How Your Shoes Should Fit

How Your Shoes Should Fit


Buying shoes online? Here's 3 simple steps to ensure you're getting the best size:

Step 1: Size

While standing, outline both feet (barefoot) on a piece of blank paper (you may have to tape two sheets together).

Take a ruler, and measure (in centimeters) from the center back of the heel to the furthest point away. This is typically the big toe, but be careful, it might be your second toe!

This is your foot length in CM. Use the size charts below to check what your FOOT size in US sizing would be. Your SHOE SIZE will be slightly larger than this. You should always size UP at least a 0.5 US size from what you measured, and often a 1.0 US size up, depending on your use and preferences. If you are spending a lot of time in the shoes, we recommend a 1.0 US size up. If you need a specifically tighter fit for more precise movements and activities, such as technical trail running or for an indoor cross trainer, a 0.5 US size up may work for you. Depending on personal preferences and when switching between different versions/brands of shoes, it is not uncommon for someone to even size up by a full 1.5 US sizes. If you have a slightly wider foot, you may need a wider width than the standard B width (ladies) or D width (men's). Remember, just like clothing, shoe sizes are NOT standardized. If in doubt, visit us in store to get fitted by one of our expert shoe fitters. 

CM US Women's Sizes US Men's Sizes
20.8 4
21.3 4.5
21.6 5
22.2 5.5
22.5 6
23 6.5
23.5 7 6
23.8 7.5 6.5
24.1 8 7
24.6 8.5 7.5
25.1 9 8
25.4 9.5 8.5
25.9 10 9
26.2 10.5 9.5
26.7 11 10
27.1 11.5 10.5
27.6 12 11
28.3 11.5
28.6 12
29.4 13
30.2 14
31 15
31.8 16


Step 2: Order!

Our Online Return Policy: We offer 14 day, no questions asked, returns. All we require is the shoe to be unworn and undamaged (along with its box). If you require a more flexible return policy, feel free to visit us in store, get fitted by one of our expert shoe fitters, and receive our In-Store only Guaranteed Fit Shoe Policy.

Step 3: Fit

Received your online shoe order and want to double-check fit?

Good Fit:

Bad Fit:

Here's 3 simple steps to ensure you're getting the best size for you:

1) Thumb width length from end of longest toe, to end of shoe.

2) Roughly two finger's width between lace eyelets on top of the shoe.

3) Forefoot is not bulging out over the edges of the shoe.

Once you lace the shoes up, you should feel comfortable and secure in the shoe, with space to wiggle your toes (as if you can play the piano with them!). You should have roughly a thumb width of space from the end of your longest toe, to the end of the shoe. There should be no major bulging along the sides of the shoe. The laces should be as loose as you can snugly tie them. You should not feel any pain, or uncomfortable spots in the shoe. A little bit of heel slip when you walk or run is okay, and encouraged, as a sign of proper foot function. Within a week or two, the shoe should start to flex appropriately with your foot and the heel slipping should subside. If the slipping does not subside, try lacing the shoe with all the available eyelets or visit us in store to get fitted by one of our expert shoe fitters.

If in doubt, visit us in store to get fitted at 6166 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia!

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