Many shoppers now prefer the convenience of online shopping over visiting physical stores, and when it comes to international apparel and footwear, it definitely helps to have clothes and shoe size conversion charts on hand.
Some of Australia's favourite online shopping destinations are international stores, think ASOS, Missguided, eBay and Amazon. As such, we commonly see a lot of American, European and British sizes available, which can be quite different to our Australian sizes.
Getting the perfect fit is important, so we've put together some very useful size conversion charts for shoes and clothes that will help you make sense of all of the international sizes we see here in Australia. You'll be able to quickly convert those Birkenstocks in European sizes to a corresponding Australian size in seconds, and be confidence that those American-sized New Balance trainers for the kids are actually going fit.
Bookmark this page and think of it as your new best friend when you're making those online purchases.
Shoe Size Conversion Charts
Our size conversion charts below will definitely be a big help in making the right choices for your family, but there are also extra steps you can take to ensure you're going to get the ultimate fit when it comes to footwear.
- Remember this general rule:
- AU children's sizes are generally the same as UK
- AU men's sizes are generally the same as UK
- AU women's sizes are generally the same as US
- Measure both feet and record the length of the largest foot (most people have one foot that is slightly larger). This is how to do it:
- Place a piece of paper on a hard floor and step on it with both feet
- With a pen, outline each foot, making sure to concentrate on the heel and toe
- With a ruler, measure the length from the heel to the longest toe
- It's a good idea to record the measurement in inches and centimetres as brands can differ in their measurement systems.
- Refer to each individual brand's size chart when shopping online. While our charts are an excellent guide, some brands can be quite different to the norm when it comes to sizing - some can be a larger fit, others tend to be a small fit. Size charts are usually found on next to the size options on a listing, and often in the footer of a brand's website.
- For children's footwear and clothing, allow a few extra centimetres for growth and wriggle room.
Kids' Shoe Size Conversion
Men's Shoe Size Conversion
Women's Shoe Size Conversion
Clothing Size Conversion Charts
Buying clothing from international brands and stores online doesn't need to be difficult, and our guides below will give you a good indication of how overseas sizes convert to Australian ones.
Kids' Clothing Conversions
As a general rule, when it comes to kids' clothing, Australian sizes tend to be the same as UK sizes, so if you are buying from UK stores like Sports Direct or Next, for example, go with the same size you would buy here at home. US sizes tend to be the same, but are labelled by age; and European sizes are labelled by height.
Women's Clothing Conversion
Shoppers will find that women's UK dress sizes are the same as Australian, and women's US clothing sizes are two less than Australian (so an AU 12, would be a US 10). European sizes can vary between countries, but France and Spain are usually the same.
Tips For Getting the Right Size
Conversion charts are just one of a few methods to will help you you get the right fit each time. Here are some other useful tips that should have you looking and feeling great in that new purchase.
Have yourself measured
It may be scary to face the tape measure, but it's definitely worth doing, especially given that most good retail stores include actual measurements against their size listings. When one store's 12 may be another store's 14, the measurement is going to come in very handy in determining the correct size for you.
If you can, get someone to take your basic measurements (height, bust, inner leg length, rise, shoulder width, waist and hips); it's often more accurate than if you try to do it yourself.
Stick to stores you've bought from before
Brands aren't likely to alter their sizing for fear of angering their loyal customers, so chances are, even if it's several years later, you'll get the right size again if you return to the same store.
Remember to check marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Catch for bargains on big brands; there are also deals sites like Deals Direct and Ozsale which frequently have designer labels on offer at heavily reduced prices.
Shop at stores with no-fuss returns
At the end of the day you may need to return something, and the last thing you want is to have to pay a fortune to do that, especially if you bought from overseas. Buy from reputable stores that have great returns policies - a growing number of Australian retailers now have free returns online, and it makes it very easy to get your hands on the right size, without spending too much extra money.