Getting the Right Chukka Shoe Size

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Finding the best-fitting chukkas depends on knowing how to measure shoe size correctly.

Chukka boots are comfortable when they match your feet measurement. If not, the wearer suffers from foot problems ranging from minor discomfort, corns and calluses to serious conditions like bunions and plantar fascitis. Besides these ill effects on feet, wearing poor-fitting shoes also harms other parts of the body such as the back, hips, ankles, or knees.

It goes without saying that getting the right size is the first crucial step in your search for the perfect pair of chukka boots.

Smart Ways to Get Your Real Shoe Size

Brannock device for men
Brannock Device for men's feet

The surest way to get your correct feet size is to visit a shoe store with professional master fitters. They are trained on getting accurate three-dimensional measurement of the feet for boot fitting: the instep, the width, and the length.

Most of these stores are equipped with the standard foot measuring tool called the Brannock device.

If you have access and time, visit the nearest shoe shop and have your feet measured. Or better yet, try on a pair of chukka of your prefered brand. Put them on with the typical socks you would use, stand, and walk around wearing both right and left shoes. It should feel snug but not pinching.

Once you find the pair that fits comfortably, check the labels for the length, width, and materials used. You can refer to these info when shopping in the future - whether at a store or online.

How to Measure Your Feet Size

If the brand you like is not available in your area, learn how to determine your shoe size on your own.

With these simple steps, you will be able to get your approximate feet measurements which you can always refer to when searching for your best-fitting chukka boots:

  1. You need a blank sheet of paper, a pencil/marker and a ruler/measuring tape.
  2. Decide which unit of measurement to use (cm or inches).
  3. Sit down. Step your foot (right or left) on the paper and carefully trace the outline of your foot. (You may ask someone at home for help.)
  4. Repeat the same step on your other foot. (The other foot might be smaller or bigger.)
  5. Draw a line connecting the furthest points of the toe and the heel. Measure the line to get the length.
  6. Next, draw a line connecting the furthest left and right sides. Measure to line to get the width.
  7. Now that you have your two-dimensional feet measurement, refer to the shoe size chart for the approximate conversion.

How to Use the Shoe Size Conversion

Most chukka brands post shoe size charts online. Bear in mind, however, that each manufacturer has its own specifications so it's best to familiarize yourself with a brand’s sizing conventions.

Below is a shoe size chart commonly referred to:

Men Shoe Size Conversion Table

Centimeters Inches US EURO UK
23.5 9.25 6 39 5.5
24.1 9.5 6.5 39 6
24.4 9.625 7 40 6.5
24.8 9.75 7.5 40-41 7
25.4 9.9375 8 41 7.5
25.7 10.125 8.5 41-42 8
26 10.25 9 42 8.5
26.7 10.4375 9.5 42 - 43 9
27 10.5625 10 43 9.5
27.3 10.75 10.5 43 - 44 10
27.9 10.9375 11 44 10.5
28.3 11.125 11.5 44 - 45 11
28.6 11.25 12 45 11.5
29.4 11.5625 13 46 12.5
30.2 11.875 14 47 13.5
31.0 12.1875 15 48 14.5
31.8 12.5 16 49 15.5

Women Shoe Size Conversion Table

Centimeters Inches US EURO UK
20.8 8.1875 4 35 2
21.3 8.375 4.5 35 2.5
21.6 8.5 5 35 - 36 3
22.2 8.75 5.5 36 3.5
22.5 8.875 6 36 - 37 4
23 9.0625 6.5 37 4.5
23.5 9.25 7 37 - 38 5
23.8 9.375 7.5 38 5.5
24.1 9.5 8 38 - 39 6
24.6 9.6875 8.5 39 6.5
25.1 9.875 9 39 - 40 7
25.4 10 9.5 40 7.5
25.9 10.1875 10 40 - 41 8
26.2 10.3125 10.5 41 8.5
26.7 10.5 11 41 - 42 9
27.1 10.6875 11.5 42 9.5
27.6 10.875 12 42 - 43 10

Now that you know your shoe size, you might want to add an extra half inch to give your toes wiggle room. Don’t be afraid to try on chukka boots from various brands to get an idea of their fit.