How to Measure your Feet & Work out your Shoe Size

Nikkela Jorritsma

It can be tricky to order dance shoes online as you do not get the opportunity to try on the shoes before you buy, however if you measure your feet correctly and use the shoe sizes chart you should be able to order your new dance shoes easily.  Don't forget, if you do happen to order a pair of shoes at and they do not fit, I will happily exchange them for the correct size!

There are a few things to consider before you start measuring your feet:

  • Some people say that they know their Australian shoe size but not their US shoe size. 'Australian' sizes are US street sizes (i.e. 7, 7.5, 8). You can also view the equivalent Euro & UK size along with the measurements here.
  • When looking at ladies dance shoes, the varying styles may fit differently if you have a wider or narrower foot.  As a guide, the strappier the style (Pink Shoe), the narrower the fit across the forefoot area.  If this relates to you, you may like to order either a wide fitting shoe if that style is available as a wide fit, or you may like to order half a size up. The more solid styles of shoe (Green Shoe) tend to be more of a generous fit across the forefoot area. There are also some styles of shoe that are not very strappy but have a narrow toe opening (Blue Shoe) - these will also tend to be a narrower fit.

  • It is a good idea to measure your feet later in the day, as your feet tend to be more swollen (plus this is usually when dance classes are on!).


How To Measure your Feet 

  1.  You will need a pen or pencil, a piece of paper & a ruler.
  2. Sit down on a chair, place your left foot on the piece of paper, ensuring that it is just resting naturally.
  3. Holding the pen or pencil upright (perpendicular) to the paper, trace around your foot.
  4. Using the ruler, measure the distance from the back of the heel to the top of the longest toe. You will need to keep in mind the width of the pen or pencil you used - subtract the diameter of the pencil from your measurement. Write this measurement down using centimetres.
  5. Measure the widest point of your foot from left to right, again taking into account the width of the pen or pencil. Write this measurement down using centimetres. It is important to not press or push your foot down when measuring as this will significantly change your measurements.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5, measuring your right foot.
  7. Using the size chart to work out your shoes size - and order your new dance shoes!

Helpful Hint: You may like to keep these measurements handy so that you can order shoes online again!

    If you are still not sure what size would be best for you, please feel free to email your measurements and your preferred shoe style to me and I would be more than happy to help.

     Remember that if you happen to order a pair of shoes that do no fit when you receive them, I will exchange them for the correct size dance shoes.


    Happy Dancing!