China uses European standard for clothes and shoe sizes. EU standard recommends that shoes should be labelled with the foot lengths for which they are suitable, measured in centimetres.
I haven’t bought any shoes for a couple of years since I moved to UK because I brought several pairs with me from China. I was totally confused when I was buying shoes for my daughter. If I wear size 4 which equals EU size 37, how can it be there is a baby shoe size 4 too? After a half hour wandering in the shoes shop, I started to understand that there are child sizes and adult sizes in UK standard.
UK and US shoe sizes
Shoe size in UK is based on the length of the last, measured in barleycorns (thirds of an inch) starting from the smallest practical size, which is size zero. A child's size zero is equivalent to a hand (or handbreadth. which is a unit of length measurement, originally based on the breadth of a hand. It is standardised at 4 inches or 10 cm or 12 barleycorns), and the sizes go up to size 13 (8″). An adult size one is then the next size up (9″) and each size up continues the progression in barleycorns.
Shoe sizes in North America are similar to those in UK but start counting at one rather than zero and so equivalent sizes are one greater. This is similar to the way that floors in buildings are numbered from one rather from zero (ground) in these regions.
The following chart shows how to convert UK shoe sizes to EU and US sizes.
• Childs UK 0 = EU 16 = USA & Canada 1 • Childs UK 1 = EU 17 = USA & Canada 2 • Childs UK 2 = EU 18 = USA & Canada 3 • Childs UK 3 = EU 19 = USA & Canada 4 • Childs UK 4 = EU 20 = USA & Canada 5 • Childs UK 5 = EU 22 = USA & Canada 6 • Childs UK 6 = EU 23 = USA & Canada 7 • Childs UK 7 = EU 24 = USA & Canada 8 • Childs UK 8 = EU 26 = USA & Canada 9 • Childs UK 9 = EU 27 = USA & Canada 10 • Childs UK 10 = EU 28 = USA & Canada 11 • Childs UK 11 = EU 30 = USA & Canada 12 • Childs UK 12 = EU 31 = USA & Canada 13 • Childs UK 13 = EU 32 = USA & Canada 1 • Adult UK 1 = EU 33 = USA & Canada 2 • Adult UK 2 = EU 34 = USA & Canada 3 • Adult UK 3 = EU 35.5= USA & Canada 4 • Adult UK 4 = EU 37 = USA & Canada 5 • Adult UK 5 = EU 38 = USA & Canada 6 • Adult UK 6 = EU 39 = USA & Canada 7 • Adult UK 7 = EU 40 = USA & Canada 8 • Adult UK 8 = EU 42 = USA & Canada 9 • Adult UK 9 = EU 43 = USA & Canada 10 • Adult UK 10= EU 44.5= USA & Canada 11 • Adult UK 11= EU 46 = USA & Canada 12 • Adult UK 12= EU 47 = USA & Canada 13 • Adult UK 13= EU 48 = USA & Canada 14 • Adult UK 14= EU 49 = USA & Canada 15
Age to size guide for children
• Up to 1 = Child size UK 0-4
• Age 2 = Child size UK 5-6 • Age 3 = Child size UK 7-8 • Age 4 = Child size UK 9-10 • Age 5 = Child size UK 10-11 • Age 6 = Child size UK 11-12 • Age 7 = Child size UK 12- Adult size UK 1 • Age 8+ = UK adult sizes
Tonia on November 06, 2020:
My Nigerian shoe size is 39, I want to convert to EU
Pembzey on September 30, 2018:
My shoe size is 37 i want to convert 2 U
K/US what would it be..thanks
amarachi 18 on April 18, 2015:
my shoe size is 40 and i wanna convert to us what would it be
vinay on January 14, 2015:
what size 32 eu
shivani on December 02, 2014:
I am shoes size 6 in india.what means of size 37 Eu.i m so confused.Please help me......
Amarachi on August 01, 2014:
My shoe size is 6 (UK size), but I want to convert it to Nigerian size. What would it be?
