Uk versus us shoe size

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  1. jerrysfriend

    jerrysfriend Senior member

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    These shoes are not of much interest http://cgi.aol.ebay.com/ws....MEWA:IT But the accompanying size conversion chart is. No wonder it is so hard for me to get the right fit. Edward Green says a UK10 = a US10.5; lots of other English shoe companies say that UK10 = a US11; but this chart says that a UK10 = a US11.5. What a range.
     


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    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    I like a loose fit. So I take a 9E in the Alden tassel loafer and an 8.5F British size in both the Church (e.g. Consul, Kingsley) and in Crockett Jones handgrade and benchgrade
     


  3. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That chart is dead wrong. UK size is 1/2-1 size smaller than the corresponding US size, depending on the maker.
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Only nominally, by my experience. There is an incredible amount of variation. The translation from Prada and Costume National, both of which use the UK system, sizes, is usually +1 to +1.5, sometimes more. Some Ferragamos, which use the European system, have size 44 shoes (about a 9.5-10 UK) that fit like size 9 (-1) US. I usually need to try things on.
     


  5. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good point - some charts are brand specific. However, if the shoes are made in Northampton, you aren't going to see much variation from the 1/2-1 size rule.

    About Italian shoes - if your foot is the least bit wide, you can almost count on buying a half size large. An Italian size 45, for instance, is commonly labeled a US 12, but it's actually more of an 11 1/2.

    Edit - Prada shoe sizing is funky. Almost as bad as Weston.
     


  6. MikeF

    MikeF Senior member

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    Prada is truly screwed up. I'm normally a 10.5 or 11. In Prada, I take a 9 or a 9.5. An 8.5 comes very close to fitting sometimes.
     


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