I know for one that doing shoe conversions is generally a pain. Whether that be buying shoes online or in the store. Because of this annoyance, I have created these helpful conversion charts on EU shoe size to UK for kids, womens and mens sizes!
I have also added measurements of centimetres and inches so you can measure your feet and shop online in the comfort of your own home if need be. This means that you can jog on (pun intended 😉) and get going with your favourite pair of kicks sooner!
EU Shoe Size To UK Conversion Charts! Kids, Womens & Mens Sizes!
EU Shoe Size To UK Kids Conversion Chart
EU Shoe Size To UK Womens Conversion Chart
EU Shoe Size To UK Mens Conversion Chart
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One thing we always recommend here at FeetSeek is to try on shoes or measure your feet in the afternoon. This is done because the soles of the feet actually swell up during the day due to walking and standing.
By doing this, you will avoid have tight shoes in the morning. Also don’t remember to wear your most used pair of socks for better measurement whether they be white gym socks or your happy work socks. This will add to the overall length of the shoe.
How To Measure The Length Of Your Feet At Home
1. Stand up on a level floor: It is best to measure your feet while standing as the soles of your feet can splay slightly as opposed to sitting.
2. But the heel of your feet against a wall or edge: This is done instead of tracing your feet on paper as you can lose 1-2 centimeters of length when measuring the underhang of the heel.
3. Measure with a ruler parallel to your feet: Next it is get an accurate measurement of your feet. This is best done by also butting the ruler against the edge where your heel is. Next you want to measure from the edge of your largest toe to the back of your heel. Don’t have a ruler? Use this printable ruler to get started.
4. Measure both feet: As a good rule of thumb, it is always best to measure both feet. This is done as it is actually quite common to have feet that are both different lengths. If this is the case, it is best to take the measurement of the largest foot and use that as a guide for the correct shoe size.
5. Wear your favorite socks: Another good pro tip is to always wear your most used pair of socks when trying on or measuring your feet. The thickness of the sock, especially is they are thick gym socks can great increase the overall shoe size.
Be Cautious Of Shoes That Are Too Big Or Small
- Shoes that are too small: Lets face it. There’s nothing worse than a pair of shoes that are way too small. It effects our walking and can really start to become painful. Not to mention other issues that may arise. Tight shoes can actually cause foot sores that can become infected in some cases and lead to foot deformities like bunions or hammertoes.
- Shoes that are too big: At the other end of the spectrum are shoes that are too big which tent to rub on the back of your heal. This quickly causes blisters or calluses which if not treated, can become infected. Also if you are wearing runner shoes or hiking boots that are too large, you also run the risk of twisting or rolling your ankle.
Why Are EU & UK Shoe Sizes So Different?
Upon doing research for this post, I started to ask myself, why exactly does the EU and the UK have different shoe sizing standards? I mean France and the UK aren’t that far away, so why would they have different sizes?
Well after some digging, it goes back to the original shoe makers in the 16th and 17th century. The UK sizing is based on the wooden mechanical tool last. When it comes to measuring of the last, the UK were using units called barleycorn, weird right? This unit is actually measured at 1⁄3 inches.
As for the Continental European system, it is also based on the measurement of the last. But instead the EU standard is based on the measurement unit of Paris Points.
Since then the sizings haven’t really changed much. There also hasn’t been any consolidation in the standards so this is why we still have these conversion issues. A Paris Point measurement comes in at 2⁄3 of a centimetre.
Wrapping It Up
Well that wraps up our guide on EU Shoe Size To UK conversion charts for kids, womens and mens shoes, runners, slippers, boots, football boots, wedges and heels. If we have missed anything, please let use know so we can update the article. Thanks for reading!
One would think that when buying a pair of shoes in the UK, the sizes would include all European countries from Spain to England. Butttt, just to be difficult, there of course has to be different shoes sizing from the EU to the UK 🙄.