Size guide for shoes
How do I know if the shoes will fit my feet?
We strive to make sure that the product information will show whether the shoe is larger or smaller than the standard size. Some shoes are more suitable for narrow or wide feet. Other customers’ reviews are also a great help, so please look and see if there are any reviews for the shoes you are interested in. This information is built up depending on whether the customers who bought the shoes in question write about their experiences. Help others and share your thoughts!
How do I find out my exact size?
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to say what your ideal size is for different kinds of shoes. It varies depending on the brand, material, and the type of shoe. Our best advice is to look at your old shoes to see what sizes you selected earlier. Hopefully your previous size will also apply for the next pair from the same brand. When you buy shoes for sport and exercise, remember that feet swell during exercise, so do not buy a pair that fits exactly. To avoid blisters, the shoes shouldn’t be too loose or too tight. Have you still got blisters? Take it easy - some shoes take a while to mould to your feet, especially leather shoes.
Remember that we offer a 30 day cooling-off period, so you can always try the shoes at home indoors in peace and quiet!
How can I be sure that a pair of boots will fit me?
In addition to size, consider the shaft height (height of the boot on the leg) and shaft width (how the boot fits around the leg). Measure the shaft height with a tape measure, from the sole of the foot above the ankle and up the calf. A boot with a shaft height of 26 centimetres will end precisely where the tape measure shows 26 centimetres on your calf. The shaft width gives the widest part of the boot shaft. Measure with a tape measure around the leg where the calf is widest.
What about children’s sizes?
Since the sizes may differ between brands, it is difficult to give a general list of measurements. Some brands give the interior dimensions, so for these you should measure your child's foot length:
• Place a piece of paper on the floor and let the child stand on the paper.
• Ensure that the foot is fully stretched and that the child has his or her weight on the foot being measured.
• Make a mark at the heel and where the longest toe ends.
• Then use a ruler to measure the distance between the two marks.
Measure the child's feet and shoes regularly. Often you can take out the shoe's insole and measure this. When the child is walking and running, the foot moves about 5 mm per step forward and so there should be enough space for this in both new and old shoes. When there is less than 5 mm left in the old shoes, it's time to buy new ones.
How much bigger than the foot should children’s shoes be?
- It depends a little on what kind of shoe it is. A benchmark is to never buy new shoes that are less than 1 cm longer than the foot.
• Sandals with closed toes: 1.5 cm
• Sandals with open toes: 1 cm
• Walking shoes: 1-1.5 cm
• Boots: 1.5-2 cm
• Rubber boots: 1.5-2 cm (felt soles are recommended at the beginning)
• Formal shoes: 1-1.5 cm Sports shoes: 1-1.5 cm
• Moccasins: 1-1.5 cm
• Learn-to-walk shoes: 1.5 cm
How do I check if my child's shoes fit well?
If you follow the above recommendations, the length will usually be right. It is important, however, to focus not only on the length, but also that it should sit comfortably around and not be loose around the foot.
Put on the untied/unfastened shoes and measure the foot length by pushing the child's foot forward as far as it will go in the shoe. A finger down behind the heel corresponds to approximately 1.5 cm room for growth.
Push the foot back. Insert your hand into the shoe and feel around the foot to make sure that the shoe does not pinch and that it isn’t too large and therefore moves back and forth.
Tie or fasten the shoe. Look one last time around the ankle. Does it fit well?
Let the child walk around. Does the child walk naturally or are the shoes too big and flap around? In the best-case scenario, the shoe should look good at this point.
Don’t bother pushing down on the toe of the shoe! It doesn’t really tell you anything about how the foot is sitting inside the shoe.
If the shoes feel a little big, it does not necessarily mean that they are completely the wrong size, especially if the child has a narrow foot. One suggestion is that you start out by using insoles in the child's shoes and that you then remove them when the child's feet have grown a little. This is also a perfect way to warm small feet in the cold during the winter and then you can remove the insoles when the spring warmth comes. This also keeps the shoe fresher for longer. Good, eh?
Also don’t forget to choose good socks! For the best comfort in a pair of shoes that wick away moisture (equipped with Gore-Tex© for example) use wool/acrylic socks over cotton, which just absorbs the liquid.