European Shoe Sizes Explained

European Shoe Sizes Explained

Finding your perfect shoe size can be a difficult proposition.  The foot is three-dimensional so length is only one of the things that must be considered (length, width, height).  Add in the fact that today‚Äôs footwear market consists of brands from the United States, Europe, and elsewhere and things get even more convoluted.

When shopping European brands you will notice that the adult sizes are listed as a number from 35-49.  Keep in mind that just as US sizes are not a direct correlation to the inches of the length of your foot, European shoes sizes are NOT a direct correlation to the length of your foot in centimeters.  Below is a link to the size conversion charts so you can convert your US size to European size.  Please keep in mind that this is a general guideline and that some brands run small and others run large (see brand specific conversion charts at bottom of the size conversion char page).

General Rule of Thumb

  • Convert men's US sizing to Euro Sizing by adding 33 to your US shoe size. For example, if you wear a men's US size 10 shoe then size 43 is likely your Euro size.
  • Convert women's US sizing to Euro Sizing by adding 31 to your US shoe size. For example, if you wear a women's US size 8 shoe then size 39 is likely your Euro size. 

Click here to view conversion charts from US Shoe size to Euro Shoe size

Sizing numbers are not the only thing that is different with European shoes.  European shoes tend to run more narrow in the heel with a wide toe box.  This fit allows for the heel to be held snug in place without scrunching the toes.  Most European brands also provide more arch support than their American counterparts.  American shoes generally have a deeper toe box and more cushion than European shoes.  Keep in mind that these are generalizations that are not true for every American or European shoe brand.