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Proper Shoe Sizing

Finding Your Foot Size:

If you look at the hands of any two persons, you will notice differences in palm shape, hand and finger length and width, and other shapes and proportions. These slight differences make every person's hands unique. Your feet and hands have a similar bone structure. Feet also vary in arch length, width, length and toe length, among other variances. When you wear shoes, it is important to have a proper fit for your unique feet.

To ensure a proper fit, you should have your feet measured by a Brannock Device. A Brannock Device is best used by a shoe salesperson, who is trained to use it to obtain an accurate measurement of the size of your foot. A Brannock Device measures toe length, arch length and foot width.

  • Toe Length: The total length of your foot.
  • Arch length: The shoe size that corresponds to the length of your arch. This may not be the same as the toe length. Although toe length is generally the same for both feet, the arch length can be very different between feet.
  • Foot width: The width of your foot. Your width may not correspond to the length of your foot. For example, it is possible to have short and wide feet or long and narrow feet.

Here are some tips for fitting your shoes:

  • Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet changes as you grow older.
  • Have BOTH of your feet measured. Many people have one foot that is larger than the other foot. Fit your shoes to the largest foot.

Additional Information:

Click on the links below to learn more about how to fit a shoe correctly, improper shoe fitting, shoe sizes and what they mean, and to look at a sizing chart.

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