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Shoe Sizes/Lengths

NORE

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I've measured a few pairs of my Edward Green shoes (sized 12.5US) at roughly 12.5-13" from heel to toe on the sole, but it bewilders me when I see shoes sized 9-10 with the same length measurement. Now I know girth/volume has to be taken into consideration, but why so long?
 

blahman

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I believe it's called a lack of a standard being used and it pisses me off.
 

GloStiX

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It varies so much from maker to maker, and also style of the shoe.

I was looking at a pair of AE's on eBay, size 8 is 12 inches long... haha
 

Claus

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This is quite simple. Here are the individual parts:
  1. Your foot length plus rounding error (fixed).
  2. Nominal allowance (fixed)
  3. Formal allowance (varies between 0 and 1.5 sizes, ie up to 1/2 inch).
  4. Two times of width of the welt (varies depending on the maker).

At least for dress shoe makers, this seems to be approximately correct. 1+2 equals the shoe size, 1+2+3 the stick length (inner length), and thus outer measurements vary mostly depending on 3+4.

Also, I don't know where you got the other measurements from, but some people probably apply the measuring tape differently. There's also the possibility of typos, etc.

Hope this helps.
 

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