Women's International Shoe Size Conversion

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Whether you're an in-store or online shopper, there's something oddly satisfying about locking eyes with a pair of shoes and deciding to try them on—that is, unless you find a slew of international sizes listed. Suddenly, the shoes just got a little less attractive, and you're wondering if you like them enough to invest the time Googling the correct conversion. Thankfully, we're breaking down everything you need to do (and know) about choosing your perfect shoe size. Get ready to screenshot and keep these tips in your back pocket.

Keep scrolling to find our handy international shoe size chart for women.

Measure Your Feet

Serious about getting the perfect fit the first time around? Measure your feet. While you could visit a shoe store and have a salesperson do it for you, it's easy to do yourself. First, make sure you're standing on a flat surface. Then, trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Keep your pen as perpendicular to the paper as possible to produce the most accurate outline. On the tracing you've created, use a ruler to measure from edge of your heel to the tip of your longest toe. Use Chart One below to convert the length of your feet to a U.S. shoe size.

Inches Centimeters U.S. & Canada Europe UK
8-3/16 20.8 4 35 2
8-3/8 21.3 4.5 35 2.5
8-1/2 21.6 5 35–36 3
8-3/4 22.2 5.5 36 3.5
8-7/8 22.5 6 36–37 4
9-1/16 23 6.5 37 4.5
9-1/4 23.5 7 37–38 5
9-3/8 23.8 7.5 38 5.5
9-1/2 24.1 8 38–39 6
9-11/16 24.6 8.5 39 6.5
9-7/8 25.1 9 39–40 7
10 25.4 9.5 40 7.5
10-3/16 25.9 10 40–41 8
10-5/16 26.2 10.5 41 8.5
10-1/2 26.7 11 41–42 9
10-11/16 27.1 11.5 42 9.5
10-7/8 27.6 12 42–43 10
Chart One: Measurement

International Shoe Size Conversion Chart for Women

Now that you have an accurately measured U.S. shoe size, use Chart Two below to find its equivalent in China, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

U.S./Canada China Australia Europe Mexico Japan U.K.
5 35.5 5 35 - 21 2.5
5.5 36 5.5 35.5 - 21.5 3
6 37 6 36 - 22 3.5
6.5 37.5 7 37 - 22.5 4
7 38 7.5 37.5 - 23 4.5
7.5 39 8 38 4.5 23.5 5
8 39.5 8.5 38.5 5 24 5.5
8.5 40 9 39 5.5 24.5 6
9 41 10 40 6 25 6.5
9.5 - 11 41 6.5 25.5 7
10 42 12 42 7 26 7.5
Chart Two: International shoe size equivalents

How to Shop for Shoes Online

If you're buying shoes online, keep these tips in mind:

  • Always check the retailer's return policy for any shoes you buy.
  • These measurements don't take into account the thickness or width of your foot, so check if the shoes come in varying widths. These are usually denoted by "AA" (narrow), "B" (average), "C/D" (wide), or "E" (extra wide). Additionally, you might see "M," indicating a "medium" width.
  • Consider the socks you plan to wear, if any. They can take up room and make shoes feel tighter.
  • No two feet are exactly the same size—measure them both and use the larger measurement.
  • Feet tend to swell a bit as the day goes on, or after you stand on them for a while. Measure your feet when they're at their largest.
  • Consider the materials, manufacturing techniques, embellishments, and other factors that can affect the way a shoe fits.
  • Check the reviews for the shoes you're considering and look for comments regarding how true to size they run.

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