What if you find the perfect pair of shoes online but they’re listed in another gender’s size? Don’t worry; you’re not alone!
Shoe sizing can be a puzzling world, but it doesn’t have to be. But fear not, because we’re here to clear up your confusion about men’s and women’s shoe sizes.
Knowing the exact size of women’s shoes using men’s shoe size system can come in handy. Imagine you are a woman who likes one of the shoes from the men’s section. Now you would want to know how to convert men’s to women’s shoe sizes and what’s the difference between them.
In this comprehensive guide, we have covered everything about shoe size conversion that will give you a complete shoe sizing guide, ensuring that readers of all ages can follow along. Let’s dive in!
How to Measure Your Feet for Shoe Size and Width at Home?
The proper measurement of your feet for determining the shoe size requires two measurements. You have to measure both the length and width of your feet.
Measuring the length
- Make sure to have some required essentials such as a ruler, a pen or marker, and a blank sheet of white paper.
- Put your ruler against a straight wall with the number zero as the starting point.
- Put your foot right beside the ruler and your heel against the wall. Make sure you are pressing your heel gently against the wall.
- Now take the measurement of your foot from the feel to your furthest toe point.
- Write the measurement on a paper.
Measuring the width
- Put the ruler horizontally on the ground.
- Step on the ruler right at the spot where the ball of your foot is located.
- Measure the width by noting the distance from one side to the other.
You can refer to the image below for converting the length of your foot in cm to shoe sizes. (The chart below is based on US shoe size).
|US Men’s Size||US Women’s Size||UK Shoe Size||Foot Length (cm)||Foot Length (Inches)|
|3||4.5||2.5||21.6 cm||8 1/2|
|3.5||5||3||22.0 cm||8 2/3|
|4||5.5||3.5||22.4 cm||8 5/6|
|5||6.5||4.5||23.3 cm||9 1/6|
|5.5||7||5||23.7 cm||9 1/3|
|6||7.5||5.5||24.1 cm||9 1/2|
|6.5||8||6||24.6 cm||9 2/3|
|7||8.5||6.5||25.0 cm||9 5/6|
|8||9.5||7.5||25.8 cm||10 1/6|
|8.5||10||8||26.2 cm||10 1/3|
|9||10.5||8.5||26.7 cm||10 1/2|
|9.5||11||9||27.1 cm||10 2/3|
|10||11.5||9.5||27.5 cm||10 5/6|
|11||12.5||10.5||28.4 cm||11 1/6|
|11.5||13||11||28.8 cm||11 1/3|
|12||13.5||11.5||29.2 cm||11 1/2|
|12.5||14||12||29.6 cm||11 2/3|
|13||14.5||12.5||30.1 cm||11 5/6|
|14||15.5||13.5||30.9 cm||12 1/6|
|14.5||16||14||31.3 cm||12 1/3|
|15||16.5||14.5||31.8 cm||12 1/2|
|15.5||17||15||32.21 cm||12 2/3|
What is the Difference Between Women’s and Men’s Shoe Sizes?
While both men’s and women’s shoes are intended for use by adults, they use different size systems. As a result, it may cause confusion while buying. Before making a purchase, it’s critical to confirm that you have the appropriate size.
In general, a lady should think about dropping down 1.5 sizes when purchasing men’s shoes. She should choose a men’s size 7.5, for instance, if she generally wears a women’s size 9.
On the other hand, a male should go up to 1.5 sizes if he wants to wear women’s shoes. For instance, it would be fine to go from a men’s size 8 to a women’s size 9.5.
Men's shoe size = Women's shoe size - (1.5) Women's shoe size = Men's shoe size + (1.5)
Even though certain shoes are advertised as being unisex, most of them are still sized in men’s sizes. Hence, it is important to do the conversion from men’s shoe size to women’s shoe size or vice versa.
Men’s shoes often offer broader widths, while women’s shoes typically have a narrower fit, reflecting the usual foot forms of each gender.
A person with narrow feet, regardless of gender, may find women’s sizes more accommodating, and vice versa, due to individual foot variances. Another level of size difficulty is added by specialty footwear made for broader or narrower feet.
