When it comes to fashion, gender barriers are starting to matter less and less. Women may go shopping in the men’s section if they like something there, and vice versa. When that happens, you may end up getting confused with the sizes. What would the women’s section equivalent be if you’re a 7 in men’s size? That’s why we bring you the full Men’s to Women’s Shoes Size Conversion Chart.
Keep reading to find out what’s 7, 8, 9, and 10 shoe sizes once and how to convert them if you’re a man or a woman.
Differences between men’s and women’s shoe size
Although they may look the same, there are subtle differences between men’s and women’s footwear.
A study by the University of Washington Seattle suggests that women’s sizing is not simply sized down to accommodate men’s footwear. There are many points of difference.
Specifically, these points of difference lie in the ball of the foot, the heel, and the lateral sides of the foot in women. Let’s take a look at these in detail below.
The biggest difference is within the width of the shoe. Women’s shoes are made to be wider in the forefoot area and narrower in the heel. It makes men’s and women’s sizes have a difference of 1.5. So men’s 6 would be women’s 7.5.
The wider forefoot means that styles of women’s shoes are also large-mouthed. For instance, ballerina flats and many kinds of heels.
Apart from this, there are also differences in the material of most women’s shoes owing to their weight. Scientifically women have 15% less muscle than men. This means men’s shoes should be more shock-absorbing than women’s. Thus the midsole of women’s shoes is more light and soft.
Because of their lightweight, they will have deeper grooves for more grip than men’s shoes.
Overall, pairs designed for women will be smaller and narrower than for men in the same foot size range.
The Q angle
The Q angle is the angle that results between the kneecap and the quad muscle. Because women are genetically built for childbearing, their hips tend to be wider. The wider hips tend to result in an enlarged Q angle.
Now the large Q angle calls for more support to avoid under or over-pronation. Pronation is the even spreading, of the received impact, to all corners of the foot. If adequate support is not provided, small unnoticeable injuries could end up in big ones.
Because of this, good designers will use a different material for women’s insole and outsole.
All these facts make sense when you see that women do well with narrow shoes and large mouths. That’s why you will spot plenty of heels, pumps, ballerinas, and open-toed design in the women’s section. Not to say that men can’t wear heels, but they would require custom-made pair.
The design of women’s shoes will have differences too. Since they are lighter in weight, they will have deeper grooves in their outsole for grip. Men will have fewer grooves and different materials in the insole as well. Men’s bulky weight means they need light and bulk-free footwear that doesn’t hinder their speed.
Women will require more support for even pronation due to their heavy hips and larger Q angle.
How do you convert men’s to women’s shoe sizes?
- Find out your size.
What is the men’s shoe size you own? Do you have an accurate idea of your shoe measurements? Does it differ with every brand you shop for? If you’re looking to buy your next pair in a particular brand, find out the men’s size that matches yours.
Take a measuring tape and measure from the tip of your toe to where your heel ends. Now, look at the size chart of the brand. You should be able to find your men’s size there.
- A little addition
Typically a woman’s size will only be 1.5 bigger. So if you find your size to be 5, go and add 1.5 to get your women’s which is 6.5.
- Take a look at the women’s chart.
Now that you’ve got an idea of the equivalent women’s shoe sizes, you can look at the chart to confirm. If the dimensions match yours, you can shop online!
This is easier than it sounds. No tough formulas and calculations are needed. Just follow the easy steps below.
Be careful not to go on a complete spree and keep room for returns.
Men to women’s shoe size chart
The following chart is for US and Canada shoe sizes.
Now let’s take a look at the UK sizes, which are slightly different.
Apart from shoe sizes, there are other things to consider when switching to women’s footwear. Consider the following before going on a shopping spree:
- Save yourself from blisters! When you try on a pair, ensure your toes have space to move around. If it’s wiggle town in there, great! If not, you can end up scraping your pink or big toe in the little space. This will slow you down in the run of life.
- Apart from flat-footed people, most feet will demand an arch in the middle of their shoe. It is because the foot naturally curves inwards and doesn’t all fall flat on the ground evenly.
- Comfortable padding that is equal across the sole. If you have cushioned arches but no support on the heel, you’ll likely suffer pain in the heel after long walking trips.
- All of this suggests you should buy your first few pairs in the store or at the mall. Buying online can result in the hassle of returns and refunds if they don’t fit well, which is likely. Each brand has its sizing method, which does have its differences. It’s even if they’re similar.
