For anyone who loves sneakers, finding the perfect pair is essential. But with so many different brands and styles out there, it can be tough to know where to start—especially when it comes to sizing. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about sneaker sizing.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned pro, this guide will help you find the perfect fit every time.
How To Choose The Correct Shoe Size
Buying your dream sneakers is not that easy. Now imagine returning your recently worn sneakers because they would not fit your feet. That’s something we don’t want anyone to experience as the return process for your new sneakers could be more tedious for some.
So how do you get the correct sneaker size the first time around? Simply follow these instructions.
Do it in the store
Always try sneakers in-store before you buy them. This way, you can get a feel for how they fit and make sure they’re comfortable.
If you’re buying sneakers online, be sure to check the return policy in case you need to exchange them for a different size.
Wear socks and do it in the afternoon
Wear the socks you’ll be using often with your shoes. It is advisable that you start sizing your feet in the afternoon as your feet typically swell during the day.
Stand straight with your heel against the wall and a piece of paper under your foot
This step is very straightforward. Tape a piece of paper where you’ll be placing your foot, then stand straight with your heel touching the wall.
Trace your foot on the paper
With a pencil or pen, trace your foot on the piece of paper under it to outline the size of your foot. You may have to ask for assistance on this part since you must remain upright for a more accurate measurement of your foot.
Measure your foot
With a ruler, start measuring the outline of our foot on the piece of paper.
Get a feel of your shoes
Pay attention to how your toes feel when you’re wearing sneakers. They should have enough room to wiggle around without being cramped up.
When in doubt, go up a size. It’s always better to have a little extra room in your shoes than to be cramped up. Plus, you can always wear thick socks if they’re too big.
You should be able to get an accurate measurement of your feet after doing those steps. You may refer to this sizing guide to get the right sneaker size that you should be buying.
Things To Consider When Sizing Your Foot
One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying sneakers is width. Depending on the brand, most sneakers come in either regular width or wide width. Some brands also offer extra-wide widths, but these are less common. Not sure which width is right for you? Here’s a quick rundown:
- If you have narrow feet, go with regular width.
- If you have average-sized feet, go with a regular or wide width.
- If you have wide feet, go with wide or extra-wide width.
Remember, not all brands size their shoes the same way. So, if you’re unsure about which width to get, always err on the side of caution and choose the wider option. Better too much room than not enough!
Available Shoe Sizes
Now that you know about widths, let’s talk about sizes. When it comes to sneakers, sizes generally fall into one of two categories: men’s sizes and women’s sizes. Men’s sizes are typically represented by a number (e.g., 8, 9, 10), while women’s sizes are typically represented by a letter (e.g., 8B, 9M).
In some cases, both men’s and women’s sizes may be represented by a number followed by a letter (e.g., 8M, 9W).
As far as actual numbers go, sneaker sizes generally run true to size. So if you usually wear a size 8 shoe, chances are you’ll take an 8 in sneakers as well. However, depending on the brand and style of the sneaker, there may be some slight variations.
For example, certain brands tend to run larger or smaller than others. And platform shoes or bulky styles may also run slightly larger than usual because of their extra weight and material.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when trying to find your sneaker size is that sizes can vary greatly depending on the brand. For example, a size 10 Nike shoe will generally be a lot bigger than a size 10 Puma shoe. That’s why it’s so important to know your measurements and to try on shoes before you buy them whenever possible.
To make things even more complicated, some brands use different sizing systems for different types of shoes. For instance, Adidas uses UK sizes for its running shoes and US sizes for its basketball shoes. So, if you’re looking at two pairs of Adidas sneakers and one is listed as a size 10 UK and the other is listed as a size 10 US, they’re actually going to be different sizes.
For this reason, it’s always important to pay attention to the sizing system that’s being used when shopping for sneakers online.
Buying the perfect fitting pair of sneakers doesn’t have to be hard. Just keep in mind that sizes can vary greatly depending on the brand and that you should always double-check the sizing system being used before making a purchase.
And if you’re ever unsure, don’t hesitate to measure your feet beforehand so that you know for sure what size you need. Happy shopping!