Learn More

Shoe Sizing & Fitting Tips

Testing the right size shoe is essential for providing accurate feedback. Here are some tips to ensure a proper fit.
  • To determine the correct shoe size for testing, all applicants must have their feet measured on a Brannock Device. All New Balance concept stores and most footwear specialty retail stores offer this service. This will determine your preferred shoe size and Brannock shoe size.

  • When trying on shoes put on all the equipment worn on your feet such as socks, braces or orthotics.

  • There should be enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes. Leave 1/4 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. This is about the width of your finger or thumb nail. This measurement should only be done while you are standing, since the foot elongates with weight on it.

  • Clues that your shoes are too small or narrow include foot cramping or "falling asleep" while running or just after running or the formation of blisters and calluses between or on your toes.

  • Your left and right feet may differ in length or width as much as a full size. Be sure to measure and try shoes on both feet, and always wear shoes that fit your larger foot.

  • If your feet seem "between" sizes we suggest you choose the larger size. You can make adjustments for a better fit with socks, insoles, or a different lacing pattern.

  • Feet typically get bigger with age. We encourage you to have your feet measured every year.

arrowBackWear Test Grading System
Arch AnalysisarrowNext