When going to the market or shop to purchase your most wanted imported shoe brand, it can be a little tricky since foot measurement for one country generally differs from another. The best reference in such case is the use of an international shoe size chart. Though sizes differ, each country is not totally distinct because based on studies, there are 7 major shoe-size measuring systems employed by shoe manufacturers around the world. The system used by the US, UK, European, and the Japanese are the ones widely used today. Aside from these, women and the children also have their respective shoe size measuring system.
For you to use your shoe size chart accurately, you should first have an accurate size of your feet. The best method in doing so is to draw a print of your feet on a piece of paper while they lie flat and even unto the ground. To get the exact width or girth, you should be standing on all your body weight. Measure the imprints with a measuring tool either a ruler or tape measure. Allot a discrepancy or margin of error of at least 1/8 of an inch.
There might be instances where one foot measures larger than the other. Whenever the size difference is too small which can be neglected, you may then proceed in making use of your shoe size chart and on the shoe purchase. When the size difference is rather large, you may opt to order un-matching pair or perhaps have your shoes custom made just to ensure comfort.
The use of shoe size chart is rather simple. Initially, you must have your own shoe size in mind, when buying in behalf of your family, get this detail prior hand. The chart normally has separate tables for the adult men, women, boys, girls, and the children or babies. Among the rows are the countries or regions where the shoe measuring system is based, choose which among these, you are planning to purchase your shoes. Compare your country’s sizes with that of the imported pair. You should be able to compare them side by side and have your desired size converted.
When using the chart, take note whether values are expressed in inches, centimeters, or millimeters. Also note that the Shimano shoe size chart has a bit smaller range, when planning to go for the size 44 on the regular scale, make it 45 when making use of Shimano chart.
Finally, children have also their own kids shoe size chart. When using such scale in choosing and eventually purchasing your child’s pair of shoes, there are considerations that you should take note. One example is their feet’s phase of growth, babies and children’s feet during the first three years normally grow so rapid, and hence, you might want to allot some size allowance.