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By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT)—a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mountains. In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is "Anish," conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage--her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail--pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers--she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward. Heather is the second woman to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking,” completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails twice each. She holds overall self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013)—hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes, breaking the previous men’s record by four days and becoming the first women to hold the overall record—and the Arizona Trail (2016), which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She also holds the women’s self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) with a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes. Heather has hiked more than twenty thousand miles since 2003, including ten thru-hikes. An ultramarathon runner, she has completed six 100-mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50 km and 50-mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. Heather is also an avid mountaineer working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.

How To Measure Your Shoe Size

Here are the best shoe size conversion charts - in US, UK, European, and inches, for men's, kid's and women's shoes. 
 
If you've ever wondered "What size shoe is a 38?" (It is a men's size 7.5 in the US) or "What is a size 40 in shoes?" (that'd be a US men's size 9.5), read on to learn how to measure shoe sizes in different countries.
 
How do you measure shoe size? It is possible to measure your own foot using a ruler or a Brannock device, but since our feet our three dimensional, this will only approximate your measurements. After you've measured your foot, try using our conversion charts below to see what your size is. Be mindful that different brands, like Altra running shoes vs. Brooks running shoes vs. Oboz hiking boots, maybe run slightly different in sizes. 
 
Women's Shoe Size Conversions
US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes Inches CM
4 35 2 8.1875" 20.8
4.5 35 2.5 8.375" 21.3
5 35-36 3 8.5" 21.6
5.5 36 3.5 8.75" 22.2
6 36-37 4 8.875" 22.5
6.5 37 4.5 9.0625" 23
7 37-38 5 9.25" 23.5
7.5 38 5.5 9.375" 23.8
8 38-39 6 9.5" 24.1
8.5 39 6.5 9.6875" 24.6
9 39-40 7 9.875" 25.1
9.5 40 7.5 10" 25.4
10 40-41 8 10.1875" 25.9
10.5 41 8.5 10.3125" 26.2
11 41-42 9 10.5" 26.7
11.5 42 9.5 10.6875" 27.1
12 42-43 10 10.875" 27.6

Men's Shoe Size Conversions

US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes Inches CM
6 39 5.5 9.25" 23.5
6.5 39 6 9.5" 24.1
7 40 6.5 9.625" 24.4
7.5 40-41 7 9.75" 24.8
8 41 7.5 9.9375" 25.4
8.5 41-42 8 10.125" 25.7
9 42 8.5 10.25" 26
9.5 42-43 9 10.4375" 26.7
10 43 9.5 10.5625" 27
10.5 43-44 10 10.75" 27.3
11 44 10.5 10.9375" 27.9
11.5 44-45 11 11.125" 28.3
12 45 11.5 11.25" 28.6
13 46 12.5 11.5625" 29.4
14 47 13.5 11.875" 30.2
15 48 14.5 12.1875" 31
16 49 15.5 12.5" 31.8
Big Kid Shoe Size Conversions (7 – 12 years)
US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes Inches CM
3.5 35 2.5 8.625" 21.9
4 36 3 8.75" 22.2
4.5 36 3.5 9" 22.9
5 37 4 9.125" 23.2
5.5 37 4.5 9.25" 23.5
6 38 5 9.5" 24.1
6.5 38 5.5 9.625" 24.4
7 39 6 9.75" 24.8
Little Kid Shoe Size Conversions (4 – 7 years)
US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes Inches CM
10.5 27 9.5 6.625" 16.8
11 28 10 6.75" 17.1
11.5 29 10.5 7" 17.8
12 30 11 7.125" 18.1
12.5 30 11.5 7.25" 18.4
13 31 12 7.5" 19.1
13.5 31 12.5 7.625" 19.4
1 32 13 7.75" 19.7
1.5 33 14 8" 20.3
2 33 1 8.125" 20.6
2.5 34 1.5 8.25" 21
3 34 2 8.5" 21.6

FAQ & Tips

  • What if I am between shoe sizes? We recommend you should size up, especially in active & sports shoes. This includes running shoes and hiking boots. 
  • Does 0.5 size make a difference in shoes? Yes, it certainly does! Wearing shoes that are too small can cause pain and injuries. Blisters, lose of toenails and bunions can all result from wearing shoes that are even 0.5 size too small. These are common ailments of beginner runners. 
  • Is one foot bigger than the other? It is common for people to have one foot that is slightly bigger than the other. Our tip is that you should buy shoes that fit the larger foot (buy pairs of shoes in the larger size of the two). 
  • Should shoes be tight or lose? Unfortunately, this is not a simple question. Shoes should not be too tight or too lose. You should be able to put a thumbs width at the end of your toe box, between your big toe and the pointy end of the shoe. You should also be able to snuggly fit your index finger between your heel and the back of the shoe. If you have not much (or not enough!) space in either of these areas, try a different size shoe. 
  • When should I try on shoes? A great tip for runners is to try on running shoes at the end of a work day. As you run, just like when you are on your feet for work, your feet swell. You will want to try on running shoes when your feet are at their largest. This allows them to still fit comfortably after a long distance run. 
  • What size shoe should I buy? This shoe chart is not a guarantee your shoes will fit. If you are in the area of Memphis, Tennessee, run on in to one of our running specialty & gear stores and our experienced fit experts will help you out!

Image below: A Brannock device is one tool run specialists use to measure shoe size. It can measure not only foot length, but also foot width. 

How to measure shoe size - Brannock Device

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