Dior Footwear

Dior shoes are sized using the Italian size scale (to convert between sizing conventions, please refer to our international size conversion chart).
 
In general, Dior shoes run true to standard USA sizing.  Most shoppers should purchase their "normal" mainstream brand size.  For more specific fit information, please see the style-specific guidelines. 
 
Dior Deco
 
Runs slightly small vs. other Dior collections, in all fabrications.  Most wearers should plan to purchase 1/2 size larger than their customary size in Dior.  
 
Miss Dior
 
Runs large vs. other Dior collections, in all fabrications.  Most wearers should plan to purchase 1 full size smaller than their customary size in Dior.  
 
Fit Issue Alert: Those at the very smallest end of the Dior footwear range will most likely have to pass on the Miss Dior styles. 
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Christian Louboutin Footwear


Christian Louboutin shoes are sized using the Italian size scale (to convert between sizing conventions, please refer to our international size conversion chart).

 
In general, Christian Louboutins run small relative to standard USA sizing.  The general rule of thumb is to size up 1/2 size from your "normal" size in mainstream brands.  For more specific fit information, please see the style-specific guidelines. 
 
For those who are already familiar with Christian Louboutin, we consider your "typical" Christian Louboutin size to be your size in the Simple, New Simple, Very Prive or Numero Prive styles.


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Armadillo / Turbella
 
Runs slightly large vs. typical Christian Louboutin sizes, especially in leather fabrications.  Most wearers are likely to require heel grips at some point in time, as the heel cup tends to stretch with wear.  
effective heel height: 100mm (120mm - 20mm platform)
wide feet:  standard Christian Louboutin size (leather satin)
medium feet: 1/2 size down from standard Christian Louboutin size (leather), standard Christian Louboutin size (satin)
narrow feet: 1/2 size down from standard Christian Louboutin size (leather satin)


Fit Issue Alert: the d'Orsay cut of the Armadillo/Turbella is not recommended for those whose feet are wide at the ball of the foot, but narrow in the heel.  This type of foot is not suited to the proportions of the toe box vs. the heel cup in this shoe style. 
 
Patent Leather (all styles)
 
Patent leather versions tend to run small; 1/2 size up from kid leather or suede version of the same model.
 
Pigalle 120
 
Pigalles exhibit significant fit variation compared to both Christian Louboutin and mainstream shoe sizing.  Typically the pigalle runs large and most will need to size down from their typical Christian Louboutin size.  The vamp of the pigalle is low-cut on both the sides and the front; some toe cleavage will be revealed.   
effective heel height: 120mm
wide feet:  standard Christian Louboutin size or 1/2 size down
medium feet: 1/2 size down from standard Christian Louboutin size
narrow feet: 1 full size down from standard Christian Louboutin size


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Photo Guide: Sample Women's Shoe Styles


UPPER: pointed toe pumpSOLE: no platformHEEL: covered stiletto 
UPPER: round toe pumpSOLE: no platformHEEL: covered stiletto
UPPER: pointed toe t-strapSOLE: no platformHEEL: covered stiletto
UPPER: almond toe ankle bootSOLE: hidden platformHEEL: covered stiletto
UPPER: peep toe d'orsaySOLE: hidden platformHEEL: covered stiletto

 


UPPER: peep toe pumpSOLE: hidden platformHEEL: covered stiletto
UPPER: almond toe slingback mary janeSOLE: hidden platformHEEL: covered stiletto
UPPER: mule wedgeSOLE: no platformHEEL: stacked wedge heel
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Glossary of Terms for Women's Shoe Styles

