What Is the Average Shoe Size for Men? The Answer Might Surprise You

Have you ever wondered if you have a crazy-big or wildly small foot? For men, it’s pretty easy to determine, as there are many studies analyzing the average size of a male foot.

Average Shoe Size for Men

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In 2014, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that the worldwide average shoe size for men is between 9 and 12, while the American average male shoe size is a 10.5.

How to Determine Your Shoe Size

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To determine your shoe size, make sure to measure your feet at the end of the day when they’re the largest. The best method is to use a Brannock device or a ruler to determine your foot’s length and width, but every shoe has its own shape and fit that could affect the size you’ll need.

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Largest Shoe Size Available

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The largest shoe size ever was 37AA, worn by Robert Wadlow, an American who lived from 1918 to 1940; Wadlow was 8 feet 11 inches tall and still holds the Guinness World Record for largest feet ever.

Nowadays, the largest shoe size that most brands offer for men is a 13 or 14, but athletic brands like Nike or Adidas offer up to a 21 or 22.

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Smallest Shoe Size Available

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While there is always the option to shop kids shoes for men with smaller feet, the smallest size most adult shoe brands offer is on average a 5. A useful alternative is to shop shoes with unisex sizing as they typically have a wider range of smaller styles.

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Do Your Feet Ever Stop Growing?

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For most, feet will stop growing a few years after puberty or adolescence — for men, that’s around age 16. Your feet may continue to go up in shoe sizes, though, due to weight gain and loss of ligament and tendon mobility across a lifetime, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

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