Even a single thought of buying a new pair of shoes is enough to make your face light up with impish glee. And you probably start envisioning yourself as Louboutin loving Sarah Jessica Parker.
In the above photo, Sarah Jessica Parker looks like million bucks not because she is wearing luxury shoes by Christian Louboutin, but because she is looking comfortable – but no less stunning – in her shoes.
However, you don’t need sky-high Louboutins to feel comfortable, you can exude sensuality just wearing ostensibly prissy yet chic Mary Janes.
But the question is – how will you acquire this confidence?
The best way is, without any doubt, by buying the right size shoe. You may think that you know what your shoe size is – but do you really?
Now, I am not saying that you are a complete loon who would buy a shoe size that’s either noticeably smaller or bigger. But even a slight deviation in size can end up making you look highly uncomfortable. So sometimes you might even become a victim of an awful footwear faux pas, like this.
And sometimes, you may end up getting blisters or serious feet-ache after your toes get crunched in your too-tight shoes.
Sure you can always try several pairs in the store, or even get yourself custom-made shoes, but without proper measurements, chances are you might still not feel the comfort you are aspiring for.
And granted, buying shoes online is even more harrowing, especially with all the UK, Euro, US sizing confusion out there.
In fact, a study revealed that nearly half of women in the UK are wearing the wrong shoe size. And that’s just women in the UK, think of all the women and men all over the world.
So how can you perfectly discover what your true shoe size is?
We know how imperative it is to get an accurate foot size measurement, therefore, here’s a perfect run-down on how to discover what your true size is.
However, before you break out in sweat let me tell you – measuring your show size at some isn’t difficult at all. You don’t need some techie device like a Brannock device to figure out your shoe size at home.
So let’s start with where do people generally go wrong while measuring their feet.
For ages now people are overlooking the fact that our feet are three dimensional. Disregarding this, most people and sometimes even the size-charts only account for two out of three dimensions. In the end, it results in a slight deviation is the size.
Therefore, knowing your width size can make a lot of difference when you buy shoes online or even at the store.
What will you need to measure your feet precisely?
- A chair
- Two pieces of paper (larger than your feet)
- A measuring tape
Didn’t I promise, you won’t need anything too techie?
Now follow these steps to find your true shoe size:
- First, place the paper on the floor right in front of you. It would be great if you could tape the paper to the floor lest it glides around.
- Now put your foot on the paper.
- Keeping the pencil perpendicular with respect to the paper, trace it all the way around your foot.
- Now repeat the above step with your other foot, either on the reverse side of the paper or on a different paper.
- Use a tape measure to find the length of your foot at its longest point, that is, up to the big toe.
- Now, just like the length, find the width at the widest point.
- After writing down these numbers, subtract a ¼ inch or about ½ centimetre from both the length and the width to negate the pencil outline.
- There, you have your perfect shoe size.
- Now you can use it to order your favourite pair of shoes – from existing designer shoes to custom-made shoes, you can use these measurements to find your shoe size in any shoe chart.
Here’s a pro tip for you
It would help you in the long run if you record the resulting measurement in both inches and centimetres, as different brands have different size charts. So it will always come in handy.
There is one more thing that you should keep in mind. That is, if you are measuring your size for sports shoes, sneakers, boots etc then, in that case, make sure that you measure your feet wearing socks because that’s what you would wear with these shoes. Therefore, you would want your shoes to fit perfectly, rather than grapple with them later on to make room for your feet.
Now after trying this DIY foot measuring method, you are probably feeling like Goldilocks.
And why shouldn’t you?
No matter what type of shoe you buy, you are now one step closer to find your dream shoes and walk happily ever after!