To measure your feet:
First, trace your footprint on a piece of paper. You should be barefoot, and place your weight on the larger foot. Hold a pencil straight up and trace a tight line (close to the foot) around the foot onto the paper. Next, measure two perpendicular lines: one straight across the widest part of the foot, the other a straight (not diagonal) line from the toe to the heel. Keep these two dimensions: ball width and heel to toe length, on hand when you ask us about a shoe. (See diagram on size chart page)
When you call us with the information, we will measure the shoe in the style you're interested in. Depending on the toe box shape, the shoe should be the same or 1/4" longer than the length of your foot. Of course, if it is a very pointed toe shoe, the size will be different.
The width is flexible too. Often the width of the foot is WIDER than the width of the shoe and the shoe will still fit well. 0.25 inch makes a big difference in width. We generally recommend that you not buy the shoe if your foot is more than 0.25 inches wider than the shoe width . Although, there are exceptions. Unit conversions . *Note on sizing: DesignerShoes.com uses US sizing. The US uses "width" measures, as well as "length" for shoes. "AAAA" is the narrowest width, also known as SS for extra slim. "M" is medium width, also known as C. "WW" is extra wide width, also known as EW, E, EE or EEE. From narrowest to widest the widths are: AAAA, AAA, N (or AA), M, W, WW. The difference from one width to the next wider or narrower width is roughly 0.25 inches around the circumference of the ball of the foot. Width measurements are notoriously unreliable because they vary so much according to the shoe style and according to whether the manufacturer has added a wider sole or added more material on the top.
For more information visit our blog ASK THE SHOE LADY.
Please keep in mind that there are two additional factors to consider when determining which size to buy. First, while the size conversion charts are based on industry standards, millions of styles and sizes of shoes are made each year in a variety of shapes at hundreds of different locations. The shoes you buy are close to but not exactly the size conversion tables. Second, you must consider the shape of your feet. Thickness (muscularity), thinness, hammer toes, bunions and other shape features should be considered as you look at the size, width and shape of the shoe.
Please see our size conversion chart
and our New International Customers page