Stefano Borella - Sizing

How do determine size for Italian shoes?
Using the conversion chart below will give you a better hint a to what size you would carry in Italian shoes. Please do note that Stefano Borella shoes run small so please keep this in mind when making your selection.


Italy & France   USA Japan UK & Australia Inches CM
9.2500 23.5
9.5000 24.1
9.6250 24.4
       40 - 41
9.7500 24.8
      7.0 - 7.5
9.9375 25.4
41 - 42
10.1250 25.7
10.2500 26.0
       42 - 43
10.4375 26.7
10.5625 27.0
43 - 44
10.7500 27.3
10.9375 27.9
44 - 45
11.1250 28.3
11.2500 28.6
11.5625 29.4
11.8750 30.2
12.1875 31.0
12.5000 31.8


Instruction To Determine a Correct Size For Shoes.

Our size guide is correct about 94% of the time. So please read this page, as it'll GREATLY improve the likelihood of you ordering the right size.

All our sizes are European, on a single unisex scale, from 35 to 49.

We ask you to MEASURE YOUR FOOT... and we encourage you to do this even if you're familiar with European sizes!

You can click here for instructions on how to measure your feet. Once you know your foot's length (in cm) you can then calculate your European size, according to this formula:

SIZE = 1.5 x (foot length in cm + 1.5)

That means, if your foot length is 28.5cm, you add 1.5 (giving you 30) before multiplying by 1.5 to give you a European Shoe Size of 45 (assuming you have a normal width of foot). 

Overall, our shoes fit very normally. Although it’s worth sharing some observations:

Our shoes are average in width, but they can cope with slightly wider than normal feet. HOWEVER, if your foot is wide, you might feel more comfortable going with 1 size bigger than your foot length dictates... you will likely know that your foot is wide if you have had problems in the past with the width of some shoes, although you are welcome to send us your width measurements / foot outline, if you would like our opinions.

If caught between 2 sizes (e.g. you measure as a 37.5) it comes down to a matter of personal preference as to whether you should go for the bigger or smaller size (38 or 37), but in general we find it is safer to go with the bigger size, especially if you are male. If you choose the smaller size, it may feel a little tight for the first wear, but the leather of the shoes should relax around the shape of your foot, so that the shoe becomes comfortable over time.  And, if you decide to go with the safer option of taking the bigger of two sizes, the expansive length of our lacing area means you can tighten a larger shoe quite a bit, to increase the snugness.

Women may be used to buying slightly bigger sizes than they actually are, due to the extra toe length on many feminine, pointy shoes. So don't be surprised if your measured foot size is smaller than you expected. We find amongst those of our women customers, caught between two sizes, that it often works out equally well for them to go with the smaller OR the larger size.

After all this, if your size doesn’t fit, you are of course welcome to exchange it for a different size.

Return or exchange requests must be communicated within 8 days after purchase (or shipment arrival) of merchandise. All products must be unworn and in their original packaging. Shipping costs are are charged to the client (duties included). Please note that this does not apply for customized items.

We can’t offer free shipping on returned goods, but a little more spent on shipping is better than not being able to wear your shoes... so we do encourage you to ask for another size in the event you don’t get it right first time.

How to Measure Your Foot Length

Lay a piece of paper on the ground. Place your foot (wearing a sock) on top of it. The results are more accurate if you stand on the paper. Take a pen that isn’t too fat, hold it snugly against your foot, and trace the outline of your foot all the way around... make sure to keep the pen perpendicular to the page at all times. (i.e. don’t let the pen slant diagonally to the page, under your foot)

Draw a pair of parallel lines at the toe and heel of your foot - as shown to the right - at the very furthest points. Measure the distance between these two lines. THIS IS YOUR FOOT LENGTH.

You can also measure your foot length by placing the paper and your heel against a wall and marking the tip of your longest toe. The distance between the wall and the mark is your foot length.

Finally, you may find it helpful, to measure your FOOT WIDTH, at the widest point of your foot. This is not essential for size calculations but, if you know yourself to have a rather wide foot, you may want to consider taking a larger size than your length dictates.