SIZE ADVICE

Which sizes do you offer?

We started with shoes in EU sizes 36 to 45, equivalent to UK sizes 3 1/2 to 10 1/2, US sizes 4 1/2 to 11 1/2, Japanese sizes 22,5 to 29,5.

Since our crowdfunding campaign in October 2020 we offer children sizes too.

In the following years we will offer more sizes step by step.

How do I find out my correct shoe size?

If you normally wear socks leave or put them on while measuring your feet.

Lay a sheet of paper on the floor against a wall and stand on it with your heel touching the wall.
The weight of your body should be evenly distributed on both feet.

Draw a line around your longest toe while holding the pen vertical.

Take a ruler and measure the distance between the edge of the paper where your heel has been and your drawn line.
Always measure both feet and choose the longer distance for the next steps.

Add ca. 10mm (3/8 inches) on grown up feet or 12-17mm (1/2 to 5/8 inches) on feet which are still growing and you will get the exact shoe size.
Compare your measurement with our guide and find your size.

Notice!
We work with traditional lengths which are used in shoe production for many generations. Don’t check your size with the help of other shoes, because the length always depends on the toe shape and meanwhile a lot of companies define their own shoe sizes.

 

How much space needs a foot in a shoe?

For a perfect fit add ca. 10 mm (3/8 inches) to the length of grown-up feet and you get your shoe size.

Add 12-17 mm (1/2-5/8 inches) to the real length of a child’s foot to allow it to grow.
Feet of children grow about 1mm (1/32 inch) per month, often slower, sometimes faster…
Children not necessarily feel when a shoe is to small because their bones are still soft and the joints very flexible. Considering that it’s even more important to check your child’s size regularly; best every 3 months of jounger kids and twice a year of older kids.
When only 9 mm (3/8 inches) are left between toes and shoe you should urgently switch to the next bigger size.

Never add more than 18 mm (3/4 inches) to the foot, otherwise you risk stumbling and the shoe won’t fit well.

This doesn’t apply to shoes of other brands, especially not to shoes with stiff soles and caps and different shapes!

Important for healthy foot-muscles is also a big toe box. It means that ALL of the toes have enough space to move freely inside the shoe.
This sometimes gives the impression that the shoe is to large. But most likely the toes are just not used to this freedom anymore that the bebbo-shoe gives them back.

If you have narrow feet or/ and your shoe is a bit wide, insert one of our flexible insoles.

Fitting information

In 2020, we have revised the fit of our shoes again. The ankle boot Freigeist now fits better in the back of the foot and is a bit more spacious in the joint and toe area.

The Nordpol winter boots are slightly narrower at the joint than all the other shoes.

The sneaker Reiselust and the ballerina Sommerwiese are perceived as quite wide. While the generous width is less noticeable on the half boot Freudentanz, since it can be more regulated by means of lacing or even thicker socks.

If you have normally slim or narrow feet or / and the shoes feel too loose, insert one of our pliant and breathable insoles. With the insoles, the shoes remain light and very flexible.

Some models come with an insole – we tell you when that’s the case. If you have rather wide feet or / and the shoe with the insole is too tight for you, you can easily wear it without the insole.

Please note that due to the intentionally missing stiffeners the leather shoes contract slightly after manufacture and are therefore 2-3mm smaller than the Piñatex shoes which are slightly more stiff at the beginning. Therefore we give only estimated dimensions in our size table.

Everyone feels “fits great” differently. For some people, we would advise already the next size, so a remote diagnosis is difficult and also very dependent on the shape of your toe part.

New shoes soften faster if you knead and crush them well; this makes the Piñatex in particular much softer.

Size table

You can download our size table here.

Please note that our winter boots Nordpol are a bit narrower than our other shoes.