# How to measure for wide shoes

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Shoes sizes are more complicated than just numbers and halves. In shoe sizes, letters represent the width of a shoe. It is important to wear the shoe right width. Otherwise, you can end up wearing a shoe either too large or too small in length while trying to compensate for the width. Shoe stores have special devices for measuring feet. At home, you can just use a pen or pencil and paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

### Things you need

• Paper
• Pen or pencil
• Ruler

## Instructions

1. 1

Lay a sheet of paper on a hard floor.

2. 2

Place your foot on the paper, and put your weight on it.

3. 3

Outline the shape of your foot with a pen or pencil.

4. 4

Draw a vertical line at the widest point on each side of the foot. The lines should be perfectly parallel.

5. 5

Draw a pair of parallel horizontal lines at the top of the tallest toe outline and at the bottom of the heel.

6. 6

Measure the length and width between the two sets of lines.

7. 7

Determine your numerical shoe size from a shoe size chart appropriate to your gender.

8. 8

Determine your width from a chart.

#### Tips and warnings

• If you are between sizes, choose the larger size.
• Men's sizes are two sizes larger than women's---for example, a men's size 10 is a women's size 12. The width of women's normal-width shoes is typically a B, and men's normal-width shoes are generally a D, wider than women's shoes.
• Do not to tilt your pen or pencil when you draw your foot outline. Keep it perpendicular to your paper.

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