How To Measure Shoe Size & Foot Width | Guides, Charts & Tutorials
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While there are many benefits to shopping at an online shoe store, such as the availability of hard to find shoe sizes and shoe styles like wide width shoes, extra depth shoes, and sandals that accommodate orthotics, there are also certain drawbacks. Many people prefer to try-on shoes before they buy them and with an online shoe store this simply isn’t possible. To increase the likelihood that our customers will find their perfect fit with the first shoe they order, we’ve provided this comprehensive shoe fitting guide. HealthyFeetStore.com is also realistic about the challenge of finding a perfect “cyberfit”. We offer free exchanges so that customers can order a shoe, try it on in their home, and send it back to us in exchange for a different shoe at no additional charge. We also provide easy returns and full refunds minus the cost of shipping for customers who decide they would rather not purchase a HealthyFeetStore.com shoe after all.
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Why You Need To Measure Your Feet Regularly
Question: True or false? Most American shoe shoppers can correctly name their U.S. shoe size.
A study conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society found that 88 percent of women in the United States routinely wear shoes that are too small for their feet. Another study found that 70 percent of men regularly wear shoes that are the wrong shoe size.
According to the International Journal of Clinical Practice, diabetic patients may be slightly more likely to wear shoes that fit, but the statistics are still alarming. A clinical study of 100 diabetics found that 63 diabetics in the research group were wearing shoes that were either too tight or too narrow. Considering that wearing poorly fitting shoes dramatically increases a diabetic patient’s risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers and other complications that can lead to the necessity of amputation; doctors were deeply sobered by their findings.
How To Measure Your Feet
While it is absolutely possible to successfully measure your feet in your home without a Brannock Device. However; if you have access to a professional shoe fitter (specialty shoe stores and boutiques still employ them sometimes) having your feet professionally measured will give you the most accurate foot measurement. Maybe you'll even be able to find the shoe you were looking for in a traditional brick and mortar shoe store. If they don't carry the size and width you need, HealthyFeetStore.com will still be here waiting for your order.
Unfortunately, most people do not have access to a professional shoe fitter, so here are some tips on how to measure your feet at home with the best possible accuracy:
What You Will Need:
- Two pieces of paper
- A writing utensil
- A ruler
- A friend (recommended, but not essential)
Thing You Should Know Before You Measure Your Feet:
- It is best to measure your feet after a full day of walking because walking can slightly increase the size of your feet.
- It is best to measure your feet wearing the type of socks or stockings you will be wearing in the shoe you plan to purchase. Only measure your feet while barefoot if you plan to wear shoes over your bare feet.
- Remember that the difference in shoe size measurements is often as small as 1/8 of an inch, so your foot measurements will need to be equally detail-oriented to be effective. Rounding up or down will decrease the accuracy of the measurement and your likelihood of finding a good shoe fit.
- Measure both feet. Most people's feet are slightly asymmetrical. When buying shoes use the measurements from the larger foot.
Measuring Your Feet In Five Basic Steps:
1. Step down on a piece of paper and trace the outline of your foot. Particularly if you have trouble touching your toes, it will be easier if you have a friend present to trace your foot for you.
2. Use the ruler to measure the length of your foot from the longest toe (usually the big toe, but depends on the foot) to the back of your heel. Write down the measurement.
3. Measure the length of the foot across the widest part of the foot (usually across the ball of the foot). Write down the measurement.
4. Compare your foot measurements to the measurements on our shoe length chart to find the number that corresponds to your shoe length.
5. Compare your foot measurements to our shoe width chart to find the letter(s) that correspond to your foot width.