Mono on May 09, 2013:
My daughter is 4 years old however she has big Polynesian feet. I measured her feet and she is 165mm in length, what is her shoe size for Nike shoes please in UK and US?
fadi kabha on June 04, 2012:
iam from israel my size is 40 how much in usa
ibitoye simi on April 22, 2012:
If I am 37 Nigeria please what size will I be America
blue on November 03, 2011:
Thank you for this - it is helpful, but unfortunately, not the full story. In the UK and EU and Japan, shoe size is based solely on the size of the shoe, or the last, or the length of the foot to go in them. The US is unique in that men's and women's sizes are different - and the sizes are also different dependant on the type of shoe sizing the manufacturer used - sports shoes and formal shoes have different sizes (go figure)!
To add to the confusion I've noticed that recently in the UK people are making the conversion from EU to UK sizes differently. I'm female and I've always been a UK8, which has always equated to an EU42 - until recently, when many people (especially eBay) have started listing a UK8 as an EU41. It's not true - I know, from trying many, many shoes in both an EU41 and an EU42 that a UK8 is NOT an EU41.
The best conversion chart I've found is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_size#Adults
That said, they don't list the standard US women's sizes.
So, to help (and you can calculate out from here to your own sizes) I am a UK8, EU42 and US(womens)10.5 - got it?!
kat on August 27, 2011:
christopher on August 24, 2011:
im 9 and im an adult size 1
Siwan on February 08, 2011:
what a load of twaddle!!! a uk adult 8 has always been a 43 9 = 44 10 = 45 etc but a few years ago they all changed!!! so now all these companies advertise that they sell ladies shoes up to a 10 but when u check its actually a 43 which was traditionally an 8!!! which is the same size as they've always produced!!!
Aj on January 30, 2011:
If i am a 7 in u.s what am i in uk? plz HElp
Rob on November 29, 2010:
Actually, although it sounds pedantic and you rarely find EU 1/2 sizes, I think theoritically a UK woman's size 7 is an EU 40.5. EU 41 is a UK 7 1/2.
tanzi on November 03, 2010:
A Ladies size 7 EU is a 41 -- not a size 40 as stated in the chart a EU size 40 -- is a 6 to 6.5...
Mark on October 15, 2010:
I'm a size 11 in Canada/USA. Does that make me a size 43 for these shoes? I am confused. please advise.
Herve Leger on October 08, 2010:
I think this type of article is useful for many readers blog.Thank you sou much.
sam on October 08, 2010:
i am a size 7.5 in us what my size in eu
Pat on August 11, 2010:
Beth you are wrong....UK 11 is actually a 46 EU, but yes a US 12. Indeed very confusing
Jade on May 30, 2010:
That was confusing, this is my question: If i am a size 5 in Canada what size am i in UK?
Beth on February 14, 2010:
Do the math Franklyn! UK 11 = EU 44 = USA 12
DENIS JOHNSON on November 16, 2009:
US ladies sizes run 2 sizes bigger than the UK size for example a size 5 UK is converted to size 7 US. I found out the hard way when i bought some shoes and for my mum only to return to the UK and they were small as i had bought only 1 size up as this is the typical conversion for men (1 size up).
Franklyn Adedugbe on November 03, 2009:
I LIVE IN NIGERIA,AND I WISH TO BUY A GUCCI SHOE IN AMERICA THROUGH MY SISITER WHO LIVES IN THE US.I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH USA SHOE SIZE I DON'T KNOW MY REAL SIZE IN THE US,COULD YOU PLEASE HELP.MY SIZE IN THE UK,IS SIZE 11 WHAT WILL BE MY U.S.A. SIZE??????
franklyn on November 03, 2009:
i need to by a gucci shoe in America thru my sisiter and am confused about my size in America.My size in UK,is is size 11,what will be my size in USA??????
discount shoe on June 07, 2009:
thank you so much for this , there are so many shoe brands that go by their own measurements you really have to try a shoe sometimes to get the right fit
Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on November 30, 2008:
Thank you for this information as their sizes have always been confusing to me, so we are not the first ones out there that has this problem. I am certainly happy that I livein the U.S . as I am a size 7 and that makes me feel comfortable, if I were there then I would be a 6=39 and 39 to me is HUGE!!!:) Great Article!!