Just as the way people look varies around the world, people’s feet also are different depending on where you come from. Here a large review of feet shapes around the world.

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First a disclaimer, this is clearly a generalising walkthrough, there are large variations of people’s feet even if one originates from the same country/region. It also varies a lot about how much knowledge I have / have managed to allocate myself between different areas, so if you know that I am wrong about something, please correct me. Satra, the independent research and test institute for the shoe industry, has made a giant survey of foot shapes around the world, but since it’s only available for member companies and costs €6,000 (it is aimed for international shoe companies), this is nothing I have had the opportunity to do learn from. But there are other research, data and general information. Since this blog is mainly about men’s shoes and this is where I have the best knowledge, this also applies when it comes to feet, but as a rule, you can say that the same rules go through for women’s feet (unless stated otherwise).


In this post I don’t go into the different shapes of the toes, but here above is a good overview, though also this very generalizing. Picture: Ancestral Findings

Russia and Eastern Europe

Here, especially for Russian feet, the characteristic is like the northern European foot, but further pushed, so to speak. Here, many have really high insteps and wide feet over the ball. Often has a challenge when it comes to finding shoes that sit comfortably and looks good on the feet.


Asian feet are to begin with much smaller than western feet, on average about 2 cm shorter. Moreover, the instep is lower, they are wider and less bony, plus the heels are more cupped if you see them in profile, which can make a difference between Asian manufacturers’ shoes and European. Are you visiting for example in Japan or China and if you have feet about the size of UK9 / EU43 or above, it’s almost no chance to find shoes in the stores there.

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North America

Here is a clear and interesting difference to European feet, and it’s the fact that the Americans generally have narrower feet. Quite similar in shape, but not as wide (for unclear reasons, this only applies to men, women’s feet are very similar on the two continents). This is why it’s common for European brands, for example, who use the term E for standard width in Europe, to have the narrower D-width as the standard for the shoes sold on the US market. That said, with the increased average weight of people especially in the US, it’s something that seem to be changing a bit.