How to Convert Women’s Shoe Size to Men’s Shoe Size?
The shoe sizes of both men and women have approximately 1.5 size differences. A men’s shoe size of 7 is equal to a women’s shoe size of 8.5. Meaning, size 7 in men is the same length as size 8.5 in women. The lowest shoe size for men is about 5.5 in most places.
If you want to convert from men’s size to women’s or vice versa then you can simply add up or subtract 1.5 size. For instance, let’s say you want the same exact length of men size 7 for women. In that case, all you have to do is size down 1.5 size to get the same length women’s size in the US.
The width of the different shoe sizes remains the same during conversion. So what we learn from here is there is a 1.5 size difference when converting from men’s to women’s shoe size or vice versa.
After knowing the conversion, let’s check out the UK, EU & US mens to womens shoe size conversion chart.
Mens to Womens Shoe Size Conversion Chart for US, UK & EU
In this section, we have made a table showing mens to womens shoe size and womens to mens shoe size conversion charts for US, UK & EU. Take a look at this conversion chart.
|US Men’s Size||US Women’s Size||UK Shoe Size||EU Shoe Size||India Shoe Size||Foot Length (cm)||Foot Length (Inches)|
|3||4.5||2.5||34.5||2.5||21.6 cm||8 1/2|
|3.5||5||3||35||3||22.0 cm||8 2/3|
|4||5.5||3.5||35.5||3.5||22.4 cm||8 5/6|
|5||6.5||4.5||37||4.5||23.3 cm||9 1/6|
|5.5||7||5||37.5||5||23.7 cm||9 1/3|
|6||7.5||5.5||38||5.5||24.1 cm||9 1/2|
|6.5||8||6||39||6||24.6 cm||9 2/3|
|7||8.5||6.5||39.5||6.5||25.0 cm||9 5/6|
|8||9.5||7.5||40.5||7.5||25.8 cm||10 1/6|
|8.5||10||8||41.5||8||26.2 cm||10 1/3|
|9||10.5||8.5||41.5||8.5||26.7 cm||10 1/2|
|9.5||11||9||42.5||9||27.1 cm||10 2/3|
|10||11.5||9.5||43.5||9.5||27.5 cm||10 5/6|
|11||12.5||10.5||44.5||10.5||28.4 cm||11 1/6|
|11.5||13||11||45.5||11||28.8 cm||11 1/3|
|12||13.5||11.5||46||11.5||29.2 cm||11 1/2|
|12.5||14||12||46.5||12||29.6 cm||11 2/3|
|13||14.5||12.5||47||12.5||30.1 cm||11 5/6|
|14||15.5||13.5||48.5||13.5||30.9 cm||12 1/6|
|14.5||16||14||49||14||31.3 cm||12 1/3|
|15||16.5||14.5||49.5||14.5||31.8 cm||12 1/2|
|15.5||17||15||50||15||32.21 cm||12 2/3|
US Mens to Womens Shoe Size
Many of you might be looking for only a US conversion chart for both men and women. So let’s have a closer look at the US men’s to women’s shoe size chart with the foot length in centimeters and inches.
|Men’s Size||Women’s Size||Foot Length (CM)||Foot Length (Inches)|
|—||4.5||21.6 cm||8 1/2|
|—||5||22.0 cm||8 2/3|
|4||5.5||22.4 cm||8 5/6|
|5||6.5||23.3 cm||9 1/6|
|5.5||7||23.7 cm||9 1/3|
|6||7.5||24.1 cm||9 1/2|
|6.5||8||24.6 cm||9 2/3|
|7||8.5||25.0 cm||9 5/6|
|8||9.5||25.8 cm||10 1/6|
|8.5||10||26.2 cm||10 1/3|
|9||10.5||26.7 cm||10 1/2|
|9.5||11||27.1 cm||10 2/3|
|10||11.5||27.5 cm||10 5/6|
|11||12.5||28.4 cm||11 1/6|
|11.5||13||28.8 cm||11 1/3|
|12||13.5||29.2 cm||11 1/2|
|12.5||14||29.6 cm||11 2/3|
|13||14.5||30.1 cm||11 5/6|
|14||15.5||30.9 cm||12 1/6|
|14.5||16||31.3 cm||12 1/3|
|15||16.5||31.8 cm||12 1/2|
|15.5||17||32.21 cm||12 2/3|
Nike Mens to Womens Shoe Size (US & UK)
The chart below shows womens to mens shoe size Nike. This will make your process of shoe conversion convenient.
