Shoe guide

Shoe guide

Do you find it difficult to find a shoe that fits? 

There are many things that go into finding shoes that fit your feet well. Usually we count shoe size based on the length of the foot - but there's also a big difference between how wide our feet are, depending if you have a high or low instep. And when it comes to boots, the width of the lip also plays a part in whether the shoe fits.

At Zizzi we have therefore developed a collection of shoes for those who often find that the shoes are too narrow or small for your feet. Here, all shoes and boots are made with wide fit and have extra space in the calf. The shoes are designed with comfort in mind - just like everything else you find at Zizzi.

Can I wear a wide fit shoe?

All Zizzi shoes are made with what we call "wide fit". This means that the sole is slightly wider and extra space is made for the instep. No more shoes that squeeze. 

When the shoe is made specifically for the slightly wider foot, you may find that you need another size than you are used to. When you have a wider foot, you will typically compensate by buying a shoe that is a little too big in length. But you don't have to do that here - precisely because our shoes have added width in the sole and extra space around the instep. 

Plus, all shoes have good ankle support, so they won't pinch or leave your feet sore.

If you often find that your shoes are tight, and maybe it just feels like they're made for a narrower foot or calf than yours, then wide fit is for you.

Boots with high shaft

For boots with a high shaft, the circumference of the lip affects whether you can fit the shoe. Therefore the circumference of the shaft is shown on all product information. The circumference is measured at the top of the shaft, so the shaft height is also shown on the product information. To find out if the shoe fits or if it is likely to be too small, measure the circumference of your calf at the same height as the shaft.

In the illustration you can see how to measure your calf in the right place.

How to find your shoe size

To find your right size, it is important to measure your feet. If you find it difficult to do, get someone to help you. It's best to take your measurements in the morning, as your feet may swell during the day.

Find a piece of A4 paper, something to write with and a ruler or tape measure.

  • Stand on top of the paper with your heel in against a wall - it's important that you don't sit down, but stand up
  • Place the weight on the foot you are measuring,
  • Draw a line in front of your longest toe
  • Make sure to measure both feet, and use the measures from the longer one
  • Measure the distance and find your size in the table below

You can also print and use our foot measurement chart.

The fit is factored into the sizes, so you only need to take into account the length of your foot. If you are between two sizes, we recommend that you choose the larger size.

Remember that sizes vary from shoe to shoe, so it's important to check the product measurements of the shoe you want to buy

Adjustment options

When we develop our shoes at Zizzi, we focus on adjustability. We know that there are as many different feet as there are bodies. One of our main tasks is to make shoes that fit the wide foot perfectly, and since width comes in many measurements, adjustability is also an important thing for us. You will therefore find adjustment options such as:

  • Various sewn-on elastic pieces. They can be located in many different places on the shoe and are sometimes so well hidden that you have to look for them to see them.
  • We make sure that there are extra adjustment possibilities in our buckles - for example by making extra holes or by making room for you to add holes yourself.
  • You will also find Velcro on some of our footwear. Not just because it gives a different look, but also because it's easy to adjust it.

The importance of shoelaces

If you find that the shoe does not sit properly on your foot, repositioning the laces may help. Depending on the position of the laces, you can adjust the fit to your feet and their shape.

Here you can see the different options and what each can do for you.

Size guide

Foot length Size (IT) Size (FR) Size (EU) Size (US) Size (UK)
22,5 cm 37 37 37 5 4
23,5 cm 38 38 38 6 5
24,5 cm 39 39 39 7 6
25,5 cm 40 40 40 7,5 6,5
26,5 cm 41 41 41 8 7
27,5 cm 42 42 42 9 8
28,5 cm 43 43 43 10 9