professional shoe fitting) community. Pedorthists - the professionals who fit shoes for a living - are often very hesitant to make sweeping statements regarding what shoe width a person should or should not wear. This is because most people don't know that there is no standard width system used by shoe manufacturers to determine the measurements of a narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide shoe. Shoe designers use their best judgment when deciding how wide to make a wide shoe and don't consult with one another before labeling the widths of their shoes. Please understand, the only truly accurate way to determine if a shoe is the proper width for your foot is to try it on. That's why HealthyFeetStore.com has a free exchanges policy that allows you to order a shoe, try it on in your home like you would in a shoe store, and send it back to us to be exchanged for a different size or width without having to pay the cost of shipping. Because we understand that the exchange process is significantly less convenient than ordering the right shoe the first time around, we have provided this width sizing chart derived from averages and approximations. Scroll past the width sizing chart for tips on how to buy shoes in the correct width.

Buying Wide and Narrow Shoes Online - Things You Should Know:

  • 90 percent of European shoe sizes don't come in multiple widths.

    Kumfs is the exception to this rule because it offers both a wide and medium width. Most European sized shoes only come in medium width.

  • A more medical brand tends to run wider than a fashion shoe brand.

    A diabetic shoe that comes in a wide width is more likely to provide a roomy fit.

  • The difference in measurement between an E and and EE is 1/8 of an inch.

    Some of the brands available at HealthyFeetStore.com are designed to accommodate feet with severe edema (foot swelling) and foot deformities. These shoes come in widths that are wider than the measurements on our width sizing chart. Apis Medical Shoes come in widths up to 7E. That's EEEEEEE which is 3/4 of an inch wider than an E. Other brands that offer widths greater than extra-extra wide are Drew, Pedors, and P.W. Minor. You may wish to contact customer service for advice on buying a a shoe that is wider than extra-extra wide.

  • You'll know a shoe is the right size and width because the edges and bottoms of your feet align perfectly with the footbed.

    The heel rests squarely in the heel cup and your toes have 1/4 of an inch of space in the toe box so they're not bumping up against the shoe and giving you corns or calluses. If you're wearing a sandal your foot does not hang over the sidewall and if you're wearing a shoe the side of your foot does not feel pinched or overly constricted.

  • If a shoe is the right size and width, but is too tight across the top of the foot, try ordering a shoe with extra depth.

    Another reason to buy an extra depth shoe is if you've bought the widest width you can buy and your foot still feels cramped. Sometimes an extra depth shoe will give your swollen or damaged foot the extra breathing room it needs to feel comfortable.
Many parents of young children are big fans of online shoe shopping. Even the most easygoing of toddlers can become whiny and weepy in the children's shoe aisle. Unfortunately the greatest thing about online shoe shopping is also the biggest downside when shopping for children's shoes. You're not in a department store so you can't try them on until you buy them. Here at HealthyFeetStore.com, if the shoes don't fit you can exchange them for free, but you'll still have to wait for the shoes to ship back and forth. In the hopes of making it easier for parents shopping for children's shoes at our online store to get the right kids' shoe size the first time around we've created this helpful kids' shoe sizing chart. Scroll beyond the chart and you'll find helpful instructions on how to use the chart and how to measure your child's foot with greater ease.


Kids' Size Conversions
US Euro UK Inches CM Approx. Age
0.5 16 0 3.25" 8.3 Infant
(0 - 12 months)
1 16 0.5 3.5" 8.9
1.5 17 1 3.625" 9.2
2 17 1 3.75" 9.5
2.5 18 1.5 4" 10.2
3 18 2 4.125" 10.5
3.5 19 2.5 4.25" 10.8
4 19 3 4.5" 11.4
4.5 20 3.5 4.625" 11.7
5 20 4 4.75" 12.1
5.5 21 4.5 5" 12.7 Children
(1 - 5 years)
18 months


24 months


3 years


4 years

5 years
6 22 5 5.125" 13
6.5 22 5.5 5.25" 13.3
7 23 6 5.5" 14
7.5 23 6.5 5.625" 14.3
8 24 7 5.75" 14.6
8.5 25 7.5 6" 15.2
9 25 8 6.125" 15.6
9.5 26 8.5 6.25" 15.9
10 27 9 6.5" 16.5
10.5 27 9.5 6.625" 16.8
11 28 10 6.75" 17.1
11.5 29 10.5 7" 17.8
12 30 11 7.125" 18.1
12.5 30 11.5 7.25" 18.4 Youth
(6 - 10 years)

