How to convert women's shoe size to men's shoe size using a chart

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Cross the boundaries between men's and women's shoes with ease when you understand how to convert shoe sizes. Use a chart to help you convert women's shoe sizes to men's shoe sizes. Once you see how the gender sizing converts on the chart and you learn about other differences between the shapes and sizes of men's feet and women's feet, you will be able to more easily convert shoe sizes between genders.

Understand that U.S. women's shoes are listed as 1.5 sizes larger than U.S. men's shoes. For example, a woman's size 7 shoe converts to a men's size 5.5 shoe; a woman's size 8.5 shoe converts to a men's size 7 shoe.

Visit to view a chart that shows international shoe sizing conversion information.

Find the U.S. and Canada section of the chart. This section is separated into two sections---M for men and W for women. View the sizing for women as you look across the chart horizontally and then look immediately above each size to find the comparable size in men's shoes.

Notice the European sizing at the top of the chart and compare it to U.S. sizing. European sizing is unisex--there is no differentiation between sizing for genders. For example, a European size of 40 converts to a U.S. size 7.5 for men and size 9 for women.

Realise that straight conversion between men and women's shoes sizes may not result in an accurate fit. A woman's foot is narrower than a man's foot at the Achilles tendon, the heel and the ball of the foot. Women also usually have a higher arch, a higher instep and longer toes than men.

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