Designer Shoe Sizes: A Complete Guide to Finding the Right Fit

Designer Shoe Sizes: A Complete Guide to Finding the Right Fit

One of many inevitable questions that arise while shopping for designer shoes online is whether or not the shoes will fit comfortably. We get it.


Shopping for designer shoes online can feel like a daunting task, especially when it comes to determining the right size. However, with a bit of expert help (cue this FASHIONPHILE blog article), you can easily convert designer shoe sizes and get closer to finding your perfect fit. The following post will provide useful tips for converting your designer shoe size and how popular shoe styles run from some of the ultra-luxury brands we carry. 

How to Determine Your Shoe Size

When shopping for designer shoes, one thing to consider is how numerical sizes differ. To ensure a perfect fit, numerous ultra-luxury brands advise measuring your foot first and then using the obtained measurement to cross-reference it with their shoe size chart. This method can help you select the most comfortable and well-fitting shoes from their collection. 

To determine your shoe size, you can follow these steps:

  1. Place a sheet of paper on a hard floor and stand on it with your bare foot.
  2. Use a pen or pencil to mark the furthest points of your foot (usually the toe and heel).
  3. Measure the distance between the two points in centimeters or inches.
  4. Use a shoe size chart from a reputable brand or retailer to determine your shoe size based on your foot measurement.

It’s important to note that different brands may have slight variations in their shoe sizes, so it’s always best to refer to their specific size chart for accurate measurements. Additionally, the width of your foot can also impact the fit of a shoe, so that’s worth considering when selecting a size. Below are charts that you can reference that list both women’s and men’s shoe sizes and how those numericals convert depending on which country’s sizing. Note: US shoe size scale is recorded in inches.

Women’s International Shoe Size Conversion Chart

9 640398.5260267

Men's International Shoe Size Conversion Chart

4.5 384230234.5
538.5 4.523523.55
5.539 5240245.5

*The sizes in these charts are approximate and can vary slightly depending on the brand and style of the shoe. It’s always recommended to refer to the size chart provided by the specific brand or retailer you are purchasing from for the most accurate measurements.

How Ultra-Luxury Shoes Fit

When it comes to shopping for shoes, it’s essential to keep in mind that not all designer brands fit the same. Therefore, it’s crucial to take some time to research and understand the shoe sizing of the brands you’re interested in. At FASHIONPHILE, we accept shoes from various brands and understand the importance of knowing the fit of each brand’s popular shoe styles. Below are the brands we accept shoes from, along with some insights into how their well-known shoe styles typically run in terms of sizing.

How do Balenciaga shoe sizes run?

Balenciaga shoes can fit differently depending on the specific style and model. However, in general, Balenciaga shoes are known to fit true to size. Balenciaga uses French shoe sizing (FR). 

Popular Balenciaga Shoes

Popular Balenciaga shoes include the Track, Triple S, and Speed, all known to have a standard fit, meaning they run true to size. Balenciaga advisors recommend if you want extra room go up a size. The Speed sneakers are also made with a stretchy knit material, so they should fit comfortably around the ankles. 

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Are Bottega Veneta shoes true to size?

Bottega Veneta offers a range of shoe styles, including pumps, sandals, boots, and sneakers, all of which use IT/EU shoe sizing. When purchasing a pair of Bottega Veneta shoes, it’s important to consider the specific design and material of the shoe since this can also impact the fit.

Popular Bottega Veneta Shoes 

Both the Lido Flat Sandals and Lido Mule Sandals run true to size, but due to the square toe, Bottega Veneta advisors recommend trying on a couple of different sizes to see what you prefer best. The Stretch Ankle Tie Sandals run ½ a size big because of the netting, so it is recommended to go down ½ a size. The Curve Slide Sandals run ½ a size small, so for a comfortable fit, try going ½ a size up. The Lug Chelsea Boots are known to run a full size large, so if you’re eyeing these, try going down a size. 

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Do Chanel shoes run small?

Chanel shoes typically run small to true to size, and Chanel uses French shoe sizing (FR). 

Popular Chanel Shoes 

Chanel Ballet flats in lambskin are said to run true to size, but they tend to be more narrow, so if you have wider feet, it is recommended to order ½ a size up. On the contrary, tweed Ballerina flats are said to run a little bit bigger, so try choosing a ½ size down.

If you love the Chanel Ballet flats, chances are you also love the Chanel CC Slingbacks. Whether you’re looking at flat slingbacks or pumps, Chanel Slingback shoes run true to size. However, if you have wider feet, it is recommended to try a ½ size to full size up. According to numerous reviews, the Chanel Slingback heels do not stretch with wear, making it advisable to stick to your regular size for a comfortable fit.

 Chanel Dad Sandals tend to run large, so order ½ size down. And depending on the style, Chanel CC sneakers typically run ½ a size smaller than the listed size, so try ordering ½ a size bigger. When it comes to deciding on a sneaker size, it depends on the type of socks you plan to wear. But a best practice is always to try on a few sneaker sizes before making a final decision. 

