Improperly-fitting shoes can cause blisters, bunions, hammer toes, calluses and foot pain. Your shoe size may have changed if you’ve gained or lost weight, worn the same shoes for a while or frequently walk barefoot. Before buying that new pair of shoes, check your current size to ensure a proper fit.
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Things you need
- Ruler or measuring tape
Tape a large, blank sheet of paper to the floor to keep it from sliding.
Place your bare foot in the middle of a sheet. Trace around your foot with a pencil. Repeat with your other foot.
Measure the length of the tracings at their longest point. Reduce this measurement by 5 mm (1/5 of an inch) to account for the width of the pencil and the small gap between your foot and the pencil line.
Measure the two widest points of the tracings. Reduce by 5 mm (1/5 of an inch).
Look up your shoe size in a size conversion chart that translates foot measurements into shoe sizes. Size conversation charts are available at shoe shops and online.
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