Women’s Shoe Size
There is roughly a 1.5-size difference between men’s and women’s shoe sizes. For example, a men’s size 10 is equivalent to 11.5 women’s. Refer to the chart below to find your women’s shoe size.
Did you know that shoe sizes were originally measured in barleycorn? The average foot was approximately 39 barleycorn in length. Eventually, King Edwards decreed that three barleycorns were equal to an inch. Therefore, 39 barleycorn became 13 inches, or size 13. This is known as traditional English size.
The English prefer to begin counting from zero. For example, the first floor of a building is considered floor number zero. Americans, being less skilled at mathematics and counting, have a tendency to begin counting from 1. Therefore, US shoes sizes run one size larger than their English counterparts.
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