How to convert men's shoes to women's

Women may choose to wear men's shoes if they find the shoes visually appealing, if they want to make a unique fashion statement or for specific athletic purposes. Women with large feet who have a difficult time finding shoes in their size may wear men's shoes out of necessity since men's shoes are available in larger sizes than women's. Whether by choice or necessity, men's shoes may be converted to women's by using a simple mathematical formula.

Measure your feet. Use a measuring tape to measure the length of each foot from the heel to the end of the longest toe, or use a foot-measuring device found in any shoe store for an accurate measurement. If one foot is larger than the other, use the measurement of the larger foot to ensure a comfortable fit.

Determine the correct women's shoe size for you. Women's shoes run from size 5 to size 15 ½. Find the length of your foot in the shoe conversion chart and determine the corresponding women's shoe size. For example, a woman with a foot that measures 9 ½ inches would wear a size 7 in women's shoes.

Convert the shoe size. Men's shoes are approximately 1 ½ sizes larger than women's shoes. Therefore, a woman who wears a size 7 in women's shoes would wear a 5 1/2 in men's shoes. To convert men's shoe sizes to women's shoe sizes, add 1 ½ to the men's size.

Try on the shoes. Wear appropriate socks when trying on the shoes to determine the most accurate fit. Try on both shoes and notice any slipping or gaps that occur while walking, which are signs that the shoes are too large. Test the shoes adequately, including running and jumping in them if they are athletic shoes to be used for that purpose.


For the most accurate fit, try on shoes at the end of the day when feet are the most swollen.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
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