We've all been through it - you're about to buy a new pair of shoes and just need to select your size. But which size are you? You go to check all your other shoes and there's a mix of sizes instead of just one - even if they're under the same country sizing system! What gives?
Each manufacturer will follow it's own 'template' for sizing, and with their own teams of manufacturing technicians that have their own experiences and styles of production, it's no wonder that every brand will end up having a slightly different fit. This makes it very difficult to understand your true size though, doesn't it?
Remember: our shoes run large
When it comes to Charlie Stone and Honiara Vintage shoes, our make does run a bit large compared to most other brands, particularly when compared to other vintage reproduction brands (like Remix or BAIT). So don't freak out if your size in our shoes seems to be a whole size smaller than your usual size!
First you will need to find a wall to stand against and a straight edged item. Use whatever you have available, as long as it is straight!
Stand comfortably against the wall with your heel touching the wall. Ensure you have your weight distributed over your feet naturally. The wall becomes your base measuring point.
Using your straight edge item, place it carefully against your foot at the longest point (i.e. at the edge of your longest toe). Make sure the item's edge is parallel to the wall so you have a straight measuring point from the wall to the edge of your item.
Carefully move away from the wall and measure the length between the wall and your item, ensuring the measurement is taken adjacent at a 90 degree angle to the wall. We recommend using a ruler or metal measuring tape if you have one.
Once you have measured this length in cm, this becomes your foot length used to match against our size chart!
Once you have your length measurement, find it on our Size Chart and see what size range it falls into. Keep in mind that we have 2 size grades - you'll need to remember your size for both grades as we advise the size grade on each product page.
Lastly, have a look at the sizes you wear in your other shoes as a quick sense check to see if the size you've matched in our chart seems right. It is very common for customers to be one size smaller in our shoes vs other fashion brands.
- You measure your feet and the length comes to 23.8cm long
- You fall into the 37 size on our chart
- Your normal shoe size is 37.5 which is in line with expectations knowing that our shoes run larger than others