Shoe size does matter!
I’d be lying if I said finding the perfect fit for shoes was as easy as slipping into a pair of slippers. Considering I want you to be able to trust the information I plan to share with you I have to be honest. Part of my honesty is telling you that although you think you’re a size 9 because they fit so snug, you are probably not a size 9.
Let me explain.
Shoes are manufactured in a lot of different countries by a lot of difference companies. While they basically try to follow a standardized shoe size chart, different factors can knock those sizes out of whack. They can range from cultural and physical differences in the country the shoes are being made in to the kinds of materials being used as part of the construction of a shoe. Shoes for different uses will also vary in size. Add to that the possibility that one foot of the wearer may be slightly wider than the other or countless other little possibilities and it slowly becomes clear that sizing shoes is more of a science than just a matter of trying on hundreds of pairs until the right one is found. Don’t laugh, I have tried that method. I’m still not allowed back in that store, but that’s okay. I still feed my shoe fetish in other ways.
There are some tips I can share with you to make the shoe sizing chore a bit easier. For example, if you physically measure you foot with a ruler that is marked in centimetres, it will be a lot easier to find you a better fit when you compare that measurement to my handy shoe conversion chart. Be sure to measure both feet and not late in the day. If you’ve been on your feet all day they can be a little swollen which will give you a false reading. If you are a woman and you tend to retain water at certain times of the month, this will also affect your shoe fit. I find a measurement taken midday will probably be the best one to use.
Sizes tend to be fairly close within shoe brands so if you wore a size 9 1/2 in Brand X, you can safely assume that any other shoe made by Brand X marked with the size 9 1/2 will be a good fit. That is unless the new shoes are made from a very different material than the first pair. Let me explain that a little more for you. If your first pair is made of a fabric or synthetic material and the second pair is made mostly of leather, expect the leather shoes to fit differently as fabric doesn’t have the stretching quality leather does.
Another tip that is purely my gift to you is if you are shopping for shoes on my website, if I find the sizing to be a bit small, or maybe somewhat larger than expected, I’ll mention that with the suggestion to either order up or down in size. That way you won’t order a pair that you’ll end up returning. I want to be as helpful as I can for you and this is why I say size does matter!
Here’s even more help when it comes to sizing. When it comes to women’s shoes, Australian and American shoes follow the standard Australia/US size scale. Where it differs is when you try to buy shoes and you are accustomed to British sizes. There is a British shoe size chart and it is accurate but interestingly enough, the UK sizes run about two sizes smaller than AU or US sizes. That means a size 9 British shoe is close in size to the Australian and American size 11.
If that isn’t confusing enough, when sizing shoes for men the Australian and British size charts match but when it comes to American shoes they run one size larger. In other words, a size 11 shoe in the United States would fit close to the same as a size 10 Down Under and in the United Kingdom. Add to this the European men’s shoe sizing scale, which has sizes that are numbered only between 37 and 47 and it calls for another beer and some time away from the shoe rack before someone starts using the nifty looking boots in the top corner as weapons and a full on shoe fight ignites.
Oh, but we are far from through on the shoe size conversion.
Don’t forget there are children’s shoes, too. Infant shoes for babies up to pre-school follow a standard chart that matches in both the US and Australia and wouldn’t you know it differs in both Europe and the United Kingdom. Kid’s shoes for children between pre-school and primary school ages size the same with standardized charts in the US and Australia with completely different sizes in both Europe and the UK.
Even if every country in the world called a size 10 a size 10, which would make the chore of shoe size conversion unnecessary, it still wouldn’t help. As I’ve stated before, there are so many other factors that can alter the fit of your size 10s the least of your worries are whether or not they will fit the same in the United States.
The best way to find out how a particular shoe or shoe brand fits is to read the customer reviews on Amazon.com. Customers generally give honest feedback and your can tell by the star ratings how popular the shoe really is.