The Essential Guide to Men's Shoe Sizing in Inches

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Even if you know—or think you know—your shoe size, finding footwear that fits can be tricky. That's because while we've all been taught that we must follow the rules since we were in diapers, somehow, shoe manufacturers never got the memo. When it comes to sizing, they make up their own size charts rather than adhere to any standard sizing guidelines. And don't even get us started on international shoe size variances. It's footwear anarchy, if you ask us.

So while we love, love, love shopping for shoes, the experience—especially online—doesn't come without its challenges. Basically, just because you're a size 10 in one brand doesn't necessarily make you a 10 in another (although when it does happen, acknowledge, embrace, and do a happy dance). What then, is a sneakerhead to do? Well, for one, figure out your shoe size in inches first, and the rest will follow—trust us.

Keep reading for our essential guide to finding your men's shoe size in inches.

Measure Your Feet

If a brand doesn't make their shoe size chart available, you may be tempted to write them a strongly worded letter (or let's be real, vent on social media), but we suggest measuring your feet instead. And it's not just foot length you should be after, but width, too. While not all shoes reference their width—often seen as letters that can be decoded to mean "narrow" or "wide"—they should. Knowing both length and width is the key to comfort, and with the help of some basic school supplies (we're talking, ruler, paper, pencil, etc.) it's pretty easy to figure out:

  1. Toward the end of the day (when feet are their most swollen), sit in a chair and place one leg slightly forward and firmly on the floor.
  2. Trace the outline of your foot (wearing a sock) on a piece of paper with a pencil held upright and not at an angle.
  3. Repeat for the other foot.
  4. Use a ruler to measure the longest and widest part of your foot, tracing to the nearest 1/16 inch.
  5. Compare your measurements in inches against the conversion chart and width chart below to determine your shoe size.

Inches to Men's Shoe Size Conversion Chart

Inches U.S. Men's Shoe Size
9 5/16 6
9 1/2 6.5
9 11/16 7
9 13/16 7.5
10 8
10 3/16 8.5
10 5/16 9
10 1/2 9.5
10 11/16 10
10 13/16 10.5
11 11
11 3/16 11.5
11 5/16 12
11 1/2 12.5
11 11/16 13
11 13/16 13.5
12 14
12 3/16 14.5
12 5/16 15

Men's Shoe Width Size Chart

US Shoe Size Narrow (B) Medium (D) Wide (EE) X-Wide (4E) XX-Wide (6E)
6 3 5/16" 3 1/2" 3 11/16" 3 7/8" 4 1/16"
6.5 3 3/8" 3 9/16" 3 3/4" 3 15/16" 4 1/8"
7 3 7/16" 3 5/8" 3 13/16" 4" 4 3/16"
7.5 3 1/2" 3 11/16" 3 7/8" 4 1/16" 4 1/4"
8 3 9/16" 3 3/4" 3 15/16" 4 1/8" 4 5/16"
8.5 3 5/8" 3 13/16" 4" 4 3/16" 4 3/8"
9 3 11/16" 3 7/8" 4 1/16" 4 1/4" 4 7/16"
9.5 3 3/4" 3 15/16" 4 1/8" 4 5/16" 4 1/2"
10 3 13/16" 4" 4 3/16" 4 3/8" 4 9/16"
10.5 3 7/8" 4 1/16" 4 1/4" 4 7/16" 4 5/8"
11 3 15/16" 4 1/8" 4 5/16" 4 1/2" 4 11/16"
11.5 4" 4 3/16" 4 3/8" 4 9/16" 4 3/4"
12 4 1/16" 4 1/4" 4 7/16" 4 5/8" 4 13/16"
12.5 4 1/8" 4 5/16" 4 1/2" 4 11/16" 4 7/8"
13 4 3/16" 4 3/8" 4 9/16" 4 3/4" 4 15/16"
13.5 4 1/4" 4 7/16" 4 5/8" 4 13/16" 5"
14 4 5/16" 4 1/2" 4 11/16" 4 7/8" 5 1/16"
14.5 4 3/8" 4 9/16" 4 3/4" 4 15/16" 5 1/8"
15 4 7/16" 4 5/8" 4 13/16" 5" 5 3/16"

Before we send you on your merry shoe shopping way, let's try an example together; after all, we want to make sure you've got this whole shoe size conversion business down since it can be kind of confusing. So make pretend that you've already measured your feet and they're 10.5 inches long and 4 inches wide. According to the size conversion chart, that would make you a size 9.5 men's shoe. Next, locate your 9.5 shoe size on the shoe width size chart and move across the corresponding row until you find the measurement that matches—or is closest to—your width of 4 inches. You'll find that it's 3 15/16 inches located under column "Medium (D)." That would mean your shoe size is 9.5D or just 9.5 since a medium width is considered "average."

Final Takeway

Now that you have your foot size, write it down and commit it to memory. Really though, your measurements are your ticket to making your next shoe purchase, regardless of what size chart said footwear goes by, with ease—for the most part. Even though we stand by our shoe measuring and sizing guidelines, there's no better way to get a real feel for how shoes fit than by actually putting them on and walking around a bit. So if you have the opportunity to try on a pair of sneakers, boots, loafers, or what have you, before buying them, do it. And if there's a handy dandy salesperson available to offer their help and expertise, take it. Lastly, if all else fails, never underestimate the power of a return policy.

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