Upper-Related Terminology
Pump (USA) / Court Shoe (UK) - the upper is closed at the back and sides of the foot, with a relatively low cut which reveals most of the top of the foot.  If no other designation is given, it is also closed at the front of the foot, concealing the ends of the toes
Peep / Open Toe - the upper is cut away at the front of the foot, revealing the ends of the toes.  Sides and back of the upper may be open or closed
D'Orsay - the upper is cut away on either one or both sides of the foot.  Front and back of the upper may be open or closed
Slingback - the upper is open at the back of the foot, with a thin strap running around the back of the heel, which serves to hold the shoe on the foot
Mule - the upper is cut away on BOTH the back and the sides of the foot.  Only the front portion of the upper remains, and may be open or closed
Pointed Toe - the front of the upper is closed and comes to a sharp, often elongated point when viewed from the top
Round Toe - the front of the upper is closed and has a rounded appearance when viewed from the top
Square Toe - the front of the upper is closed and has a squared appearance when viewed from the top
Almond Toe - the front of the upper is closed and comes to a soft point when viewed from the top; generally not elongated like the true pointed toe
Ankle strap - a strap which completely encircles the ankle, generally closed with a buckle or tie; not to be confused with the slingback, which runs around the back of the ankle only
Ankle wrap / ankle tie - a longer strap, generally of a ribbonlike material, which is meant to be wrapped several times around the ankle and/or lower calf and tied to fasten
T-Strap - a thin strap runs vertically from the lowest-cut portion of the upper where it meets the toes to an ankle strap
Mary Jane - similar in style to a pump/court shoe, with an additional strap running horizontally across the middle of the foot from one side to the other, usually closed with a buckle
Crisscross Strap - similar in style to a pump/court shoe, with two additional crossed straps forming an "X" shape across the foot
Sandal - the upper consists of one or more straps running over the foot and is more open in design than the other styles
Bootie - the upper is closed in the front, back and sides and covers the foot in its entirety up to the ankle bone
Ankle Boot - the upper is closed in the front, back and sides and covers both the foot and the ankle bone
Midcalf Boot - the upper is closed in the front, back and sides and covers the foot, extending up approximately midway between the ankle bone and knee
Knee High Boot - the upper is closed in the front, back and sides and covers the foot, extending up to the knee or just below the knee
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Women's Shoe Styles

Women's Shoe Styles
Buying footwear can be a challenge; if there is anything more maddening than purchasing apparel online, women's shoes take the cake. 
 
But wait!  Let's not get ahead of ourselves.  Before we talk about sizing, let's do a quick review of the different types of women's shoe styles and the relevant terminology we'll need in order to properly evaluate any given pair.
 
When discussing women's shoes, it's helpful to think of the shoe as 3 separate, but interrelated parts:  the upper, the sole, and the heel.  The vast majority of shoe style designations are based on varying the styles of these three parts, and the combinations thereof.   View the full set of terms in the glossary section, or have a glance at our labelled photo examples of common styles!
 
Upper
As the name suggests, the upper is the top portion of the shoe, excluding the sole and the heel.  This generally is made of fabric, leather vinyl or any number of other synthetic materials.  Because the upper is the most visible portion of the shoe, descriptive terms for the upper are often used to designate the shoe's overall style or type.
 
Sole
The sole is the bottom portion of the shoe which protects the foot from contact with the ground, excluding the heel.  There are fewer variations on the sole than on the upper or the heel.
 
Heel
The heel is the key element of distinction in women's fashion footwear.  No discussion is complete without a full set of heel terms!
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Shoe Size Conversions

Shoe Size Conversions


Shoe sizing standards can vary dramatically between different shoe brands, and even for different styles within the same brand.  We strongly recommend that you use this chart as a jumping-off point only; please refer to our brand-specific shoe guides for more detailed sizing fit information!
  
Note: Most shoe sizing designated "European" corresponds to the "Italy" size scale.


Heel Height Conversions


Keep in mind that the effective heel height of any shoe will be equivalent to:
 
Measured Heel Height - Platform Height = Effective Heel Height 
Thus a 120mm shoe with a 20mm platform will feel the same as a 100mm shoe with no platform when worn.
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S.W.O.R.D. Apparel

Sizing Conversion Chart (S.W.O.R.D.):
 
Additional Notes on Fit (S.W.O.R.D.):
Slim, figure-conscious cuts
Sizing chart is for a close-to-body fit
Size up to layer with bulky sweaters or other winter wear


Special Recommendations (S.W.O.R.D.):


As you wear your S.W.O.R.D. jacket, the leather can be expected to soften over time and mold more closely to your own body shape.  If the jacket seems a bit stiff at first, don't be concerned, as long as you have adequate room for movement. 


