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How to measure your feet

Put on the socks you will wear with the shoes you intend to buy, then place a piece of paper under your feet, stand on the paper with your weight bearing down on the foot, trace your foot with a

BE SURE to keep the pen straight up and down at a 90 degree angle, DO NOT angle the pen into the foot. Ask a friend to help you.

Once you have the outline of the foot, you can use a ruler to measure the length from the back of the heel to the tallest toe. Use measurements of the longer foot.

Lastly, using flexible measuring tape, measure around the widest part of your foot. If you do not have measuring tape, you can also use a string and then compare against a ruler.

Once you know the width of both of your feet, look up your shoe size on the work boot size chart below then find your width. Use the wider foot when determining what width to order. 

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Lastly, using flexible measuring tape, measure around the widest part of your foot. If you do not have measuring tape, you can also use a string and then compare against a ruler.

Once you know the width of both of your feet, look up your shoe size on the work boot size chart below then find your width. Use the wider foot when determining what width to order. 


Using a brannock device is another accurate way to measure your shoe size.  You can find a Brannock device at your local shoe store.

It’s important to note that each brand may have some differences in their foot chart. The most accurate measurement is centimeters, use the measurement research the chart on the brand shoe you would like to buy. 

Consequences of the wrong size 

As was mentioned above, wearing the wrong size shoe is not just something you should fix by wearing an extra pair of socks or, worse yet, dealing with the pain of squeezed feet all day. When you wear the wrong size, your big toe can be encouraged to point inward. Over time this can cause a bunion to form. It can also affect your other toes, causing them to point downward with a condition called hammer toe. The rubbing and friction of shoes that don’t fit well can result in calluses on the heels and toes of your feet. And these conditions are nothing you want to just ignore or live with since, if left untreated, you might need surgery to correct them. 

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