How to Measure





  • Your heel should fit snug with no slipping. The mid foot of the shoe under your arch and over the top of your foot should be snug but not tight. You should have enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes.

  • People are more than twice as likely to buy a shoe that is too small than too big. Clues that your shoes are too small or narrow include - foot cramping or "falling asleep" while running or just after running or the formation of blisters and calluses between or on your toes.

  • Feet typically get bigger with age. We encourage you to have your feet measured every year. Women's feet often become a half-size (or more) larger after pregnancy.

  • Your left and right feet may differ in length or width as much as a full size. Be sure to measure and try shoes on both feet, and always buy shoes to fit your larger foot.

  • If your feet seem "between" sizes and you cannot decide which size to select, we suggest you choose the larger size. You can make adjustments for a better fit with socks, insoles, or a different lacing pattern.

  • Since feet always swell during the day, we encourage you to try shoes on later in the day when your feet are at their largest.

  • You can accurately determine your foot size and width using these simple instructions and the size and width tables below. The results will be the same as if your foot was measured with the familiar Brannock Device used in shoe stores.

    Before starting, you should wade through the long dissertation on sizing and socks above so you'll know what type of sock to wear. Measure both feet and use the measurement for the larger foot. If the difference is over a half size, consider ordering custom fitted shoes so that each foot can be accommodated with a shoe of the correct size.

    Follow these steps for each foot. It is easier to have someone else do the tracing of the foot.

    • 1) Sit in a chair with the foot firmly placed on a piece of paper large enough to make a tracing around the whole foot. Your leg should be tilted slightly forward so it will not interfere with the pencil as you trace around your heel.

    • 2) Trace an outline of the foot with a pencil held perpendicular to the paper at all times. Ensure that the pencil is held snug against the foot during the tracing.

    • 3) Measure the length and width of the tracing at the points shown in the diagram.

    • 4) The tracing will be slightly larger than your feet because of the thickness of the pencil. Subtract 5mm from each measurement to compensate for the thickness of the pen or pencil. This correction gives you the actual length and width of your foot. So, if the tracing of your foot measures 10.5 inches long, you subtract 5 mm to get the actual length of your foot which is 10.3 inches which is about Indian men's size 41.9.

    • 5) Enter the shoe size chart with your corrected length and width measurement and find the exact men's size from the charts below.
  • Measuring your feet is the only reliable way to determine your true foot size.


    Your favorite old Nikes may be marked men's 12, but when you measure your feet they may be 10½. Many basketball shoes are marked 1 to 2 sizes larger than they actually are. The fit varies from one manufacturer to another and from style to style.


    You wear a US women's size 8, so you look in our chart and see that is equivalent to a US men's size 7. Our chart is correct, but the folks who made your shoes may not have been correct in their sizing. Women's footwear size accuracy varies tremendously. To make things worse, various conversion charts show that a US men's size 7 converts to a size 8, 8½ or 9 in US women's sizes. You can't trust the size of a shoe to be an accurate reflection of your actual foot size. You need to measure.


    A UK 9 size is the same as a US 10... right? Yes. And that's what we show in our conversion table. But we checked major footwear manufacturers' websites to see what UK size they showed for a US Men's 11. The UK sizes we came up with varied from 8½ to 10½. The situation is similar in Continental or European sizes. When we checked the conversion charts at major footwear manufacturers and suppliers to find the Continental equivalent to a US men's size 11 we came up with answers from 44 to 45.3.


    Finally, you should measure your feet each time you order because your feet grow larger as you grow older. Your feet may have been size 10 when you were 35 years old, but they could be size 10½ now that you're 40. This is one good reason to consider buying your Achilles’ Heel shoes slightly larger if that is practical. Your good tight fit could turn into a too tight fit in a few years. Our shoes last a long time!