|Nike Shoe Size – US Women’s||Nike Shoe Size – US Men’s||Nike Shoe Size – Unisex size||Foot Length (cm)||Foot Length (Inches)|
|3.5||2||1.5||21.1 cm||8 1/6|
|4.5||3||2.5||21.6 cm||8 1/2|
|5||3.5||3||22.0 cm||8 2/3|
|5.5||4||3.5||22.4 cm||8 5/6|
|6.5||5||4.5||23.3 cm||9 1/6|
|7||5.5||5||23.7 cm||9 1/3|
|7.5||6||5.5||24.1 cm||9 1/2|
|8||6.5||6||24.6 cm||9 2/3|
|8.5||7||6.5||25.0 cm||9 5/6|
|9.5||8||7.5||25.8 cm||10 1/6|
|10||8.5||8||26.2 cm||10 1/3|
|10.5||9||8.5||26.7 cm||10 1/2|
|11||9.5||9||27.1 cm||10 2/3|
|11.5||10||9.5||27.5 cm||10 5/6|
|12.5||11||10.5||28.4 cm||11 1/6|
|13||11.5||11||28.8 cm||11 1/3|
|13.5||12||11.5||29.2 cm||11 1/2|
|14||12.5||12||29.6 cm||11 2/3|
|14.5||13||12.5||30.1 cm||11 5/6|
|15.5||14||13.5||30.9 cm||12 1/6|
|16||14.5||14||31.3 cm||12 1/3|
|16.5||15||14.5||31.8 cm||12 1/2|
|17||15.5||15||32.21 cm||12 2/3|
How to convert womens shoe size to mens Nike?
To convert women’s shoe size to men’s Nike shoe size, you generally need to subtract 1.5 from the women’s size. Here’s a simple formula:
Men’s Nike Shoe Size = Women’s Nike Shoe Size – 1.5
For example, if a woman wears a size 8 in women’s Nike shoes, her equivalent men’s Nike shoe size would be:
Men’s Nike Shoe Size = 8 (Women’s Size) – 1.5 = 6.5
So, in men’s Nike shoes, she would wear a size 6.5. However, it’s essential to note that this conversion is a general guideline and may not apply to all shoe brands or styles. Below I have covered the Adidas men’s to women’s shoe size chart, this will allow you to convert your Adidas shoes to different countries (US, UK, EU & Japan).
Mens to Womens Shoe Size Adidas
You can easily convert Adidas mens to womens shoe size with the help of the given shoe size chart. Here is an important tip while buying shoes from Adidas, it is good to go one size up for a loose fit and one size down for a snug fit.
|Adidas Shoe Size – US Men’s||Adidas Shoe Size – US Women’s||Adidas Shoe Size – UK Unisex Size||Adidas Shoe Size – EU Size||Adidas Shoe Size – Japan Size||Foot Length (Inches)||Foot Length (CM)|
|4.5||5.5||4||36 2/3||225||8.9″||22.5 cm|
|5||6||4.5||37 1/3||230||9.0″||22.9 cm|
|6||7||5.5||38 2/3||240||9.4″||23.8 cm|
|6.5||7.5||6||39 1/3||245||9.5″||24.2 cm|
|7.5||8.5||7||40 2/3||255||9.8″||25 cm|
|8||9||7.5||41 1/3||260||10.0″||25.5 cm|
|9||10||8.5||42 2/3||270||10.4″||26.3 cm|
|9.5||10.5||9||43 1/3||275||10.5″||26.7 cm|
|10.5||11.5||10||44 2/3||285||10.9″||27.6 cm|
|11||12||10.5||45 1/3||290||11.0″||28 cm|
|12||13||11.5||46 2/3||300||11.3″||28.8 cm|
|12.5||13.5||12||47 1/3||305||11.5″||29.3 cm|
|13.5||14.5||13||48 2/3||315||11.9″||30.1 cm|
|14||15||13.5||49 1/3||320||12.0″||30.5 cm|
|15||—||14.5||50 2/3||—||12.4″||31.4 cm|
|15.5||—||15||51 1/3||—||12.7″||31.8 cm|
|16||—||15.5||52 2/3||—||13.0″||32.6 cm|
|16.5||—||16||53 1/3||—||13.3″||33.5 cm|
|17||—||16.5||54 2/3||—||13.7″||34.3 cm|
|17.5||—||17||55 2/3||—||14.0″||35.2 cm|
Note: Adidas provides free shoe return or exchange service for 30 days. If you are not happy with the shoe size fitting, you can easily return or exchange your Adidas kicks under 30 days.
