How to measure your feet in 3 simple steps

Do you know the dimensions of your own feet?  Most people don’t and that’s why there are thousands, if not millions of unworn shoes stowed in our homes. With footwear being incredibly difficult to recycle, it begs the questions ‘WHY’ do we have so many shoes that we don’t wear? 

It’s because of comfort.  

We buy shoes and if they don’t fit properly or hurt our feet they just get ‘left’ and we end up collecting shoes that we plan to ‘try and wear again’ but we never do. A familiar story? 

So to avoid footwear waste and to save yourself some money and blisters, I recommend you measure your feet and ‘really’ get to know each other, the length, width and understand the requirements for your arches and toes – and even heels. 

Do you have: 

  • A high arch 
  • A fallen arch
  • Wide feet 
  • Narrow feet 
  • Bunions 
  • Wonky toes 
  • Non defined Achilles heel

Not sure? Here are a few things you can do you find out:

  1. Get your feet wet and step onto a surface where you can see the ‘print’ of your foot. If you can see a full footprint, you will have low to fallen arches (this is what I have). If you can see the ball of the foot and then a narrow section which joins the heel, you will have a high arch
  2. Have a look at the placement of your toes and look to see if you have good symmetry. Look at the shape of your foot and determine if you have flat feet, square toes, toes on a diagonal etc. Now, look at the shape of shoes you like Vs. the shape of your feet. You’ll start to appreciate why those stiletto points used to hurt you…
  3. Next, get a piece of paper and a pen and trace around each foot. Measure the width across (at the widest point) and the length from your big toe or the second toe if it’s longer (known as Morton’s toe) – This length is important to know if you’re shopping for shoes pre-loved or online.
  4. BONUS TIPS: get a tape measure and wrap it around your foot over your toes (where the strap of sandal would fit) this will help you avoid getting shoes where your toes slip through and don’t feel strapped in and supported at the front.

Now you should have a good idea about the dimensions of your own feet. Use my Shoe Size Conversion Charts blog to help you determine the best-sized shoes for you.

Please remember this is a guide, footwear brands do have their own sizes which may vary. These measurements have been taken by comparing multiple brands sizes that are available on the web – and compiled into one handy place for your convenience.

What’s your footwear story? Let me know what you discover about your own feet, and what your shoes say about you!

Roberta x

PS. Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to recommend the shoes I wear for my feet, which are narrow, and very flat with fallen arches – and on top of that I have no defined achilles heel!

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