How to find out my shoe size

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How to find out my shoe size
Properly fitting shoes are essential to both comfort and maintaining healthy feet. (Getty Images)

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.

Things you need

  • Tape
  • Ruler or measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Tape a large, blank sheet of paper to the floor to keep it from sliding.

  2. 2

    Place your bare foot in the middle of a sheet. Trace around your foot with a pencil. Repeat with your other foot.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Measure the two widest points of the tracings. Reduce by 5 mm (1/5 of an inch).

  5. 5

    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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