Shoes Size International Conversion, Guide & Charts
Finding shoes that fit you perfectly is very important. Poorly fitting shoes can cause numerous health problems like bunions and plantar fasciitis. However, it can be hard to find comfortable shoes especially when you’re buying them from outside your home country. This is also true if you’re purchasing shoes from an online store and don’t have the opportunity to try them on before buying.
Shoe size systems vary from country to country. But the differences shouldn’t stop you from buying the shoes you want, even if it comes from overseas.
Why are there different shoe size systems?
Countries developed their own shoe sizing metrics independently. The UK shoe size system is perhaps the oldest. Developed in 1324 by King Edward II, it is based on the size of a barleycorn.
The US/American shoe size system, which was developed in the 1800s has sizes based on 1/3-inch intervals for whole sizes. In the European Union, your shoe size is the length of your foot with an additional two centimeters for comfort. However, EU sizes is measured in Paris points, which is about 2/3 of a centimeter.
The Japanese shoe size system is perhaps the most straightforward, with shoe sizes measured in centimeters.
How to convert shoe sizes by country
Converting your shoe size by country is easy. Just make sure you have your feet measured properly. Check out our resources on how to measure your feet and find your shoe size correctly. If you know your proper foot measurement, you can easily use our shoe size conversion chart to find the equivalent shoe size in different countries.