FootJoy shoes size guide

Thomas Tanner
Aug 01, 2018
4 minutes
On this page

Are You Wearing The Right Size?

Testing has shown a 6 - 21% increase in performance for people wearing properly fit golf shoes. Simple enough, right? Well, did you know more than 70% of people are wearing the wrong size?

How To Tell If Your Shoes Are The Right Fit

Rule of Thumb:

The opening at the top of your shoes should be about a thumbs width apart. Other factors, like arch height can affect this, but it is a good place to start.

Longest Toe:

Leave about ½” of space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe.

Flex Point:

When flexed, the break of the shoe should fall perfectly with the flex of your forefoot.


If the shoe's volume fits your foot, then you may hear a whoosh sound when you insert your foot.

Test Drive:

There should be no excess movement in the shoe when you walk.

Swing Test:

Simulate your golf swing and make sure nothing feels too loose or too tight.

Why Fit Is Important

Comfort: Proper fit reduces friction, prevents slipping -- which in turn, prevents blistering -- ensuring your feet remain comfortable throughout your round.

Appearance: When a shoe fits, it holds its shape. Reduced friction reduces wear keeping your shoes looking better longer.

Sign You Might Be Wearing The Incorrect Size

Shoes should fit comfortably from the first wear and should never need a "break in" period. If they do, you might be one of the 70% wearing the wrong size.

How can you tell?

Eyelets Too Close:

Shoe is too long, too wide, or both.

Eyelets Too Far Apart:

Shoe is too small, too narrow, or both.


Shoe is too big.

Stretching Around The Toes:

Shoe is too small.

Wear In The Heel Pocket:

Your foot is likely moving within a shoe that is too big.

Wear On The Fit-Bed® Insole:

Your foot is likely moving within a shoe that is too big.

Can You Slip It Off?:

If you can slip your shoe off without unlacing it, it is too big.

Physical Discomfort:

In addition to blisters, poor fitting shoes can contribute to feelings of fatigue in your legs or back pain.

The width of your foot

The most common mistake that leads to wearing the wrong size shoe is neglecting to measure for foot width.

While most purchase and wear shoes that are medium, or "regular" width, nearly 40% of people should be wearing shoes that are narrower or wider than they believe.

How Do I Know If I Am Wearing The Wrong Width?

Rule of Thumb: Top eyelets should be roughly a thumb's width apart.


Too close

Too far

Shoe Conversion Chart

4 3 35.5 22.0
4.5 3.5 36 22.5
5 4 36.5 22.5
5.5 4.5 37 23.5
6 5 38 24.0
6.5 5.5 38.5 24.5
7 6 39 25.0
7.5 6.5 40 25.5
8 7 40.5 26.0
8.5 7.5 41 26.5
9 8 42 27.0
9.5 8.5 43 27.5
10 9 44 28.0
10.5 9.5 44.5 28.5
11 10 45 29.0
11.5 10.5 46 29.5
12 11 46.5 30.0
12.5 11.5 47 30.5
13 12 48 31.0

Thanks to FootJoy for supplying all information.

Further reading

FootJoy golf clothing and apparel is sized using small, medium, large, etc. Conversions for polo shirts, chill-out sweaters, and waterproof jackets and tops is listed in the table below.

Golf is booming and with so many golfers coming to the game for the first time, or returning after a few years you there's a chance you might be a little apprehensive before teeing off for your first 18-holes.