I'd like some advice on shoesizing. I dont have too many dress-shoes so could anyone advice me what size fits me best generally in dress-shoes, I realise it differs between brands but whats best in most cases, a UK 7 or UK 8? My feet are about 26 cm. From those i tested I often find 41 a bit pinchy and 42 too big but I guess going with the smaller ones is the better option or? Will i manage to stretch them out so they fit me well? Best would be if a fellow 26 cm foot person could give me some advice. The equation for UK shoe size is listed here. To have those inches listed in centimeters you can also read here. I have a feeling you may not be measuring your foot right since 26cm is a size 6. When measuring, be meticulous. Measure it while wearing a thin sock by eye. Compare that measurement against drawing a line around you foot (pencil straight down) on paper. With the pencil method, subtract half a size to make up for the error caused by the pencil. If your foot is 26 centimeters, unless you're wearing some shoes that run quite small, size 8s should be slipping off of you. Remember, you shouldn't be able to get a finger behind your heel.