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Shoe How–To’s


Fashion tips and helpful advice from our real–life shoe experts.


There are just some brands and some styles that transcend gender. You know, a good Converse All Star is a good Converse All Star, and it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman. So what’s the problem then? Usually it is sizing. Most unisex shoe styles are sized according to men’s U.S. sizing. If you’re a woman and wear a size 7, a men’s size 7 is just not going to fit. So what do you do? That’s exactly why we’re here. With a few insider tips, there won’t be any section or department you’ll be skipping when shopping for shoes.

For women, it’s important to keep two things in mind when shopping for men’s or unisex shoes. First, a men’s medium width (D) is wider than a women’s medium width (B). (More about width later on). Second, men’s or unisex shoe sizes are, of course, sized on a different, longer scale. Women should remember to subtract two whole sizes (1 1/2 sizes is best when shopping Vans) from their shoe size number when shopping unisex and men’s shoes.

Need an example? If you wear a women’s U.S. size 7, you would subtract two whole sizes and find that you wear a men’s size 5. Need another one? A woman who wears a women’s size 9 shoe would wear a men’s or unisex size 7 shoe. It’s simple math…really!

So that takes care of the length difference. What about width? Women whose feet are on the wider side of a medium width often find that men’s styles are extremely comfortable and accommodating. Does that mean you’re out of luck if you wear a true medium or narrow width. No way. You can always search for men’s or unisex shoes in a narrow width. You might also want to look for styles that cinch with laces or straps.

So that’s it. Keep these notes as handy as your freshman Comp crib notes and you’re ready to shop. And if you need a little guidance, try shopping Converse, Havaianas or Vans (just to name a very few) from our huge selection of men’s and unisex shoes and right now.