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

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler

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  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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