About Shoe Sizing Charts

Shopping on the Internet has become a routine and time-saving activity. However, when shopping on line, you are dealing with representations of what you want to purchase and not the actual item. The process can be somewhat time-consuming for items such as shoes and clothing.

The online purchasing of shoes, clothing and other apparel can be extremely difficult at times because understanding the sizes of things can be a most perplexing thing. Furthermore, you cannot try the items on for size. All you have to work with are some pictures, descriptions and charts.

You buy your wife a sweater. She is a size 6. What does that mean? A young teen buys a pair of jeans. The size is 00. If size 0 is nothing, what does 00 mean? Men have to face the dilemma of deciding if they can still wear the “athletic fit” or need something with a little more room for comfort reasons.

Shoes especially can be very difficult. First, there are the numbers that go from size 2 or 3 up to 10 or 12. Children might need a big 2 in contrast to the small 2 they wore when they were babies. The widths are measured in letters with the only hint to their meaning is that the higher the letter the wider the shoe. Now, it is uncertain if the increasing number of the same letters can mean different things. A woman’s show might come in size A for a narrow foot.

Therefore, does AA provide for a narrower foot or a slightly wider foot? A size D is a wide foot, but again is DD a much wider foot or a narrower foot?

Shoes made in numerous countries around the world use different measuring systems. Consider the overall situation as described by Wikipedia: “There are several different shoes-size systems. These are used worldwide.”

These systems differ in what they measure, what units used for determining the size. Also, they decide when the size 0 (or 1) is the first position. Only a few systems also take the width of the feet into account.”

Now consider the following: One Australian shoe store offers a conversion chart. Think about this situation. A man from the United States might wear a size 9. However, according to the chart, in Australia and the United Kingdom, it would be a size 8. In most of Europe, it would be a size 42. If the size was converted to centimeters as in the metric system, the size would be 25.8 cm.

Then, to add to the confusion, there is no standard that applies to the conversion. One country may round off the numbers to the higher level and another to the lower. Different manufacturers use their own measurements that they post on the labels inside the shoes and on the boxes and yes, they may vary from the norm for that country. This will only cause more variations among the countries.

You want to buy a pair of shoes, and the online purchasing has raised comparison shopping to a new and sometimes frustrating level. There is hope.

Here on http://www.shoesizingcharts.com/ we are working hard to remove as much confusion as possible by offering all the charts, including the charts of the manufacturers. You have to do a little comparison shopping, and sometimes you have to have a little faith. If you have a favorite brand of shoe and their company chart is available, use that as your guiding point, or your North Star so to speak.

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