I was thinking about this quite recently, because I wanted to buy a pair of shoes for my sister online, and when I asked for her shoe size, it turned out she did not know it! Its easy when you step into a shoe store and have a rough idea of what size you usually wear, and then keep trying until you hit the jackpot. Its harder with online shopping.
But there are so many pretty shoes online and at very good prices too! Yet, how often do the shoe sizes really match up? I don’t know what sizes the local brands follow but I used to be a Size 5 in shoes. And then one day, Size 5 felt like I was wearing boats on my feet, and I dropped a shoe size to 4. I once wore UK Size 3 which was really tiny, but not any longer. That was a very strange period of shoe buying LOL!
Yet I sometimes take a 6 if its an American brand with American sizing! I used to be confused as heck until I hit upon the one method of ascertaining consistent shoe sizes, and which has served me well even when I take a stab in the dark buying shoes online.
I use the European shoe size guide.
I noticed that I am consistently a European Size 36 in every pair of shoes that fit me. The UK sizes may fluctuate between 3.5 to 4, the American sizes could be a Size 6 but my experience with the European size has been fool proof so far.
Once, I thought I’d tempt fate and try on a European Size 35. I thought it was a good fit, but prolonged wear soon taught me a lesson. It pinched in the wrong areas and my feet felt trapped and it was uncomfortable. Since then, I stick to using the European size as a general guide and it has served me well thus far, whether for sneakers, heels or even casual flip flops.
The only slight exception is for ballet flats. Due to the nature of the shoe, I’ve found that taking a half size up makes the shoe fit better and feel more comfortable.
I still don’t buy shoes very much online, but when I come across a sale I cannot resist or a shoe I’ve been wanting, at a price that is too good to pass up, I take the plunge, and being able to stab at your shoe size is very helpful. Knowing your shoe size is very helpful too when you walk into a shoe shop, because it helps you get what you want more quickly especially if its crowded. Most international brands will have their sizing in US, UK and EUR sizing. I don’t trust the US and UK sizing (I strongly believe there’s vanity sizing even in shoes!) so I tell them my shoe size in EUR sizing, they bring me the shoe and 95% of the time, the shoe fits.
Do you know your shoe size? Do you find that it is consistent across the board or does it fluctuate wildly?
I used to be able to trust my feet with UK shoe sizes but I can’t these days. Shoe sizes seem to fluctuate quite a lot even within the same brand. Part of the reason may be to do also with the structure of our feet. I do have rather narrow feet and most EUR shoes tend to be designed to be narrow, especially Italian brands. I wonder if that might be why I find that my feet take better to EUR shoe sizes? So, do you know your own shoe size and is it fairly consistent?