Why an adidas sizing guide? I know my shoe size! Many of you may think so, but everyone knows this problem: You order a pair of new kicks from adidas and wait in anticipation for our friends from the post office. You unpack the package, open the shoebox and can't wait to put on your new "babies". Then the shock: The shoe is too big or too small, it squeezes on the side or squeezes your toes, and and and and… The disappointment is big and you have to send the package back. Bad for our environment - bad for your heart. ?
To do something for our environment together and to the fact that you don't have to shed any more tears, we have created a sizing guide for you. Today we'll show you your favorite adidas models and tell you exactly how each one fits.
How to determine your own shoe size
First of all, it is important to determine your own shoe size. When you order sneakers online, it is not as easy as when you walk into a shoe shop and can try on the shoe on the spot.
Here is what you need to measure your own shoe size:
- 2 sheets of A4 paper
- A pencil
- A ruler
How to calculate the dimensions of your foot:
Take a sheet of paper and the pencil, choose a wall you can stand upright against, and put your heel all the way up against it. It is best to put on the socks you will also wear in your new shoes. Secure the sheet of paper to the floor with tape or your weight and stand on it with your heel against the wall. It is best to ask someone to draw around your foot with the pencil. Once you have a nice outline, grab a ruler and measure the distance from the heel to the tip of your big toe. Record this result in centimetres.
Repeat this process on your other foot too. It may sound duplicate, but for many people, the sizes differ from one foot to another. Then take the largest foot as a reference to determine your shoe size using the appropriate table. Remember that information from different manufacturers may differ and therefore you should always follow their size charts.
You can use each brand's size charts to find the perfect shoe size by comparing it to your measured size. But beware! Many styles differ in fit, even if the brand is the same. Manufacturers often write this in the description.
The sizing guide for your adidas favourites
Of course we start with a classic that has always won new fans without exception. With this model it is generally very easy to find the right size. That's because the Superstar fits true to size. This means that the adidas standard size chart applies to this model exactly. You can easily find your EU & US shoe size by holding on to your foot length. However, the adidas Superstar is a rather narrow cut and relatively tight shoe. In the long run, especially with models with leather uppers, it could become uncomfortable to wear if you have extremely wide feet. Those affected should consider another model with a stretchy upper or at least half a size upsize.
Conclusion: True to size, or half a size up for wide feet
adidas Ultra Boost
The tour continues with a flagship of the brand. Especially in the running world of adidas, this silhouette is in great demand and has many fans. adidas uses a very elastic material here, as with many of the brand's shoes. This is an advantage especially for wider feet, as the foot has enough room and still has optimal support. However, I have to say from my own experience that the adidas Ultra Boost feels very tight in my size, which fits according to the size chart. When jogging, this certainly provides a good hold. However, this pressure on the foot is annoying after a while. That's why I prefer to buy a little bigger.
Conclusion: Optimal to upsize 1/3 size
A slightly newer model is the adidas NMD, a sneaker that is said to be the first shoe that was not designed as a sport shoe but as a pure lifestyle shoe by adidas. No wonder that the sizing of this model also differs greatly from the classic models. In my standard size I have a lot of space in the NMD at the outer edge. Again, an elastic upper material is used, which also offers enough space and comfort for wider feet. Nevertheless, I noticed especially with the older models that the shoe is cut very narrowly towards the toe. This meant that I had to buy the shoe a bit bigger.
Conclusion: Optimal to upsize 1/3 size
adidas Continental 80
The adidas Continental 80 is, as the name suggests, from the 80s. This sneaker was originally designed as a tennis shoe and is based on the design of the adidas Powerphase. This silhouette made its comeback a few years ago and since then it has become an integral part of the streets out there. This model has a leather upper, but like most shoes with an all leather upper, it is not as tight as others. So if you have very narrow feet, you can go down with the size, otherwise the shoe fits true to size.
Conclusion: True to size, size down to max. 2/3 size with very narrow feet
For more sizing guides for your favourite sneaker models, visit the Sneaker Sizing Guide page.