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Deseo’s shoes come in European, American and UK sizes. Unfortunately there is no a standard conversion between sizes and even the same size from different brands fit differently. The length of the shoe is not a good estimation either as the perfect fitting depends on the length of the foot, the position of the ball of the foot and the width of the foot, which means two feet with the same length may need different sizes.

We have tried to describe the shoes as best we can so please pay attention to the description of each style. For example if we describe a shoe as having a generous fitting and your foot is slightly narrow you may need half a size less than your regular fitting however if your foot is slightly wide then your regular size will fit you nicely. 

Please note that getting your regular size from casual or sport shoes, or even from comfort dress shoes, is not very accurate as they tend to be wider and run their own sizes.  Try to find out the size from a proper dress shoe you have at home. 

AMERICAN SIZES - From our experience in fitting brides successfully for many years, we have found that the American sizes we carry don’t have a significant variation from what customers call Australian sizes. In fact they are similar:

US 4 US 5 US 6 US 7 US 8 US 9 US 10 US 11  US 12
AU 4 AU 5 AU 6 AU 7 AU 8 AU 9 AU 10 AU 11 AU 12

 UK SIZES – UK sizes are normally two sizes below Australian sizes:

UK 2 UK 3 UK 4 UK 5 UK 6 UK 7 UK 8 UK 9 UK 10
AU 4 AU 5 AU 6 AU 7 AU 8 AU 9 AU 10 AU 11 AU 12

EUROPEAN SIZES – This is the hardest conversion as every country and factory in Europe use their own way to label sizes. A size 36 in Spain may not be the same as a size 36 in Italy or UK. If you have European shoes please note it is more accurate to be guided by the AU or USA sizing on that shoe, instead of the European sizing.

EU 35 EU 36 EU 37 EU 37.5 EU 38 EU 38.5 EU 39 EU 40 EU 41 EU 42 EU 43
AU 5 AU 6 AU 6.5 AU 7 AU 7.5 AU 8 AU 8.5 AU 9 AU 9.5 AU 10 AU 11


Let’s face the truth ladies, shoes are like clothes - some styles suit us and some don’t as much as we would like them to. The shape of our foot will determine which styles suit us better. As with buying clothes we have to choose something that we like but that is also comfortable and suitable for our foot too. This is very important especially when talking about bridal or special occasion shoes because we all want to have a good time but not have to think about having sore feet or walk barefoot or in thongs after a few hours. (I’m sorry girls but the barefoot / thongs option is not very glamorous and we are all about glamour and elegance here at Deseo ;-)..)

I HAVE ONE FOOT SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THE OTHER .Most customers will have one foot slightly larger than the other. If this is the case you will always have to choose the size fitting the larger foot and use some gel insert for the smaller foot. For extreme cases were one foot could be up to size bigger than the other we recommend shoes with some kind of strap to hold securely the smaller foot.

• I NORMALLY WEAR A HALF SIZE. If you are normally a half size but the style you like is only available in full sizes, get half a size up and use some gel inserts. For the perfect fitting we recommend you to choose styles made in half sizes. At Deseo we try to carry as many shoes as possible in half sizes. 

• I ALWAYS GET BLISTERS For those ladies with blister problems we have several recommendations:

First: Wearing stockings are a good option however they are not appropriate for every style. 

Second: If the shoe has a closed back, putting on a pair of soft leather suede heel liners is a very clever and cheap solution. 

Third: Some styles may rub or tightly hug a small area of one foot and not the other. If this is the case, then always carry with you a pack of mini gels, they can be hidden easily, are washable and reusable. They come in packs of four. BUY MINI GELS

Fourth: If the above “first aids” don’t work for you and you have a big problem with blisters then the next best thing is to choose shoes with straps. Why? Because blisters are the result of continuous friction between your skin and your shoe; when wearing shoes with straps your foot tends to move less inside the shoe than wearing a regular court shoe.

• I HAVE A WIDE FOOT We stock a big range of wide and extra wide shoes. SEE WIDE FIT COLLECTION. However sometimes if a regular shoe has a generous fitting and your foot is not extra wide you will be OK.

• I HAVE A NARROW FOOT We don’t carry a specific collection of narrow shoes, however in this case the best option is to buy half a size smaller than your regular size and buy shoes with straps which will hold your foot.

• I HAVE LONG TOES This could be a problem for some peep toe styles as the toes will slide down through the hole and it could be quite uncomfortable. If you decide to go ahead with a peep toe, make sure it has a little hole like the style CEIBA.

• I HAVE BUNIONS In this case try strappy shoes where the straps could be accommodated between the sore area or choose some closed toe shoes with generous fitting. Styles like Beatrice have a nice soft padded lining.

• WHEN TO BUY YOUR SHOES The best thing is to try your wedding shoes after a long walk or after standing for a few hours Why? Because you will be on your feet for long hours on your wedding day and the foot tends to naturally swell up after a few hours standing. This way you will not end up buying shoes that are too small. Another thing to consider is the weather as the heat will affect the width of your foot (make them wider). If you buy your shoes in winter and your wedding is in summer you may find that the shoes are too tight - hopefully you won’t discover this right on your wedding day. 

Kindly note that this is a guide only. Shoe sizes and fittings do vary slightly between manufacturers and styles. Deseo will not accept any responsibility if the shoes do not fit - the customer is ultimately responsible for choosing their own size. We are happy to advise you from our experience however we cannot guarantee a perfect fitting. If you are unsure then please call us on +61 2 9439 6479 or send us an e-mail via our Contact Us page for some advice.

Check our heels guide too.


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