By now, you should know what size shoe you wear- its been engrained in your mind for so long that its second nature. But what if what you’ve been told has been wrong this whole time? According to a study done by the College of Podiatry in the U.K., most people are walking around in the wrong size shoes. When the group surveyed more than 2,000 adults in 2014, they found that one third of the men and nearly half of the women were putting their feet into shoes that were not the correct size.
Short-term issues of wearing the wrong size shoes include foot pain and irritation; Long-term issues include bunions, hammertoes, toenail damage and even pain when your barefoot. It’s true that you could go to a store regularly and have your feet measured, but here is a ‘how to’ on how to measure your feet at home.
Start by setting a piece of paper on the floor on a hard surface, so there is no cushion to throw off the measurement. Then place either your bare foot or your socked foot (depending on whether you wear socks with most of your shoes) on the paper and trace around it. Once you have your outline, take a ruler and make a rectangle around the outside of your outline, as close to it as possible. Then measure the width and length between those parallel lines and subtract three sixteenths of an inch from each measurement (this is an easy job for a calculator). The length measurement will dictate your shoe size, while the width will determine, the width (though most people fall into the medium width range.)
Click here to see a list of all the measurement breakdowns and find out if you’ve been wearing the wrong size all along.
Thank you to Huffington Post for the original information. You can read more here.