How to find the perfect shoe size
Getting a really solid measurement of your feet to determine the shoe size you should be wearing is a must. Most people walk miles every day, with every little journey adding up to more than you think. Whether you walk to and from work or the kid’s school, up and down to the coffee machine, to and from the car, or you’re just on your feet all day, you might be surprised at how far your feet are taking you!
This is why it’s crucial to buy a pair of women's shoes that fit properly. A pair of shoes that don’t fit can lead to foot problems like unwanted strain and pressure on your feet, spine, hips, and legs. This could lead to injury, discomfort, or more serious health risks later in life.
Back in the day, most people had their feet professionally measured regularly. Nowadays, that's a rarity. But there's good news: You can do it yourself. You don’t need any fancy equipment (a footwear measuring device is called a Bannock) to measure your feet, just a piece of paper, a pencil, a ruler, and an extra pair of hands.
Read on the steps for how to measure your shoe size.
Take out a piece of notebook paper.
Put your foot on the piece of paper.
Place your foot onto the piece of paper.
We recommend sitting in a chair or crouching, not standing. Also make sure you are on a truly flat surface, like a part of your house with hardwood floors.
Trace your foot.
We recommend using a pen or pencil for this part, so you don't leave any serious markings on your foot and/or sock. When you're done, it should look like your foot tracing is inside a rectangle.
Outline your tracing with straight lines.
Using a ruler, draw a perfectly straight line on each edge of your foot: the toes, each side, and the heel.
Measure the length and width of your foot.
Using your ruler, measure the inches between the two parallel lines on either side of your foot: top to bottom and side to side. Note these two numbers.
Do the same with the other foot.
If you have any doubt over what size you need, it’s always best to go for a larger size, say half or a whole size bigger than you think to make sure the shoes will fit.
The length of the shoe isn’t the only thing you need to consider when selecting shoes that are different sizes, you need to make sure they fit properly widthways as well. Once you have the size that's perfect for you, keep scrolling to shop some irresistible shoe styles.
At Rag & Co we offer varieties of wide fit options, these can be helpful if your feet need more room to breathe. Check it out!
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