How to choose the right size of shoes online: guide for boots, ankle boots, derbies and sneakers

Buying shoes on the internet can be a big challenge, especially when you are not familiar with the brands or models. Afraid they're too big, too small, not wide enough? This guide will help you choose the right size for your online shoe shopping, covering the specifics of boots, booties, derbies and sneakers, and taking into account wide feet, wide instep, talcum powder and shoe trees.

1. Measure your feet

Before you start shopping online, it is important to know your measurements. Here's how to do it:Stand on a piece of paper with your bare feet.Trace the outline of each foot with a pencil.Measure the length and width of each foot in centimeters.Add 0.5 cm to the length and 0.3 cm to the width to account for the thickness of the line.Keep these measurements handy when shopping online and check our size guide.

2. Choosing the right size for boots and booties

Leather boots and booties tend to soften slightly over time. If you're not sure which size to choose, go with the smaller size. Also, check the shaft height and calf circumference to make sure they fit your measurements.

3. Choosing the right size for derbies and sneakers

For derbies and sneakers, size and width are also important. Leather derbies can also soften a bit over time, so it's best to choose a slightly smaller size if you're between sizes. Sneakers, on the other hand, tend to be looser, so it's important to choose a size that gives you a good fit without being too tight.

4. Tips for wide feet

If you have wide feet, check the width of the sole as well as the calf circumference to make sure they fit your feet. Don't hesitate to opt for a larger size. Choose the softer models made of turned-up skins rather than the classic leathers. 

5. Tips for wide kicks

People with wide insteps may have difficulty fitting certain shoes, especially narrow boots and ankle boots. Look for softer boots or booties made of turned-up skins rather than traditional leathers. Look for models with zippers or elastics to make them easier to put on. *Tips*: Don't be afraid to put your boots on at 90 degrees to your feet and put them back on the right way at the last moment. Use talcum powder. This should make putting them on easier.Derbies and sneakers with laces also allow for a more personalized fit.

6. Use of talcum powder to put on the boots

Talcum powder can be used to make putting on leather boots easier. Sprinkle a little talcum powder on the inside of the boot before putting it on. The talc will reduce the friction between your foot and the boot, making it easier and more comfortable to put on.

7. Using shoe trees to help put on your shoes

Shoe trees are devices that help preserve the shape of shoes and make them easier to put on. They are especially useful for leather shoes because they prevent the leather from buckling or wrinkling. To use a shoe tree, simply insert it into the shoe after wearing it and leave it in place until the next time you use it. See our guide on why and how to use a shoe tree.


By following these tips, you should be able to choose the right shoe size for your online shopping, whether it's for boots, booties, derbies or sneakers. Don't forget to measure your feet, consider the width and instep, and use tips like talcum powder and shoe trees to make putting on your shoes easier and longer.