(Closed) US vs. European shoe sizes. Help!

posted 5 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MistySoda:  I wear a US size 7 and I’ll usually end up getting either a 37 or 38 in shoe size.  I hope this helps!

Post # 4
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803 posts
Busy bee

Where is the shoe made? I think it depends on where the shoe is made. I find that shoes made in England tend to run closer to US size, versus Italian made shoes tend to run on the smaller side (I usually go up half a size in heels). The funky difference in their size conversion makes me think that perhaps their brand has their own way of sizing things. (If you PM me the link to the shoe, I’ll see if I can give you a clearer answer!)

Post # 5
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Helper bee

In general, add 31 to the US size. Therefore, 7=38, 8=39, etc. My guess is, the 8.5 shoes you have are probably athletic shoes? It sounds like 38 is what you should go with.

(My job is selling European shoes so I’ve got pretty good experience in this area :P)

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I usually wear an 8 AUSTRALIAN which is 8-9 US which is always a EUROPEAN 39! For reference!

I hope your dream shoes pan out!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

In the UK it runs a size down for example my SO is size 15 in U.S which is a size 14 in UK. In European shoes sizes I am a size 39 (rarely a 38 but sometimes) which is a 6 in UK which would be a 7 in U.S 

 

If you own a pair of sneakers/trainers, it more than likely says on the shoe tongue. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

that chart is a bit wonky compared to my experience… I wear a 8.5-9 in US, 6.5-7 in UK and 39 or 40 (40.5 for my running shoes).  I’ve NEVER worn a 10-10.5 in US sizing.  even the shoes I have that say 40.5 translate that to a 9 US and 7 UK.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

@peonyinparis:  Im British and have always been a size 5/6. I live in Spain and I wear  a size 39. My fiance who is american bought me a size 41 because of some bad chart and I now have a pair of Jordans which are wayyyy too big. I know that size 39 is roughly a US size 7.

EDIT: Just looked in my shoes … US size 8 is UK size 7 and european size 41

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@leecy87:  I’m really confused then. Because I’m an Australian/US 6.5, Italian 36.5 or 37 for boots and certain designers because they run small, and UK 3.5 or 4 if I’m buying boots.

Do sports shoes use a different sizing system?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

@peonyinparis:  I think shoes are difficult, and youre right about sports shoes they do tend to run a little bit bigger but just like one size up. I dont know, I just know that I always buy 38/39 EU sizes, which is 5/6 UK sizes which are a size up so 6/7 in U.S. I just always buy them the size up if im not sure and use insoles.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My guess would be a 38.  It sounds like we have similar feet.

I wear a 7.5 or 8 US normally (I also “measure” a lot smaller – like 6 or something like that) and in loafer-type shoes I’ve bought size 39 euro and they fit good with thick socks and are maybe a little lose but comfortable.  But for pumps or strappy shoes I think a 38 would be better (I actually just ordered some, but not arrived yet).  Possibly 37, but I’d be a little worried about that being too small.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wear size 6US, and size 36 European.  My Doc Marten’s are a size 3UK.  

 

I think it really depends on the shoe and the designer.  Measuring your foot is probably the best way to do this…and to contact the manufacturer.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I wear 8-8.5 in North American sizes and a 39 in European

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