Womens Shoes Fitting Guide for UK Women
Thanks for taking the time to read our UK fitting guide for women's shoes. This guide and conversion chart will help you figure out how to find the perfect shoes to fit your feet for shoes, boots, trainers and even flip flops and slippers.
Feet really are a funny old thing in many ways. Some of us have flat feet, other have high arches, some have wide feet and others either have normal feet or strange feet.
There are also a range of foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Morton's Neuroma, Athlete's foot, gout, fungus, corns, bunions, spurs, ingrown toe nails, spurs, calluses and even claw toes and hammer toes.
If your shoes fit properly, then they should feel comfortable, and when that is the case, then you not only protect your feet, but you can stay on them longer, than you normally would. If you can do that, then you can prevent a whole range of foot problems.
Below we explain how to properly and easily measure your feet. Once you know some basic measurements, you will be able to find the perfect shoe size for your feet.
How to Easily Measure Your Feet?
Most good High Street shoe stores will do this for free. Ideally you need to measure the length and also the width of your feet to find the exact size that you need. Most shoe stores have an easy to use guide, and you should ask the assistant to write those measurements down for you.
However if you want to do this at home, then follow the simple guide below.
How to Measure the Length of Your Feet?
However it is very simple to do this in the comfort of your own home. Ideally have someone help you out with this, but it is possible to do this yourself. Here is exactly how to measure your feet in a few simple steps:
- Stand on a level floor with your heel touching a straight edge like a skirting board
- Mark the floor where the end of your big toe is
- Measure the distance between the skirting board and the mark in millimetres
That is the length of your foot. You can now use the conversion guide below to figure out your shoe size. So for example if your foot length was 237 mm, then you would take a Size 5 UK fit. (Size 38 in the EU and Size 7 in the US)
A good way of doing this is to stand on a sheet of A4 blank paper as it is easier to see the mark, and also keeps your floor clean.
Your two feet are most likely not exactly the same length, and that is normal for most people.When picking shoes you should always go for the larger size.
If your foot measurement is in between the exact sizes shown in the table below, again pick the larger size. You will also know that there are half sizes, so they can often be more suitable.
We have also included a video of how to do this just below.
Women's Footwear - Conversion & Measurement Chart
Foot Length (mm)
How to Measure the Width of Your Feet?
You should now know how to measure the length of your feet. It is however also very important to know the width of your feet to make sure you have a very good fit for your shoes. Good quality shoes with a wider width means that the toe box is deeper, and that the tread on the sole is also wider than a standard width shoe.
Just below we have listed how shoe widths are usually referred to in the UK:
- C is a narrow fit
- D is a standard fit
- E is a wide fit
- EE is a slightly wider fit
- EEE is an extra wide fit
- EEEE is an ultra wide fit
Again here are a few simple steps on how to measure the width of your feet in the comfort of your own home.
- You will need a soft measuring tape, which you wrap around the widest part of your foot (not tightly)
- Place your foot on level ground as if you were standing normally
- Mark on the tape the width of your foot in millimetres
You can now refer to our chart below to see which width of shoe you require. (Width is measured in millimetres)
SHOE SIZE (UK)
D - STANDARD
E - WIDE
EE - WIDE
EEE - EXTRA WIDE
EEEE - ULTRA WIDE
So hopefully you now know how to exactly measure the size of your feet. With that knowledge you should be able to determine the perfect size of shoe for your feet.
Please note that the C width is a narrow fit.
Shoe Manufacturers and Sizes
Many women in the UK avoid getting their feet measured properly. You can do this at any good shoe shop for free in most cases. The measurement will include the length of your feet, the width of your feet, and also the height of the arch on your feet.
We would highly recommend getting this done. After all most parents will do that for their kids just to make sure that they have comfortable and well fitting shoes. As the kids age and their feet stop growing that of course is no longer required.
However, our feet do change over time, and it is well worth a quick measurement once a year. That of course is an individual decision and also an individual responsibility.
Shoe manufacturers generally speaking stick to standard sizes for length and width. They will also make shoes specifically for narrow feet and for wide feet.
That all said, the material the shoes are made from, and the way that they are designed will inevitably mean that there will be small differences in the actual fit. That is because materials will behave differently when put under the pressure of your weight pressing down on your feet.
As an example, a soft leather shoe construction will move a little more, than a harder leather, or some other synthetic material such as a textile.
Shoe Manufacturers in the UK
You will not need us to tell you that there are lots of manufacturers of shoes in the UK. It would be close to impossible to list every women's shoe brand, as there are so many. They generally speaking all work to the same standards and measurements that we have shown above.
The most popular are:
- Joe Browns
- Shoes International
- Hush Puppies
- Pied a Terre
You can buy women's shoes at all of the above along with M&S, next, Matalan, New Look etc. Then there are of course all of the budget shops available. As mentioned most will have the standard sizes. However not that many offer half sizes in shoes, and some women will need to have those particular half sizes.
Clarks for example do offer half sizes, and some of the better brands do as well.
The Humble Human Foot
Did you know that the human foot has:
- 250,000 sweat glands
- 50 ligaments
- 33 joints
- 42 muscles
As you can see from the list above, there are quite a lot of both moving and fixed parts, in the human foot. The vast majority of foot problems develop for one single reason. That reason is women wearing shoes that don't fit properly. In some cases that is because ladies sacrifice comfort and well being for fashion.
However, that is not always the case, and for the general population of UK females, it is simply down to lack of knowledge.
That is the main reason that we have put this guide together. If you know exactly how to find the perfect fit for your shoes, then that will go a very long way to avoiding most types of foot problem.