Measuring Feet

The detailed instructions below will help to measure a foot accurately, from home, in six easy steps. This will help determine the right size shoe to buy. Please note that not all shoes fit the same. Instructions provided by Bodell’s Shoes.

Step 1
Step 2
Step 3

Materials Needed

Measuring feet step 1

Collect the following items for ensuring an accurate measurement of your feet:

  1. a piece of paper larger than your biggest foot
  2. a pen or pencil
  3. any kind of tape
  4. a ruler or measuring tape – that reads 1/16 of an inch

Tape the piece of paper down to a hard floor surface.

Tracing Your Foot

Measuring feet step 2

With socks on your feet (no shoes) sit with one of your feet firmly on the piece of paper that you perviously placed on the floor.

Hold the pen or pencil upright and perpendicular to the paper. Do not hold it at an angle.

Trace the outline of your foot, and remember to measure your foot without shoes, but with socks similar to the ones you’ll be wearing with the shoes you are buying.

Make sure the pencil is resting snugly against your foot as you draw around it.

It is easier to have someone else trace your foot if at all possible.

Mark the Length and Width of Your Foot

Measuring feet step 3

With the outline you drew in step 2 use your pen or pencil to draw a straight line on the four outermost points:

  1. top
  2. bottom
  3. outside
  4. inside

Step 4
Step 5
Step 6

Measure the Length of Your Foot

Measuring feet step 4

Use your ruler or measuring tape to measure the length from the bottom line to the top line that you drew in step three.

Be sure to hold the measuring tape straight, and find the closest mark that you can (use the closest 16th mark) – don’t round up or down dramatically.

Write this number down.

Measuring the Width of Your Foot

Measuring feet step 5

Some people will need a narrow or wide shoe.  This step will help you to determine the width of your foot.

Measure the width of your foot by using your measuring tape or ruler to measure from the line on one side of your tracing, to the line on the other side.

Again, be certain to find the closest mark that you can (use the closest 16th mark) – don’t round up or down dramatically.

Write this number down.

Finding the Final Shoe Size

Repeat the last 5 steps for your other foot, and use the larger of the two.

These final numbers are your actual foot measurements.  You can convert them to the appropriate size and width using the links below.  If you are in between sizes, go to the higher size.

Men’s Size Charts

Women’s Size Charts

 

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