6 years



7 years


8 years


9 years

10 years
13 31 12 7.5" 19.1
13.5 31 12.5 7.625" 19.4
1 32 13 7.75" 19.7
1.5 33 14 8" 20.3
2 33 1 8.125" 20.6
2.5 34 1.5 8.25" 21
3 34 2 8.5" 21.6
3.5 35 2.5 8.625" 21.9
4 36 3 8.75" 22.2
4.5 36 3.5 9" 22.9
5 37 4 9.125" 23.2
5.5 37 4.5 9.25" 23.5
6 38 5 9.5" 24.1
6.5 38 5.5 9.625" 24.4
7 39 6 9.75" 24.8

Basic Kids' Shoe Shopping Principles

  • Everything we said about how to measure adult feet on the Online Shoe Store Shoe Fitting Guide is also true of children's feet - except squirmier with more whining and fussing.
  • Regardless of your child's age, never let a child wear a shoe that is too small for their feet! Children's feet are still growing and developing and many adult foot problems have their origins in poor-fitting shoes during childhood.
  • Never put your child in a shoe that is more than a size too big or the child is likely to trip when walking.
  • If you are buying a children's shoe that uses the U.S. or U.K. sizing system (see chart for measurement differences in the two systems), be sure to remember that the notation system starts over at around age 6. At age five your child may wear a children's size 13 and at age 6 your child may wear a youth size 1.
  • If you are buying a children's shoe that uses the European sizing system the notation system is the same for babies, children, and adults.
  • A youth size 5.5 is equivalent to an adult women's size 7 and an adult men's size 6. For older children and teenagers please use our Men's & Women's Shoe Sizing U.S & European Shoe Sizing Guide.

Tips on Shopping for Infant Shoes

Everyone knows that children's feet grow fast, but infant feet grow the fastest of all. In the first year of a child's life their feet will grow to be almost half their adult shoe size. Other than taking your child to see a podiatrist if foot development seems to be abnormal, the best thing a parent can do for their infant's foot health is to interfere as little as possible. Before a child has started walking, shoes are unnecessary. During the winter months your child can wear soft booties to stay warm, but all foot coverings should be as non-restricting as possible.

After your toddler has begun to walk (usually between 10 and 18 months old), you can introduce him or her to a sneaker with a flexible outsole with good traction. This should be worn outdoors only. Inside the house barefoot is still best for toddlers. Just be sure their play area is free of debris that might hurt their little feet. Remember to check your child's feet for blisters and other signs that their shoes no longer fit. Toddler's feet tend to grow a shoe size larger every three months or so. Feel free to buy shoes slightly larger than what your child needs. 1/2 an inch clearance at the toe provides some growing room.

Tips on Shopping for Children's Shoes

At four years old your child's foot will be double the size it was at birth. Children's shoes can have slightly firmer soles than a toddler's shoe, but there should still be plenty of flexibility. Pronation control is healthy for adult feet. For a kid's feet, a little bit of arch support goes a long way. Never try to correct a child's walking gait without a podiatrist's informed diagnosis and recommendation. Even though your child is older, their feet will still be growing rapidly. Between age four and five most children's feet grow at least a half a shoe size every four to five months. You can buy your child's shoes a little large for their feet, but avoid buying shoes that are more than one size too big or the shoe will become a tripping hazard. When choosing between children's shoe uppers, breathable materials like leather and canvas are best. Children's feet often sweat a lot.

Tips on Shopping for Youth Shoes

Your child will usually start wearing youth shoe sizes around age 6. After the age of 6, it becomes especially important that children wear supportive athletic shoes during play, particularly if they participate in after-school sports. While children's feet are more resilient and thus less prone to injury, the most common cause of chronic children's foot pain is Sever's disease, an inflammation of a child's developing heel growth plate. The most common cause of children's heel pain is participation in activities that involve a lot of running and jumping, such as soccer and basketball, without having shoes that provide enough arch support. Even if your child's favorite pair of athletic shoes provide only minimal support, Children's arch support inserts are available to decrease your child's risk of developing a painful foot injury.