Larger-busted ladies may find that the size implied by their bust measurement is larger than the size implied by their waist measurement.  In this case, consider that most styles generally look best worn partially open.  Because of this, we recommend purchasing based on waist measurement if you encounter a discrepancy.  If you absolutely must be able to fully zip the jacket, be cognizant that the larger size may not achieve the same "look" due to the excess material around the waist.


The Lucca bomber-style jacket has a narrower cut at the waist, excellent for emphasizing a slim or hourglass figure.  Those with less-defined waists may prefer the Volterra moto-style jacket, which skims rather than hugs the curves, and has a roomier cut at the waist.

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Roberto Cavalli Apparel

Sizing Conversion Chart (Roberto Cavalli):


Additional Notes on Fit (Roberto Cavalli):


Sizing runs larger than most designer labels
Cuts are looser and materials more forgiving to curvy figures
Many styles run larger than implied by official sizing chart 

Special Recommendations (Roberto Cavalli):
 
Slim and petite ladies may have difficulty purchasing Roberto Cavalli off-the-rack.  The smallest available size, a European 38, is actually cut to fit more like a 40.  Those who are accustomed to purchasing designer labels will most likely need to size down from their normal size (e.g. those who normally fit a 42 should try a 40 in Roberto Cavalli styles).  This is especially true for those who prefer a very fitted look from the stretchy/jersey-style dresses. 
 
Cuts and styles in this line are best suited to those with true hourglass figures (large B cup and above, with waist-to-hip ratio < 0.7), as this line of clothing is generously cut in the hips and bust, but tends to be less forgiving in the waist.  Low-cute or plunging necklines are prevalent, generally requiring either a specialized brassiere or none at all.  Can also be worn to flattering effect by pear-shaped figures; not recommended for very small busts unless the style has a high-cut neckline. 

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Herve Leger Apparel


Sizing Conversion Chart (Herve Leger):



Additional Notes on Fit (Herve Leger):
Extremely body-conscious fit; correct size will be skintight with no loose or baggy areas
If the dress zips easily, or if you can insert four fingers perpendicular to the body, the dress is too large; try the next size down
Most dresses from Fall/Winter 2014 run smaller than other seasons; most should size up from their usual size for this season


Special Recommendations (Herve Leger):
 
Herve Leger is excellent for ladies at the smallest end of the size spectrum (i.e. 00 or 0), especially those who have difficulty purchasing off the rack elsewhere.  Looks best on slim or hourglass figures and generally enhances a small bustline.  Heavier busts (C cup above) may find these styles too revealing or low-cut. 
 
Having some trouble putting your Herve Leger dress on without assistance?  Try the strategy detailed in this step-by-step guide from luxe junkie's Couture Helpdesk series: How to Put On Your Herve Leger.
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Burberry Apparel

Sizing Conversion Chart (Burberry):


Additional Notes on Fit (Burberry):


Runs larger than most higher end designer labels
Smaller ladies should note that the alpha sizing scheme does not include the USA 2 / UK 4 and thus most alpha-sized lines will be too large
Cuts are roomy and tend to be more forgiving of extra weight carried around the waist and hips
Ladies with larger busts may want to avoid double-breasted styles for the more balanced silhouette of a single-breasted coat


Special Recommendations (Burberry):


If you're considering one of Burberry's classic trench coats, you had ought to inquire about the company's "Art of the Trench" programme, which is available in select flagship stores.  This is a made-to-order trench coat service which allows customization of the linings, buttons, style, overcollar and colour.  It is available for both men and women and actually doesn't cost a penny more than a similar ready-to-wear trench you can purchase off the rack.  Of course, the options you choose will determine the actual cost, but if you were to reproduce an existing style, the price would be comparable to the retail price.
 
It's worth noting that Art of the Trench orders take approximately 6 weeks from start to finish.  However, if you're looking to purchase that classic, timeless trench that you can wear for years, it's well worth it to have a trench made to your unique specifications.  The trench will even come back monogrammed with your initials - complimentary, of course - isn't that fabulous? 

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