Important Tips to Remember While Conversion
While you are converting a men’s shoe size from a women’s shoe size or vice versa, there are some tips that will help you convert.
1. Refer to the Shoe Size Chart
Even after conversion, refer to a proper shoe size chart for cross-checking your conversion. In this way, you will be more assured that you have converted the shoe size correctly.
2. Try Out the Shoe
Unless you are purchasing the shoe online, get your hands on that particular shoe size at the store and try it out. While you may get the conversion right, the comfortability of that shoe can be different since you are getting the shoe made for the other gender.
3. Know the Size Difference
Perhaps this is the most important tip to know when converting. There should be about a 1.5 size difference in men’s and women’s shoe sizes. There is also a difference between US, UK, and EU shoe sizes.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Pair of Shoes for You
These tips will help you determine which pair of shoes is the right one for you.
#1. Choose a shoe with a firm foundation
Choosing a shoe with a firm foundation will allow you to walk comfortably. Having a squishy base that makes your posture wobble is not a good sign. So getting a shoe that has a solid placement for your foot is a great way to know you have the perfect pair of shoes.
#2. Make sure it has arch support
Certain types of shoes do not have a proper arch support for your foot. They may cause soreness to the palm of your feet and it gets discomforting over time. Another aspect to look out for when getting a shoe is that the shoe must have an arch support.
#3. Go for laces
Lace-up shoes usually have better support as compared to slip-ons. We all want a pair of shoes that holds our feet in place and lace shoes are suitable for that.
3 Signs You May Be Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size
One out of three people are carrying on with their life in ill-fitting shoes. This can cause serious injuries over time. Here are 3 signs that you are wearing the wrong shoe size.
1. Tight Fit
If your shoes make you feel uncomfortable due to over-snugging, then chances are that they have a tight fit. The discomfort can lead to blisters, calluses, and soreness on your feet. A tight-fitting shoe that gives you foot pain is a sign that you have the wrong shoe size.
2. Toes Cramped
Another sign that you are wearing the wrong shoe size is when you feel cramped up on your toes. It is not a pleasant feeling especially when you have to wear the shoe for a long time. Your toes should not be pressed against the inner front side of the shoe.
3. Aching Arches
Your feet can easily snug inside a shoe and can still give you discomfort. That is because the arch of your feet may not be suitable for shoe size. The arch support of your shoes should be well-designed. Having a perfect arch support for shoes will not give you an arch ache.
How do you know if you’re wearing the wrong shoe size?
For the comfort and health of your feet generally, you must determine whether you are wearing the incorrect shoe size. You may spot an uncomfortable shoe by looking for a few warning indicators.
It’s obvious that you are wearing the wrong shoe size if your shoes feel constantly unpleasant, tight, or constraining. Shoes that are too tiny may cause the toes to rub together, overlap, or be pressured. As a result, it may result in painful conditions like bunions or ingrown toenails.
Consistent arch discomfort may also be an indication of insufficient support or alignment issues brought on by poor size. Additionally, friction from poorly fitting shoes can lead to blisters and calluses on your feet, and poor blood flow may produce numbness and tingling feelings.
Uneven wear patterns on the bottoms of your shoes may indicate size problems, which might influence your posture and stride.
Get properly measured to make sure you’re wearing the correct shoe size for your foot’s comfort and well-being in order to prevent these issues.
Are Men and Youth Shoe Sizes the Same?
