These instructions will guide you through measuring your feet to insure the best fit possible when your shoes are being made. You can do this anywhere, and you don't have to make an appointment with me to get it done.

For this process you will need a pen or pencil, a sheet of 8.5”x11” paper, a flexible measuring tape and friend to help.

First, start with a sheet of 8.5”x11” paper (this size is important because you will have to scan and attach it in an email to us) and a friend with a pen or pencil in their hand. Situate the paper so that your entire right foot will fit on it without hanging over. This often means that you will have to line your foot from corner to corner on the paper. When your foot is placed correctly, stand as you would normally and do not lean with more weight to one side than the other. Just stand straight and tall. Next have your friend with the pen outline your foot, being careful to hold the pen perpendicular to the floor as they draw. Do not angle the pen in either direction. Your foot will seem bigger to you when you see it outlined. This is your foot at work!


Note: It is important to wear the type of socks you will typically wear with the shoes you are purchasing. It’s also a good idea to roll up your pants so that they do not interfere with the outlining process.
Repeat the process with your other foot utilizing the same sheet of paper. Only this time lining it up with the opposite corners.  After you finish tracing both feet, your paper should look like this:

Next, you take four measurements around each foot (for a total of 8 measurements). Sit in a chair and cross one leg over the other. This allows your foot to be relaxed. Do not remove your socks. One foot may be different from the other, most are, don’t be alarmed. Do not pull the measuring tape tightly, just make sure there is no slack in it. Remember, you want the shoes to fit your foot, not constrict them.


Measure the ball: This is the measurement of the circumference around the ball area of your foot. To measure the ball find the joints of your smallest toe and your biggest toe. For most people this is the widest part of their feet. Wrap the flexible measuring tape around your foot and over these two joints. The measurement in inches is the measurement of the ball. Measure to the nearest 1/8" (its typical for feet to need fractions when measuring)
Measure the waist: The waist is the measurement of the circumference of your foot just past the ball. Wrap the tape around the waist to find your measurement.
Measure the instep: The instep is the measurement around the middle of the arch. Wrap the tape round this area to find your measurement.
Measure the heel: The heel is the measurement from the corner of the heel around the joint of the leg and foot.

Now that you have your measurements, scan and email them to us!  Make sure you let us know that you are sending us measurements when you order.  Happy tracing!

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