Ladies' Shoe Size Table

UK 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½
US & Can 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½
European 35 35 36 36 37 38 38 39 40 40 41 41 42 43 43 44 45 45
Australia 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½
Japan 22 22.5 23 23.5 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29
Mondopoint 220 225 230 235 235 240 245 250 255 260 260 265 270 275 280 285 290 290
UKUS & CanEurAusJapMon
2435422220
3522.5225
3536523230
3623.5235
4637623.5235
3824240
5738724.5245
3925250
6840825.5255
4026260
7941926260
4126.5265
810421027270
10½4310½27.5275
911431128280
11½4411½28.5285
1012451229290
10½12½4512½29290

 

The table above uses British ladies' shoe sizes as its base and gives conversions to other sizes that are correct for the top of the size, so if you are only just into a size you may need the size below that given here.

Men's Shoe Size Table

UK 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12
US/Can 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13
Euro 35 36 36 37 38 38 39 40 40 41 42 42 43 43 44 45 45 46 47 47
Aus 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12
Japan 22.5 23 23.5 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29 29.5 30 30.5
Mondo 225 230 235 235 240 245 250 255 260 260 265 270 275 280 285 290 290 295 300 305
UKUS & CanEurAusJapMon
3522.5225
3436323230
3623.5235
4537423.5235
3824240
5638524.5245
3925250
6740625.5255
4026260
7841726260
4226.5265
8942827270
4327.5275
91043928280
10½4428.5285
1011451029290
10½11½4510½29290
1112461129.5295
11½12½4711½30300
1213471230.5305

 

The table above uses British shoe sizes as its base and gives conversions to other sizes that are correct for the top of the size, so if you are only just into a size you may need the size below that given here.

British men's shoe sizes are based on a fixed scale originating from the middle ages.

Boy's & Girl's Shoe Size Table

UK 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13
US & Can 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13 M1/L2
European 22 23 24 24 25 26 26 27 28 28 29 29 30 31 31 32
Australia 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13
Japan 14 14.5 15 15.5 15.5 16 16.5 17 17.5 18 18 18.5 19 19.5 20 20.5
Mondopoint 140 145 150 155 155 160 165 170 175 180 180 185 190 195 200 205
UKUS & CanEurAusJapMon
62214140
623614.5145
72415150
724715.5155
82515.5155
826816160
92616.5165
927917170
102817.5175
1010½281018180
10½112910½18180
1111½291118.5185
11½123011½19190
1212½311219.5195
12½133112½20200
13M1/L2321320.5205

 

The table above uses British children's shoe sizes as its base and gives conversions to other sizes that are correct for the top of the size, so if you are only just into a size you may need the size below that given here.

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UK Mens Shoes
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The British shoe sizing system was created by Edward II in 1324 and that sizing system is still used to manufacture footwear for the UK. The King's system is based on the size of a barleycorn.

With all the attention that shoe designs get these days, it's rather hard to believe that the shoe sizing system is still rooted in 14th century measurements. The British shoe sizing system was created by Edward II in 1324 and that sizing system is still used to manufacture footwear for the UK. The King's system is based on the size of a barleycorn.

The Romans had used the barleycorn as a measurement for years, so the King agreed that that system made perfect sense. Each barleycorn measures 1/3 of an inch and 36 barleycorns placed end to end was the size of Edward's foot, his shoe size was labeled 12. Smaller sizes were graded down by 1/3 of an inch and marked accordingly. Half sizes of 1/6 of an inch are also used. For larger feet sizes the size scale has been extended beyond 12. The average UK size today is a 9; ten years ago it was an 8.

The British shoe sizing system starts at 0 and then it increases 1/3 of an inch for whole sizes and 1/6 of an inch for half sizes. So if a child's shoe size is 1 that equals one hand and one corn. A hand equates to 4 inches, which is still used to measure horses. Children's sizes will continue to increase by 1/3 of an inch until size 13 and then the next size would be an adult men's size 1.

In the British sizing system, a size is considered to be 1/3 of an inch larger than the actual foot size. The width measurement also affects the fit of different shoe sizes. The British system includes an F fitting which is the standard width of a foot. A narrow size in width can be marked E, EX or E+, which is halfway between an E and an F fitting. A wide width is marked G, H, GX, FX or F+, which is halfway between a wide G and an F fitting. The H is extra wide and the G comes after an F in width, which is just considered wide. The GX fitting is an extra wide size, which is between a G and the extra wide H size.

The British sizing system is used throughout the UK and South Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the British West Indies. The US did use the British sizing system until the late 1890s.

When the Goodyear Welting machine was introduced in Britain in 1871, British shoemaking and shoe sizing were transformed. The Goodyear Welt machine stitches the sole to the shoe, which makes shoes easy to repair, more durable and much more flexible than their hand stitched predecessors. Shoe lasts, which are the templates that give shoes their shape had to be adjusted in order for the British sizes to fit properly, so the old barleycorn system has gone through several adjustments due to the fact that shoes are manufactured using different constructions. Different shoe manufacturers use different last measurements to produce a size run of shoes, so shoes marked with same size may not fit the same.

The current British standard for shoe sizes is ISO 9407 "Shoe sizes -- Mondopoint system of sizing and marking", however it is very rare to find mondopoint sizes on everyday shoes in Britain.

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