We all know that Men and Women’s shoe sizes have variations in terms of their size numbering. However, the story is different in the case of men and youth. In terms of the sizes, both men’s and youth’s shoe sizes are the same.
A man who is wearing a shoe size of 7 will also be 7 in Youth size. There is no difference in the length of both men’s and youth’s shoes if they have the same shoe size.
However, youth shoes are usually differentiated by adding an alphabet with their respective number, for example, 6Y, 7Y, or 8Y.
Can Women Wear Men’s Shoes?
We have this perception of not entering the opposite sex section when buying shoes because they are simply not for you.
However, that is not the case in many things and it is certainly not the case with shoes. While shoes are made specifically for either men or women, they can also be unisex.
If the type of shoe is common among both men and women then chances are that you can wear it regardless of which section you are getting it from. For instance, if you are a man with size 7 then you should get size 8.5 of the same shoe model from the women’s section.
We do not recommend you to get the other gender’s shoe whenever you can. You should always consider the size, width, arch support, and overall comfort when buying a pair of shoes from the other section. If you can get a perfect pair of shoes in another section, then you are good to purchase that shoe.
Are There Any Drawbacks To Wearing “The Wrong” Shoes?
Shoe companies make their shoes for Men, Women, and Kids. As a result, they create shoes specifically for each gender.
As we know from reading this guide, you can wear other gender’s shoes if you get everything right. However, getting the wrong shoe is simply unacceptable as it will have many drawbacks.
From the support of your foot to the resting place of your toes, everything can go south when wearing the wrong size shoe. So it is appropriate to get the shoe that has the perfect length and width according to the size of your feet.
Whether you follow the US or European shoe size system, you should understand the intricacies of shoe sizes for men and women.
This guide helps you gain useful insights about shoe sizes for different genders. Moreover, the guide also tells you about the conversion of shoe sizes from men to women. Overall, you get comprehensive information regarding a complete shoe sizing guide.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Are womens shoe sizes different to men’s?
Yes, women’s shoe sizes are generally different from men’s shoe sizes. This is because there is a 1.5 size difference between women’s and men’s shoe sizes in most of the countries including the US. For example, if a woman wears a size 8 in shoes, it would roughly correspond to a man’s size 6.5 [Men shoe size = Women size (8) – 1.5].
Q2. What is the average shoe size for men in the US?
According to Healthline, the average shoe size for men in the United States is usually around 10.5. That means, on average, many men wear shoes that are around this size (10.5). However, keep in mind that some men have bigger feet like me (12), and some have smaller feet, so it can vary from person to person.
Q3. What is the average shoe size for women in the US?
In the United States, the average shoe size for women is usually around size 8, 8.5, or 9. It’s like a medium-sized shoe. But remember, everyone’s feet are different, so some women might wear smaller shoes, like size 6, while others might wear bigger shoes, like size 10. It all depends on the person’s feet!
Q4. Do international sizes differ from U.S. sizes when converting from men’s to women’s shoe sizes?
Yes, they do! International sizes can be a bit different. You usually need to go down about 1.5 size in the US while converting from men’s to women’s size.
Q5. Should I consider the width of my feet when converting shoe sizes?
Yes, the width of your feet is important and it should not be neglected while converting shoe sizes. You might have wider or narrower feet, and this can affect how comfortable your shoes are. When you convert your shoe sizes, make sure to look for options in different widths like “Narrow,” “Regular,” or “Wide” to find the best fit for your feet.
Q6. Womens shoe size 9 to Mens
A women’s shoe size of 9 is equal to a men’s shoe size of 7.5. There is a 1.5 size difference between men’s and women’s sizes. Refer to this men’s to women’s shoe size conversion chart for more information.
Q7. What is size 8 in mens to womens shoes?
A US size 8 for men’s shoes would be equivalent to a size 9.5 for women’s.
Q8. What’s a size 7 in womens to mens shoes?
A 7 US women’s shoe size corresponds to a US men’s shoe size 5.5.
Q9. What is a size 10 in mens to womens shoes?
A US men’s shoe size 10 will translate into 11.5 for US women’s.
Q10. Womens 11 to mens shoe size?
A US size 11 for women’s shoes would be equivalent to a size 9.5 for men’s.
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