UK shoe size to EU: How to Choose the Right Sized Shoes

It’s pretty complicated getting everything right when it comes to choosing the correct shoe size. You know by now that measuring your foot doesn’t solve the problem.

But we’re here to save the day. Further down you can find the UK to EU shoe size conversion for women, men and children. Take a look at this chart to understand the problem and get the solution once and for all.




2 35 212
3 36 220
4 37 229
5 38 237
6 39 246
7 40 254
8 41 262




3 36 220
4 37 229
5 38 237
6 39 246
7 40.5 254
7.5 41 258
8 42 262
8.5 42.5 266
9 43 271
9.5 44 275
10 44.5 279
10.5 45 283
11 46 288
12 47 296
13 48 305
14 49.5 314




0 15 0-3 months
0.5 16 0-6 months
1 17 0-6 months
2 18 6-12 months
3 19 6-12 months
4 20 12-18 months
5 22 12-18 months
6 23 18-24 months
7 24 18-24 months
8 25 2 years
9 27 2.5 years+
10 28 3 years+
11 30 4 years+

Different Systems

The systems used by countries, regions or producers are different. Sure, there is a general understanding of the main features used by the various methods. Unless you use a size chart, though, it’s tough to make the right choice.

The systems use either inches or centimetres to express a foot’s length. Unless you ask the shoemaker or have custom-made footwear, you’ll rarely find the width of the shoe written down anywhere.

As far as we know, there are seven different shoe-size systems on our blue dot, but you’ll probably get to know the US, UK and European systems better. Take a trip to Japan if you want to prove us wrong.

Most consumers are confused when they have to convert EU shoe size to UK measurements. To find the correspondence, you can use a size table. There are also online converters that you can trust, but no one can guarantee you won’t be disappointed by the result.

Specific Charts

There are different size charts for women and men in the UK system. If you need to pick something for your kid, you’ll have to resort to another table. The EU shoe producers have to use the same system, so there will only be one table as a reference.

Just so you know how the continent got here, it all started with a French standard developed in 19th century Paris, so at least it’s cool.

Looking at the size tables, you’ll notice that women’s EU shoe size to UK table has larger numbers: a size 3 for men corresponds with size 36 in the EU chart, but it’s a 3,5 for women. This half a number difference is constant, so you can easily adjust to it.

Since there is no standardized size chart, you’ll also find differences between German and French footwear.

How To Make The Right Choice

The only way you can be sure you picked the right product is to go to the shop and try it on. But if you’re buying online, a size chart like these will be handy.

See if there is a European shoe size to UK table on the producers’ site. Try asking for one by mail or chat. Remember that you should consider a 0,5 size variation most of the times.

You can use the charts here as a guide, but different brands have their own versions.

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