In this day and age, it’s not unusual to shop for books, office supplies, or even computers online. But when it comes to footwear, consumers may be more leery because they’re not sure about sizing.
That’s one of the reasons why Solestruck.com and other e-tailers offer free standard shipping and returns on all orders. A customer ordering from Solestruck, for example, might order two identical pairs of shoes in sequential sizes and send back whichever size doesn’t fit.
However, actually measuring your foot will give you a better gauge from which to determine what size is most likely to fit best.
1. Place your bare foot on a piece of paper, and mark the placement of your heel and toe. (Image at left borrowed from About.com)
2. Measure the distance between the two marks.
3. Use the size chart at right to determine your size. Remember, however, that each brand is unique and your size may differ slightly between brands, or even between styles within a single brand.