Which sizes do you offer?
We start 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.
In case of demand we will offer the large men sizes 46 (UK 11 1/4, US 12 1/4, Japan 30) and 47 (UK 12, US 13, Japan 31) in the following years.
We plan to bring out children and youth sizes in 2020.
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 10-16mm (3/8 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.
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 10-16 mm (3/8-5/8 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 6 mm (1/4 inch) are left between toes and shoe you should proceed to the next bigger size.
Never add more than 17 mm (5/8 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!
Our shoes are soft and flexible and don’t need the often mentioned „extra space to roll into“ while walking. They are rather like socks – they fit best if they comfortably enclose your feet without restricting them.
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 Aehrenkranz-shoe gives them back.
If you have narrow feet or/ and your shoe is a bit wide, insert one of our flexible insoles.
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 2-4mm smaller than the Piñatex shoes which stay more stable due to the stronger material. In our size table, the leather shoes are about 0 to 1mm shorter, the Piñatex shoes up to about 2mm longer than the specified inner shoe length (ISL).
The Nordpol winter boots are slightly narrower than the other shoes.
We recommend to wear in our winter boots Nordpol thick socks or one of our insoles, which you can buy seperately. In general, wool is more suitable to keep your feet warm. Therefore, especially in the vegan shoes which are lined with cotton fleece and no wool we highly recommend taking an insole or putting on thick thermal socks.
Everyone feels “fits great” unfortunately different. 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.
But with thick socks and insole we definitely suggest one size bigger at Nordpol!
Please also note that the vegan winter insole is thicker than the wool felt insole.