What is a Mondopoint?

What is Mondopoint?

Isn’t shoe sizing a mess? As with clothing sizes, shoe designers around the world don’t seem to be able to settle on a global size structure. In the internet world and online shops, this poses a real problem. Although Stario Shoes are in European sizing, how do we equate that to an individual foot? We don’t and we can’t. However, we have discovered that you can get very close to the right size if you are buying through an online shop.

It’s called “mondopoint”. Mondopoint was originally developed to measure your foot for ski boots. They created a universal sizing system (“mondo” meaning, “world”). Mondopoint is calculated by simply measuring the length of one’s foot in centimeters, from the heel to the big toe. That’s it! It is in this way that muddling around with UK, US, and EU sizes is avoided when purchasing ski boots. If Stario Shoes is presented with both a Euro Size and a Mondopoint, we will crossmatch and measure the Sandal or Wedge before it is despatched from our warehouse.

Find your mondopoint

So how do you find your “Mondopoint”? It’s easy enough. Stand on top of a piece paper with your heel against a wall and all of your weight pressed down upon the foot you are measuring. Then, draw a line at your big toe. Measure (in centimeters) the length of the paper to said line, and voilà! That’s your Mondopoint size. You will want to measure both feet obviously, and size to the smaller foot.

When it comes to Sandals or Wedges, the length is not that critical, but wearing a pair of Sandals can be uncomfortable if your toe or heel is hanging over the edge of the sole.

Go up one size

Another important point is to confidently go up one size when it comes to Stario Shoes. Although the Euro Size is accurate, our manufacturers tend to size down about 0.5cm, which isn’t a lot but may make the difference between a perfect fit and a slightly smaller fitting Sandal or Wedge.

We also have Miss Mafia heels which are made in US sizes for the US market, so a Mondopoint would also be useful at purchase time.

Please feel to shop online with confidence as we also have a return policy should you need a different size.  SHOP NOW

Typical Mondopoint Chart



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