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It's a fact of life that we all come in different shapes and sizes. It's this beauty and individuality that we strive to cater for at elevate your sole. However, it does sometimes come with its problems! A question that I'm regularly asked concerns shoe sizing and the apparent lack of a standard size system. From Barleycorns to Paris points, I'll briefly explain a couple of these sizing systems, but more importantly, how you can put them to use today.
A bit of jargon busting to start us off! Most shoes are built on 'lasts', which is a mould used to give the shoe its style, shape and corresponding internal volume including length. A particular last could suit your feet perfectly, but for the person with a wider or narrower foot, it may not be suitable.
The UK shoe sizing system dates back to the 13th Century when King Edward II brought into statute a unit of measurement called a barleycorn. Measuring 1/3 inch (8.46mm), this is used to denote the difference between shoe sizes (last length) working backwards from a UK 13 (12 inch foot measurement) i.e. if your foot measures 11.67 inch you’d be a UK 12, 11.33 inch you’d be a UK 11 and so on. This system is still widely in use today. However, most shoes available for sale in the UK are made using EU lasts.
The internal length of a shoe (last length) for shoes made for continental Europe is expressed in Paris points. These measure at 2/3cm (6.67mm) between sizes. You may have already noticed an issue here. As an example, the difference between an EU 36 and 37 is 6.67mm whereas the difference between a UK 3 and 4 is 8.46mm. No EU-UK size aligns perfectly from UK 3-15, EU 35-50.
Luckily for us, the friendly people at ISO have developed a standard conversion table (which I've condensed below). You'll also note that I have included links to the different size pages (click on your size), which explain in more detail about a particular size conversion.
To measure the length of your feet, place your foot on a level ground with your heel against the wall. With a ruler measure to your longest toe in millimeters and find the corresponding size below.
It's perfectly normal to have different sized feet too, my left foot is about 1/2 a size bigger than my right. Always go for the bigger size.
This may all seem too much like hard work, but there's good news! My best advice is to know your feet, it's really easy to measure them. Also, I'm fitting these shoes every day and I can quickly recognise whether a style is fitting small or large on my customers and I will share this information on the individual product page.
The individual product pages will offer the sizes stated by the manufacturer and we will regularly update these pages with our own sizing suggestions.
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