Another popular shoe style is the Chanel CC Espadrilles, which come in various materials such as lambskin, calfskin, and tweed. Chanel CC Espadrilles tend to run small, so it’s advisable to consider choosing ½ size to a full size larger than your usual shoe size preference to ensure a comfortable fit. 

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How do Christian Dior shoe sizes run?

Christian Dior shoes generally run true to size. However, like with most designer shoe brands, the fit may vary depending on the specific style and design of the shoe. Christian Dior uses IT/EU shoe sizing. 

Popular Christian Dior Shoes

The Christian Dior Dway Mules Slide Sandals run true to size, so it is recommended to order your normal size; however, if you have wider feet, order a ½ size up. The Walk’N’Dior Low Top sneakers run larger, so order ½ a size smaller than you would typically. 

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Are Christian Louboutin shoes true to size?

Christian Louboutin shoes are renowned for their signature red soles and use French (FR) sizing. 

Popular Christian Louboutin Shoes

Most Christian Louboutin pumps run true to size, such as the Kate Pumps and Pigalle Pumps

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How do Fendi shoes fit?

At FASHIONPHILE, we accept current styles of Fendi shoes. Fendi shoes come in IT/EU sizing.

Popular Fendi Shoes

Most styles, such as the Fendi First High Heel Slide Sandals, run true to size, but when in doubt, it’s always a good idea to visit one of our Showroom locations in Carlsbad, CA, or Chelsea, NYC, to try on if you can. 

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Do Givenchy shoes run big?

Givenchy may be iconic thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s dress at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but Givenchy shoes are arguably just as alluring and daring for the time. Givenchy uses French (FR) shoe sizing, and like all other brands, it is generally recommended to refer to the brand’s size chart or to try on the shoes in person to ensure the best fit.

Popular Givenchy Shoes

Givenchy Mule Slide sandals are more on the narrow side, so if you have wider feet, go up a size. The Givenchy Shark Lock Boots fit small so take one size up. 

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Are Gucci shoes true to size?

The world of Gucci is filled with iconic luxury shoes that generally run true to size, but it can depend on the specific style and design of the shoe. Gucci manufactures all their items, including shoes in Italy, and use IT/EU shoe sizing. 

Popular Gucci Shoes 

The ever-iconic Princetown Slippers run small (particularly those with fur), so Gucci advisors recommend selecting ½ a size up. The Jordaan Loafers, especially leather ones, typically run on the slim side but tend to stretch over time so with that in mind, it is recommended to order your typical size or a ½ size down than what you would normally wear.

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How do Hermes shoes fit?

Hermes shoes generally run true to size and use French (FR) sizing. 

Popular Hermes Shoes

The Hermes Oran sandals, since their debut in 1997, remain in high demand for ultra-luxury shoppers looking for a great pair of everyday sandals. The Oran style is said to run true to size, but if you have wider feet, it is recommended to go ½ a size up. 

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How do Jimmy Choo shoe sizes run?

Jimmy Choo shoes generally run true to size, but it’s always best to refer to the brand’s specific size chart to determine the most accurate size for you. Jimmy Choo uses IT/EU sizing.

Popular Jimmy Choo Shoes

The Jimmy Choo Romy pumps come in different heel heights but all typically fit true to size. 

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Do Louis Vuitton shoes run small?

Louis Vuitton shoes have IT/EU shoe sizing. 

Popular Louis Vuitton Shoes

The Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers run true to size; however, Louis Vuitton still recommends measuring your feet to know for sure. Pro tip: measure with your socks on if you’re considering buying Louis Vuitton sneakers, as this may gauge whether or not to go up ½ a size for more room. 

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Do you size up in Prada shoes?

If you’re wondering if Prada shoes fit big or small, you’re not alone. The answer always goes back to the style. Prada shoes come in IT/EU shoe sizing. 

Popular Prada Shoes

For instance, the Prada Cloudbust Thunder sneakers run true to size and have a snug fit, as well as the Prada Rubber Cage Sandals. However, Prada Loafers, although chunky, are light on the feet and typically run true to size, but many reviews share that this style runs narrow. With that said, if you have wider feet, it may be worth trying ½ a size up for Prada loafers. 

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Do Saint Laurent shoes fit true to size?

Saint Laurent shoes have French (FR) sizing.

Popular Saint Laurent Shoes

Saint Laurent shoe styles such as the Opyum Pumps run small, so ordering a size up is recommended.

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Are Valentino Garavani shoes standard fit?

Valentino Garavani shoes use IT/EU sizing. 

Popular Valentino Garavani Shoes

The Valentino Garavani Tan-go Platform Pumps run small, so it is recommended to order a ½ size up.  

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By following this guide, we hope you can have an easier time understanding designer shoe sizing and can get closer to finding your dream pair of shoes that fit perfectly. If you’re interested in reading more, this post shares the top 5 most-popular designer sandals

Whether you’re shopping for wedding shoes, graduation shoes, or just treating yourself to a new pair, FASHIONPHILE has an assortment of shoes from a range of ultra-luxury designers. If you live near one of our Showroom locations, make an appointment to come in and try shoes on. You can also contact our Personal Shoppers with any questions you may have. Happy shoe shopping!
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