How To Measure Your Foot Size & Width

This post was last updated on July 3rd, 2021 at 10:04 am

While it is absolutely possible to measure your feet in your home without a Brannock Device, an all-in-one tool to measure your foot size & width.
If you have access to a professional shoe fitter in a shoe store nearby, having your feet professionally measured will give you the most accurate result.
Unfortunately for the brick and mortar stores, most people are buying shoes online and do not have access to professional equipment…

What You Will Need to measure your shoe size & foot width at home with the best possible accuracy:

  • Two pieces of paper, letter or A4 size will do
  • A pen or a pencil
  • A ruler
  • Measuring tape or a string
  • A friend (recommended, but not essential)

Time to measure your feet in just 2 minutes.

In the below explainer post you will discover how easy it is to measure your feet.
To make it easy we summed up our tips :

  1. Measure your feet in the afternoon.

  2. Stand When Measuring

    When in a wheel chair, you don’t need to stand up while taking foot measurements

  3. Wear socks

  4. Be precise

  5. Measure both feet

  6. Stand on your piece of paper

    Foot size measurement for wheelchair users can be done without standing

  7. Start drawing

  8. Measure the length of you feet

  9. Find your width fitting by drawing

  10. Find your width fitting with measuring tape

  11. Determine your size in the conversion charts

1. The perfect time to measure your foot size & width

Measure your feet in the afternoon. By the end of the day our feet develop some swelling.
If you wait until later in the day to get those feet on paper, you will reduce the risk of receiving shoes that are too tight.

2. Stand when measuring

Be sure to stand up straight when measuring your feet. When standing, your feet will carry your full weight and spread out more. Ask a friend or a relative to measure your foot size & width because you need to stand tall and look straight ahead with your weight centered over your foot.
Remember: How you stand can affect the size and shape of your feet.

3. Wear a sock

Obtain the most accurate result by measuring your feet wearing the type of socks or stockings you will be wearing in the shoe you plan to purchase. Thus no socks are needed to measure your feet if you’re buying sandals or other shoes you plan to wear barefoot.

4. Be precise

The difference in shoe sizes is about 1/8 of an inch, so your foot measurements will need to be precise and. In a conversion chart like on the shoes page, you find many sizes. Rounding up or down will decrease the accuracy of the measurement and might convert in a different size.

5. Measure the size & width of both feet

Measure both feet. Most people’s feet are slightly asymmetrical. When using the conversion size chart or buying shoes it’s best to use the measurements from the larger foot.

6. Stand on your piece of paper

Put the piece of paper on the floor and step on it. Consider choose to fix the paper with some tape.
However avoid putting paper on carpet or any other surface that will be difficult to write on.
After that step down place your foot firmly on a piece of paper and trace the outline of your foot.
Certainly remember to stand up straight with your foot on the paper.

7. Start drawing

Particularly if you have trouble touching your toes, it will be easier if you have a friend present to trace your foot for you.
Draw the outline of your foot all the way around. Holding the pencil perfectly vertically and perpendicular to the paper, trace around the perimeter of the foot as closely as possible without angling the pencil in or out. 
As noted above it’s ok to wear socks, but don’t wear shoes. In a similar way you make a drawing of your other foot.

8. Measure the length of your feet

Use the ruler or measuring tape to measure the outline from the back/central part of the heel to the end of the longest toe. (usually the big toe, but depends on the foot)
You can trace your foot a few times for more accurate results.
Accordingly, write down the measurement.

9. Find your width fitting by drawing

Using a soft tape measure or string, measure the circumference (in mm) around your foot at the widest point, usually where your toe joints meet your foot (see diagram right >). Refer to the tables below to find your correct width fitting for your shoe size.

10. Find your width fitting with measuring tape

Measure the length of the foot across the widest part of the foot (usually across the ball of the foot), with your foot flat on the floor. Write down the measurement. Want to learn more about the importance of a correct width for your shoes? Read it here.

11. Determine your size in the conversion charts

Compare your foot measurements to the measurements on our shoe length chart for men , shoe length chart for women to find the number that corresponds to your shoe length.
Compare your foot measurements to our shoe width chart for Men and shoe width chart for women to find the letter(s) that correspond to your foot width.

Shoe size charts

4 thoughts on “How To Measure Your Foot Size & Width

      1. that was quick!
        I guess you should have a “reach out to us”/ “report” kind of page
        I had to struggle a bit to find this comment box

        otherwise great site btw… first on google search results as well…

        1. Hello Andy,
          Thanks for the tip and nice words on the website. Working on it day by day to improve. So a contact us page is on the to-do list from now on 🙂
          Have a great day!

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