How to Measure Your Foot Shoe Size – The Most Simple and Effective Way!

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Are you one of the many women who went through the frustrating experience of ordering shoes online, just to find out that they don’t fit your feet correctly? In order to find your correct shoe size you need to know your exact foot length, your correct foot width, as well as your instep height. 

I have noticed through the yeas that most women tend to wear shoes that are too short or too narrow for their feet.

Getting the correct shoe size is extremely important if you want to keep your feet and legs healthy. I have helped hundreds of women figure out their actual foot size.

I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years. Moreover, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

There are several online measuring tools that claim to provide you with your correct foot size. I feel like this apps fail to retrieve the correct foot size as they don’t take into account the instep height. Women who have high insteps need to look for deeper shoes in order to prevent the top part of their feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.

I came up with the most effective way to help women figure out their exact foot size from home and all you will need is a measuring tape or a ruler.

How to Measure Your Foot Size – FREE and in 2 Simple Steps!

1️⃣ Take note of your foot length: Make sure that you are standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your heels. Make a note of your foot measurement in centimeters or inches.

     ⚠️  Always measure both feet and measure to your longest toe which doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.

2️⃣ Take 2 pictures of your feet: I will need 2images of your feet in order to determine whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. These images will also help me determine whether you have a high instep or not. Below you can find samples of the angles the images should be taken:

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These images will also help me determine whether you have flat feet or a regular arch.

3️⃣ Optional: This third step is optional. If you are experiencing foot or leg pain I suggest that you include an additional image that will help me determine if you have rolled ankles or not.

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Once you have your foot measurements and the 2 images of your feet email me that information to:

comfortablewomenshoes@gmail.com 

I suggest that you tell me if you are located in the United States or overseas in case you need specific shoe recommendations. I will respond back with your exact foot measurements and exact foot shape in less than 24 hours.

What Happens Next? – This is How I Retrieve Your Exact Foot Shape

At the shoe store that I work for we have been using the Brannock device (the standard foot measuring tool) to measure children’s, women’s, and men’s feet for over 30 years. I will input the measurements that you sent me in the Brannock device in order to retrieve your exact foot length.

You can buy this device if you want to but I understand that not all women can afford to invest $65 dollars in a foot measuring device, so I am offering this service for free. Even women who have bought this device told me that they had a hard time using it.

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Stop Wasting Time and Money by Constantly Having to Return your Shoes

If you are buying your shoes online without knowing your actual foot size, you will end up losing a lot of time and money.

Women should check their foot size at least once a year, because foot size can vary due to age, weight, or foot issues such as calluses.

Knowing your exact foot size is only the first step when trying to find your correct shoe size. I mention this because your foot size won’t automatically translate into your exact shoe size, since there is no universal standard for shoe sizing.

Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the final size that you get for your feet.

As a recommendation, you should always wear a half a size longer of the size that you measured in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.

Bear in mind that if you measure a foot size 6 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 7 in order to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).

I have fitted most women shoe styles before and I am familiar with how their shoe styles are cut (short, long, narrow, wide), so please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime you have doubts or questions about a particular shoe style: comfortablewomenshoes@gmail.com 

Do You Also Need to Retrieve Your Child’s Foot Size?

Do you happen to need your kids’ feet measured measured but don’t have a local shoe store where you can take them? I actually created an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to measure your kids’ foot size from home and you can find it here:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

I am looking forward to helping you find your exact foot size!

About Juan Pablo Valenzuela 17 Articles
My name is Juan Valenzuela and I have been fitting women's shoes for the last 10 years. I have helped several women who claimed that their feet were too wide or too narrow to find that particular shoe style that they didn’t even know it existed. I have also helped women who were experiencing a certain foot condition such as flat feet, overpronation, bunions hammer toes, find the perfect pair of shoes to help prevent and treat those foot conditions. I know which shoe brands and shoe styles are better than others and if you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style please do not hesitate to contact me.

10 Comments

  1. This is a very informative article and answered a lot of questions I’ve had for years. I’m still confused how finding the heel to ball of the foot will effect the shoe size. I have really short toes and after an unsuccessful foot surgery, now need extra wide shoes. I’How will knowing this measurement help me find the right size? Or do I just need to get the Brannock and it’ll be self-explanatory? I’ve been in so much foot and really appreciate your help.

    • Hello Nancy,

      The Brannock Device comes with detailed instructions on how to use it, and it is the most effective foot measuring tool. Do you have a good fitting shoe store in your area that might be able to help you find your exact foot size?

      If you need extra wide shoes, there is a key feature that your shoes must provide in addition to come labeled as extra wide. The shoes must be deep, since this feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevent the top part of your feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. You can find a selection of the best extra wide and deep shoes in another article I wrote called:

      The Best Extra Wide Width Shoes for Women – Deep, Supportive, Flexible, and with a Round Toe-Box!

      I hope this helps.

  2. Hi

    Your article is very interesting.

    I realised recently that I have knock knees. I have always had them, however I didn’t know that it was a condition. Can I correct them by wearing the appropriate shoes?

    I am 21 years old and my knock knees are really bothering me, not just because of the way I walk (which looks weird) but also because of the knee pain sometimes.

    I read a lot about exercises that one could do to correct them but couldn’t find a lot of positive reviews on that.

    • Hello Martina.

      You can try correcting them by wearing the appropriate shoes, and if you don’t see an improvement after 3 months of wearing them you can try inserting an orthotic for extra support. I need to know what type of shoes you are wearing now, and if you provide me with your correct shoe size (length and width), I will be able to send you specific shoe recommendations. Feel free to email me a picture of the shoes that you are wearing at: comfortablewomenshoes@gmail.com

  3. Hi Juan. Thank you for offering this service for free. I just emailed you my measurements and the 2 images to determine my instep height. I always struggle to find shoes that fit and I have a feeling it might be from having a high instep. I am looking forward to your response!

    • Hi Sophie,

      I wanted to confirm that I received your email. I will get back to you with your foot measurements shortly. 

  4. I found you in Google when looking how to find my correct foot size. I have been having pain on the top part of my feet which I didn’t know it’s called the instep. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have known it was my instep causing my foot pain . Do you have an article that recommends shoes for high instep? 

  5. Hi. I received my measurements and my foot size was very different from what I was expecting as I always thought I had wide feet but never actually knew had extra wide feet with a high instep. This is so helpful as now I will be looking for shoes in extra wide and not regular wide. Thank you for this free service I am sure a lot of women will find it helpful.

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