Shoe sizes are often given in different ways. Sometimes a shoe is an EU 38, sometimes a UK 5. How so?
The European shoe sizes are based on the French linear measure "Paris point". The length of a "Paris point" was defined in France in 1800. Since a centimetre was felt to be too great a difference between two shoe sizes, and half a centimetre too small because of the number of lasts which would then be necessary, two centimetres were divided by three. The result was 0.66cm. Even today, this is the difference in length between two European shoe sizes.
English sizes, on the other hand, are based on the inch unit (2.54cm). Since an inch is far too big for a gap between sizes, it was divided by three, resulting in a size difference of 0.846cm. As this is still quite a big difference, half sizes are commonly produced.
Benvado made a conscious decision to use the English shoe-size system, as this uses finer gradations in the units than the European system, thus allowing the shoe to be more precisely adapted to the foot.
This table may be used as a guideline to find out which size is best for you. However, we recommend you seek the professional advice of one of our Benvado retailers. Click here to find your nearest retailer
, who will be able to help you choose the best models and size for your foot.