Figuring out shoe sizes isn't complicated, but it's not a breeze either. The reason why we run into sizing issues are one foot is slightly longer or wider than the other. Another reason is no two shoe brands cut their shoes the same way. It's no wonder we get confuse on what is our actual shoe size.
Now that we stated why sizes are complicated.
How do we remedy the situation? We start by process of elimination.
We know our feet are not identical in size. We know shoes are not going to accomdate each foot. What do we do?
First rule of shoe sizing is to try on your shoes before you buy them. Wait! I can you hear you saying "I can't do that if I buy them on-line." This is correct. You can't try on shoes before you buy them on-line. This is one down fall about shopping on-line, but there is away around this as well.
What you can do is check out the retailer's return policy before you start looking at the website's merchandise. Read their RETURN POLICY carefully. I cannot state how important this is.
It is vital to know what your choices are if you decide the shoes are not right. Shopping on-line means buying untouched. Which can go either smoothly or it can be real rough.
Trying shoes before you buy them provides you with a true feel of the shoes. You get to experience the sensation of the shoes on both feet. Sizing boils down to this, what your feet are use to and the shape of your feet.
All of our feet are different for various reasons. Some feet are wide or narrow feet. Some have corns and bunions, high arches or hammer toes.
Whatever the reason it just confirms no two feet are the same. You may wear the same shoe size as your mother, but it doesn't mean you can wear the same shoe.
Second rule to shoe sizing is measure your feet. I can't stress how important this rule needs to be uphold. We now know that our feet aren't identical and that no 2 brands use the same sizing. Which leads us to measuring our feet.
There is no standard foot measurement equipment or procedure to measure shoe sizes. Europe is different from the States and the States are different from China and so on.
There are several types of shoe measurements used worldwide. They differ by unit of measure, what is measured and where the size starts from either zero (0) or one (1).
Since the left and right foot are slightly different in length shoes should be purchased based on the larger foot. Rather to large on one foot than too tight on the other.
The Brannock Device was invented by Charles Brannock in the 20's. It measures foot lenth and the distance of the heel and widest point of the foot. Used in the USA as the standard tool of measuring for shoes, especially children's shoes.
The USA measures feet in straight numbers like 7, 8, 9 and so on. Europe uses double digit numbers 35, 36, 37. In order to figure out what size you wear for either country you need a standard foot chart with conversions.
Our feet are not 2 dimensional objects, they are 3-dimensional. Using the Brannock device will provide an estimation of your foot size.
A true measurement of your feet you would need to have your feet cast in a mold. Another method would be to trace your foot on paper.
Shoe sizing is not an exact science and it is not diffuclt. Trying to find your shoe sizes amongst the hundreds of brands is easy...tyring to find the right size for your foot not so much.