How to choose the right shoe width size

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How to choose the right shoe width size
Measure your foot width to ensure a proper shoe fit. (ShotShare/iStock/Getty Images)

Early Egyptian civilisations pioneered the footwear industry, with sandals made of plaited papyrus leaves. Today, the average person walks around 2,000 miles per year. Choose the right shoe width size when purchasing shoes, in order to avoid blisters and a generally uncomfortable fit.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Sizing chart

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  1. 1

    Sit in a chair and place your sock-clad foot in the middle of a blank white sheet of paper. Use a pen or pencil to mark the widest point of the outside of your foot, then mark the widest point on the inside of your foot.

  2. 2

    Measure the distance between the two marks on your sheet of paper to discover your true foot width. Write this number down on your sheet of paper, as you will need it in order to determine your particular shoe width size.

  3. 3

    Look at a shoe size conversion chart (see link in Resources section). Find your shoe size on the chart and look at the horizontal columns to the right of your shoe size to convert your foot size to an official shoe width size. Men's shoe width sizes range from "F" (narrow) to "H" (wide). Women's shoe width sizes range from "D" (standard) to "EE" (extra wide).

Tips and warnings

  • Do not measure only one foot, because your right and left foot may be different widths. If you fail to measure both, one of your shoes may not fit correctly.

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