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Determining correct shoe size from a too big shoe?


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Apr 9, 2012
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So as many others I jumped on the Meermin bandwagon and ordered two pairs of shoes. I was advised to pick size UK9 based on my feet measurements (27.3mm x 10.0 mm), but it turns out that there is something about the shoe that just swallows my feet and they are decidedly too big.

I'm in the process of having an exchange, the question is: how do I decide how much I should size down? Is there any smart method do decide just how much too big a shoe is?

I've tried the rather crude method of stuffing folded sheets of paper 4mm and 8mm thick (equivalent to how much shorter sizes 8.5 and 8 are) into the heel and trying the on the shoe.

With 4mm of paper at the heel the shoe still feels slightly too big. With 8mm, it's a snug fit with a little hint of tightness. Of course, it's almost impossible to walk with papper stuff into the heel, so it doesn't really tell me much.

The shoe in question is a double monk strap on the Hiro last (5th from the right).

Edit: I did a second test involving socks this time. Basically, I tried how many pairs of socks (thin dress socks) I need to wear for the size 9 shoe to fit well.

6 pairs: Can't even get the foot inside.
5 pairs: Very noteable tightness, almost painfull.
4 pairs: A very snugg fit. Seems about right.
3 pairs: Too few socks, noticeable heel slipping.
1-2 pairs: Heavy heel slipping.

So 4 pairs of socks clearly give the best fit.

Pardon the silly question, but what is the community consensus; is 4 layers of socks equal to one half or one full UK size?
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