Shoe sizes are different in every country, and when you shop online or abroad, shoe size conversion becomes a necessity. Thankfully, you can quickly convert between shoes sized differently by adding and subtracting according to the international standards used in various countries.
Different countries use a variety of shoe sizing systems, and each system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most shoes are based on either foot length, or shoe last (the template that shapes the shoe) measurement. Some countries also add width specifications to their shoe sizes. For example, a size 38 in Europe is equivalent to US men’s shoe size 7.5, and many European styles come in narrow or wide widths. In addition, some systems have a “mondopoint” number that is related to the average width of a particular style.
When shopping for shoes, it is important to check the return policy of the website you are purchasing from and consider shipping costs. Depending on where you live, the cost of shipping can be expensive and may not be worth it for a pair of shoes that won’t fit.
Knowing how to convert your shoe size between different systems is a great way to expand your selection of shoes and avoid the frustration of having to return a pair that doesn’t fit. With a little simple math and the right conversion chart, you can have your shoe size converted in no time! Just remember to measure your feet at the end of the day, when they are most swollen.