How To Measure The Width Of Your Foot

So you’re thinking of buying new shoes, but you’re not sure what width would fit you best.

You’re not to be blamed. Although shoe sizes are usually consistent across brands, the width specification is a different story.

And getting the wrong shoe size can cause several problems.

The solution? Figuring out your own feet’s width. Here’s how to do it.


Things You’ll Need

  • A pen
  • A piece of paper big enough to fit your whole foot
  • A ruler
  • A friend to help you out (optional).

Yes, we’re going the old-school way of measuring your foot width, because it’s probably the most effective.

You might want to enlist the help of a friend, as this will not only make the process easier but also ensure that you get an accurate measurement.


Measuring Your Foot Width

So if you have everything you need, then let’s jump into it.

Step 1: First, sit down, then position one foot on the piece of paper. Check to make sure that the paper is accommodating the size of your entire foot. Ensure that your foot is completely flat on the paper.

Pro tip: if the shoes you’re looking to buy require you to wear socks with them, then you should also wear socks during the measurement process.

Step 2: Now it’s time to trace the shape of your foot with the pen. This is where your friend comes in. Have them hold the pen as close to the foot as possible and make a tracing on the paper.

But even if you’re doing it alone, there’s no need to worry. You just have to be extra careful. Remember to keep the pen as close to your foot as you can at all times for the most accurate measurement.

Now repeat with the other foot. Human feet tend to be of slightly different sizes, so there is every chance one of your feet is larger than the other. In that case, you’ll obviously want to buy a pair that will fit your larger foot.

Step 3: Now it’s time to whip out that ruler and get measuring. Remember, you’ll be doing this with the foot trace that comes out bigger than the other.

But before you can do that, first mark the widest points of either side of your foot on the tracing.

Then, it’s helpful to draw a straight line between the two points. Now you can use the ruler to measure the distance. Use the centimeters side, as most foot size charts list the width in that unit.

Jot the width down. And voila! You’re done.


Using Your Foot Width To Find Your Shoe Size

So now that you’ve figured out your foot width why not also use it to determine your complete shoe size?

It can be helpful to know this if you ever run into a situation at a shoe store where you’re unable to find the right fit, even if you’ve told them the right size.

You will be using the same tracing as before to do this part.

All you have to do is measure the length of your foot. Use the same method you did when you figured out the foot width. Then, using the data for your feet’s length and width, you can consult any of the shoe size charts readily available on the internet to figure out which size will fit you best.



No matter how good the racket is, if you get your badminton shoe size wrong, you are not going to enjoy the game.

So, you need to get them right.

But as you can see, the process of figuring out your shoe size is really quite simple, and fast, too.

However, if you still have doubts, there’s no reason not to consult a professional. Most good shoe stores will employ people specifically for this purpose.

Good luck finding the perfect pair!


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