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What shoe size are you? The American-size number 8? Or the European number 37? The numbers could not get more confusing. But I have got a good news! The biggest shoe-makers in the world are wanting to unite the sizing system. The measuring units should be similar to the metric system, which will include also the biomechanical proportions of the foot.

The first attempt to unite the English and American metric system are dating all the way to the 1960’s – but without a success. Today is different, however, since the decision pioneers are not only Germany and South Africa but also China.

CZ: Jake mate cislo boty? Evropskou osmicku nebo americkou 37? V cislovani obuvi je teda pekny neporadek, co? Ale nebojte se, pravidla ve svete se meni a s nim i svet obuvi. Nejvetsi vyrobci bot totiz smeruji k dohode, ktera ma sloucit vsechna velikostni znaceni. System bude podobny metrickemu systemu, ale zahrnuje do nej take biomechanicke prvky nohy: nemeri jen otisk nohy, ale take obrys a musi kopirovat zborceni stelky.
Prvni snahy o sjednoceni anglickeho a metrickeho systemu se datuje jiz do 60.let 20. stoleti. Bohuzel, tehdejsi vyjednavani neprinesla zadny kloudny vysledek. Dnes by mela pomoci iniciativa nejen Nemecka a Jihoafricke republiky ale take dulezite Ciny.


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7 comments… add one
  • Eva Z. August 27, 2010, 8:52 am

    This was at first confusing to me. Especially since often European sizing is interpreted differently in the US for imported shoes. Some stores say that 38 is 8, some say that 39 is 8, etc. I know that in Europe I wear 39 and in the US 8. Just had to try and see, definitely better to try it out first before you start ordering online 🙂

  • Eva Z. August 27, 2010, 8:53 am

    It would definitely be a good thing if they unified it. But I am afraid that is the same issue with inches and centimeters….

  • Karen August 29, 2010, 1:22 am

    Wow Tanja, now you’re not only breaking Czech news, but world news! This is the kind of thing I would expect to read in a global newspaper’s style section and I read it on your blog first. Well done.

  • Jana P August 30, 2010, 10:12 am

    I agree with Karen! Very practival topic indeed. My size in Czech is 38 and I keep forgetting what size that is in US, and lie Eva said, it differs with each producer..

  • Tanja August 30, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I am just looking forward to time when I buy shoes and they will automatically self-adjust on my foot….and then a little hand will come out of them and makes me an extra hot cappuccino :)))

  • Eva Z. September 1, 2010, 11:14 am

    Haha, that would be awesome! I think I’d just go for shoes that have very high heals but comfortable like sneakers, so that even after many hours of walking and standing my feet would not hurt. Girl can dream! I do have some comfortable high heals but it is still a bit far from the sneaker comfort 🙂 Sometimes I just wonder how can anyone make shoes that hurt right after you put them on!!!

  • Tanja September 2, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Yeah, that would be great! Maybe one day, all heals will have a little tiny jets in them and women will be elevated – flying just a little bit above ground so that walking in heals does not hurt anymore. But then again, the clicking of those shoes against the pavement is what makes them sexy too..

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