Many pairs of red leather Oxford shoes
Photo by bondarillia/Envato

How do you convert US shoe sizes to European sizes?

Note: This article may have affiliate links to Amazon or other companies. Purchases through these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Learn more here.

I am wondering how to tell what size shoes my family wears in Euro sizes, based on their American shoe sizes. Where can I find out how to convert US shoe sizes to European?

Size matters

Put away the ruler, and don’t run out and order one of those shoe size measuring… things. Although, yes, measuring is still the best bet for figuring out what size you (and the rest of your family) wears in other countries’ sizing schemes, here is a quick chart to help you find your size abroad:

Women’s Shoes

US shoe size 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
European shoe size 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

Men’s Shoes

US shoe size 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
European shoe size 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

Children’s Shoes

US shoe size European shoe size US shoe size European shoe size
3 18 11 30
4 20 12 31
5 22 13 32
6 23 1 33
7 24 2 34
8 25 3 35
9 27 4 36
10 29 5 38

Need to know more? You can check out for a handy interactive size conversion tool covering US, UK, European, Japanese, and other sizes.

A few tips

With this information at your feet, you should have the information you need to purchase shoes from anywhere in the world — and have them fit.

Bear in mind that shoe sizes can, of course, vary by manufacturer. The conversion chart or tool should be able to get you in the ballpark — however, like any piece of stuff you wear that you buy online, either be prepared to accept a slightly off fit, or buy from someone with a good/easy exchange policy.

Finally, because your feet may swell a little throughout the day, so to get the best fit, measure your feet — and try on new shoes — in the afternoon.