Trying to find shoes that fit can be a daunting task. Shoe sizing differs across brands, countries, and even the same brand depending on the measuring unit used. This is because shoe sizing is not fully standardized. Fortunately, there are a few ways to convert your shoe size. Using a shoe size converter can help you find the right fit, especially when you are buying shoes online or on a different continent. In addition, knowing how to measure your feet is important for finding the right size.
The first step is to record your foot length. To do this, take a piece of paper and put your foot on it with your leg bent slightly. You can also stand, sit on a chair, or crouch down to get a more accurate measurement. Make sure that the width of your foot is also recorded. Next, you will need to subtract 3/16ths of an inch from each number, to account for the small space that the pencil leaves between the line and your foot.
Many shoe sizing systems have their own conversion formulas and measurements. Some use the European Paris point system with length steps of 5 mm and 7.5 mm, while others use the Mondopoint system with length steps of 14-inch (US) or 1/3-inch (Russia and East Asia). The ISO/TS 19407:2015 Footwear – Sizing – Conversion of sizing systems specifies basic description and conversion tables for major shoe sizing systems, including both the traditional system based on the last length expressed in Paris points and the modern UK 1/3-inch system.