There are lots of benefits to buying shoes online; one is convenience and the other is variety. The downside to buying shoes online is the inability to try them on first.
This shoe sizing guide is designed specifically to help customers simplify the process of buying shoes online.
In this article, we would be explaining some common shoe terminology, tips on finding your shoe size and what to expect when you buy new shoes.
Before diving into this shoe sizing guide let's familiarize ourselves with some common terminology.
Most shoes are made with 4 major components; upper, insole, midsole, and outsole.
This is the external structure of a shoemaking up the part that covers the top and sides of the foot.
There are several subcomponents that make up the shoe upper such as toe, vamp, tongue, eyelets, quarter, collar and welt.
This is a thick layer between the insole and outsole which is designed to provide cushioning and shock absorption.
The midsole is non-removable and it is usually attached to the outsole. A lot of athletic shoes have a lightweight midsole while more rugged shoes like boots have a polyurethane midsole.
The sole of the shoe is usually referred to as an outsole in the footwear industry.
This is the bottom portion of the shoe that is in contact with the ground.
The most common material as an outsole material is the synthetic rubber, this is because it is durable and it provides good traction.
While you are seated, place your foot on a piece of paper. Trace around your foot using a pencil and ensure that the pencil is held as straight up and down as possible.
When measuring, make sure that the pencil is in contact with your foot during the process.
After this, measure your tracing with a ruler to help you determine the length and width of your foot.
To find the length of your foot measure the distance between the two longest points on the tracing.
Reduce what you get from this by 5mm, the final result is the length of your foot and it is the number that will help you to determine your shoe size.