You can simply add 1.5 to convert. Typically a men’s 7 should equal 8.5 in women’s pair in the US. But if you’re referring to UK measurements which have much finer distinctions, you can go for a 6.5.
Not too tough a calculation! Add 1.5! Men’s 8 in women’s are converted to be a solid 9.5 in US and Canada. However, in the UK, it will convert to 7.5.
A man 9 converts to a 10.5 in women’s in US and Canada. In the UK, you can expect the women’s 8.5 to fit.
To now convert from women to men sizing, subtract 1.5. In US and Canada, a woman’s 7 is typically a man’s 5.5. In the UK, this would equal a 7.5.
A women’s 8 in men’s shoes is 6.5 in US and Canada. In the UK, this is an 8.5.
A women’s of 8.5 is a 7 in men’s in North America. While in the UK, it equals an 8.
A women’s 9 is a 7.5 in men’s in North America. In the United Kingdom, the men’s would be 8.5.
A women’s 10 is an 8.5 in men’s in US and Canada. Meanwhile, this would be a 9.5 in men’s pairs in the United Kingdom.
Footwear brands are also getting progressive and with the times. Both men and women can wear unisex pairs. The design and style are accommodated to suit any gender: even non-binary folks!
But you will still need to be careful of the size. Unisex pairs run in men’s sizing usually. So women will need to purchase something almost 2 sizes smaller than usual. That means a Unisex 8 is a women’s 10.
Unisex styles are still few, but sports and oxford shoes have been progressive about removing the gender barrier. However, there are very few brands producing unisex heels and ballerinas.
A flat foot or flat feet is a condition in which your entire sole rests on the ground instead of the inside of your foot being arched upwards. It is usually normal and can happen naturally if the arches don’t develop or can be caused by an injury.
It can also be an inherited condition or be caused due to aging, pregnancy, or other diseases.
Although it is a painless condition, it could lead to some other issues like arthritis in old age. In some cases, flat-footed people are not allowed to be admitted into the army or other physically demanding jobs. It is because it is sometimes believed that flat footing can cause various problems while walking and running, but this theory has been disproved.
Are there special shoes for flat feet?
Flat-footed people don’t have arches in their feet, making their entire sole grounded. It may or may not be a painful condition but does hinder the process of shopping. While you always have the option to go for custom-made shoes, some practices will aid flat feet while wearing your favorite pair.
Keep these pointers in mind when you go shopping next:
- You can wear readily available gel insoles online.
- Gel arches are available that will align with your feet.
- Wear pairs with slight elevation up to 2.5″.
- The sole should always be very cushioned.
- Buy pairs that have proper weight distribution.
- Look for ones with orthotic support, or those approved by podiatrists are even better.
People will flat feet are more likely to have pain from walking around than others. That is why you can even get removable arches. You can get full insoles or small braces and sleeves that you can wear with shoes or even slippers!
How to measure your own feet?
You can do this at home without any fancy equipment.
- Take off any footwear you are wearing. It can give you a false impression of your foot as shoes’ outer sizes aren’t the same as the foot sizes visible in styles like chunky sneakers.
- Now set down a measuring tape or ruler on the floor.
- Stand straight and relaxed next to it.
- Mark the tip of your longest toe.
- Mark the last point of your heel on the floor using chalk.
- Now measure this distance. This is the foot length.
- Put the widest part of your foot, the ball, on the ruler. Measure across from right to left. It is the foot width.
- If you are purchasing heels, you ought to know that heel height is measured from the point on the floor to the part that connects the heel to the shoe.
Each style will have its design and thus points of measurement to take note of. Running shoes will not be the same as walking pairs, and sneakers won’t be the same as sports shoes. Heels come in a variety of sub-divisional styles like pumps, stilettos, pencils, kitten, wedges, gladiators, and peep toe.
For men, there are not many styles to keep ahead of. But there are the traditional oxford, derby, dress boots, sneakers, loafers, and brogue.
Unisex footwear is less tricky but very limited in options.
Are kids’ shoe sizes different for boys and girls?
No, certainly not. At a young age, all kids have the same sizes. Their feet and bodies have not fully developed to a stage where they become distinguishably different for males and females. Boys’ and girls’ categories separate only kids’ styles.