This seems simple but without trying the shoes on. This took me a while to learn.
1. Don't rely on the size. There are so many different sizes around and each brand seems to vary slightly. Even for the same brand, the size varies depending on the style and when it was made. Some shoes made a while back might be smaller. You can find the conversion of different sizes in the world from the internet but they are just a guide only.
2. Check the length. The most accurate measurement should be the contour length of the insole. Using a tape measure to measure from tip of toe to the back of heel by following the shoebed should give you a good idea how long the insole is. Make sure you allow some room between the length of your feet and the length of the insole. If you are buying a pair of pointy shoes, the length of the insole should be longer to accommodate the style. Try to ask for the "usable" length which is the length after deducting the pointy space.
3. Check the width. Most shoes now come in a medium width which is B, M or not letter after the size number. Letter A and N stand for narrow which you should avoid if you want a comfortable feel. Letter C, D, E (C is wide and E is the widest) or W mean wide
which is more suitable for wider feet.
4. Other factors. If you are buy a pair of boots, it is quite hard to measure the insole. Ask for the measurement of the sole and compare it with a similar stlye of boots which you have to have a best estimate. For boots, the length of the shaft and the measurement of the opening are also important if you want a cosy fitting. Some styles such as the loafers will open up after wearing so you don't need any extra room. This also applies to sandals.
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4 June 2006
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