When most people have foot pain, they don't realize that it could be because they are wearing the wrong shoe size. They have simply gone to the shoe size they have been for years and expect it to just fit right every time; however, feet grow and change over time. It's important to measure your shoe size every year or so to make sure that you are still buying the right shoe size in order to avoid being uncomfortable and potentially causing lasting damage to your feet.
Determining your shoe size is really easy, and it's something that you can do from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a piece of paper (that's bigger than your foot), some masking tape, a pencil, and a tape measure. Be sure to sit in a comfortable chair and that there's a hard surface beneath your foot. For the best results, measure your shoe size at the end of the day, because that's when your feet are going to be at their biggest. If you wear socks on a regular basis, then you should put on a pair to measure your shoe size with, in order to get the right fit. The biggest thing to remember is to always double check your measurements with the manufacturer's website or store. Every shoe is made differently, and every country numbers their shoe sizes differently. By measuring your foot to get your shoe size, you are ensuring that you can shop at any retailer that you want in the entire world.
The last thing that you want when you are trying to determine your shoe size is a piece of paper that's trying to run away from you. Take the masking tape and just tape the corners to the floor. Masking tape is best for this because it won't leave a residue when you're peeling it off. If you don't have masking tape, then painter's tape works just as well. If you don't have either of those, then just find something to weigh the paper down so it doesn't move around while you are trying to measure your foot.
This step is an easy one: just put your foot on the paper. The best way to do this is to sit down on a comfortable chair and put your foot flat down on the paper. Make sure that when you reach down to trace, that you are not bending your foot in any way. If you have someone nearby who is willing to trace your foot, then you can just stand on the paper. When you place your foot, make sure that you have enough room to trace around it, and that you can see paper coming out from all sides. If you are using a standard piece of printing paper, you should put your foot with your toes pointing to one of the corners. It'll be just the right size to do the job.
Using the pencil, trace your feet; it is up to you if you want to use both sides of your paper or if you just want to use two separate sheets. A common mistake that people make is to trace slightly under the foot, this doesn't work because you'll end up buying shoes that are too small. Just lightly trace around the edge of your foot. When tracing your foot, try to hold the pencil as steady and as straight as possible. This will help you to get an accurate measurement in order for you to get the right shoe size.
First, take your tape measure, and measure from your longest toe to your heel. Then, write it down to the closest sixth of an inch. It is also a good idea to get your measurement down in centimeters as well, because some places use that form of measurement to determine shoe size. If your tape measure does not have centimeters on it, then just multiply the inches from the measurement of your foot by 2.54. Then, measure the width of your foot at the widest part, usually the ball of the foot. Write it down to the closest sixth of an inch. This will help to determine if you need a wide or narrow fit of shoe. Again, write it down in centimeters as well as in inches. Be sure to measure both of your feet, because it is not uncommon for one foot to be slightly bigger than the other. To determine your shoe size, you want to use the biggest of the two feet. This will make sure that your shoes will fit you comfortably.
After you've taken all of your measurements, you want to hop online to find a shoe size chart. Some good ones are at Zappos and Shoes.com, and www.shoesizechart.us. If they have the centimeter conversions available, use that measurement, because it will be more accurate and will give you a better fitting and more comfortable shoe. Also, every company makes their shoes a little bit differently, so you want to be sure to check on each individual website or in each individual store to determine the best shoe size for you. It would be a good idea to keep your foot measurements handy when you are shopping so you have all of the information you need right at your fingers. International Shoe Sizes
One thing that is odd about shoe sizes is that each country determines shoe sizes differently. So, depending on where you are going to be traveling, or ordering from, you want to make sure that you are getting the right shoe size for your feet. Before you order, always check the shoe size conversion chart against your measurements. Just as before, if at all possible, use the measurements that you took in centimeters for better fitting shoe. By using the measurements instead of just the shoe size that you go by here, you are going to get a more accurate fit for your foot. If you don't have your measurements handy, then you find an international conversion chart our shoe size chart website. Use the chart to determine what your shoe size is in other countries of the world. As you use the chart be sure to note that some countries do not differentiate between men's and women's sizes and some do. So, you need to be sure that you are checking the right measurement for your gender. Also, the United States and Canada use the same standard of measurement when it comes to determining shoe sizes. This means that you don't have to worry about trying to convert anything between the two countries.