We receive many orders for shoes on our website each week. Some of these orders, despite best intentions, get returned. Why is it so challenging to have table tennis shoes fit correctly?  

 

1. Shoe Size - width, length, height

 

Most table tennis shoe models are produced with just 12 different size molds, with the sizing adjusted in centimeters (CM) and converted to Euro and USA sizing.

 

Some table tennis shoe models are cut wider than others, while others have more support and shoe height. If you have a wide foot or special considerations, please feel free to contact us, and we can point you to the correct shoe model. 

 

  • Large Sizes: Most table tennis shoe manufacturers do not produce shoes beyond size 11. Why? Likely because we are still an Asian-dominated sport, and most shoes are sold in smaller sizes. However, at TableTennisStore, we specialize in and often have USA size 13, EURO 48 available in our store.
  • Women's Sizing: All table tennis shoes are sized in CM and converted to Euro or USA men's sizing. Suppose you see a pink shoe on our website or other table tennis store websites. It is likely sized in USA men's, not women's sizing.  
  • Width: We have not seen a table tennis shoe produced in two width's However, some table tennis shoe models are cut wider than others, while others have more support and shoe height. If you have a wide or narrow foot or have other special considerations, please feel free to contact us, and we can advise.

2. Table Tennis Shoes - Fashion

 

Table Tennis Shoes are sold as fashion. After a shoe style is sold out, a new one is produced. Often this new line with new sizing molds and new measurements. This means that the very same Donic, Tibhar, Stiga, GEWO Speedflex, Butterfly Rifones, Butterfly Gigu, Butterfly Lezoline, Xiom Footwork shoe, sized Euro 43, 8.5 in style X in year 1, could size larger or smaller in style y in year 2.  

 

Tip: If you like how a shoe fits, we recommend buying a second pair before the style runs out.   

 

3. Measurements

 

As far as we know, there is no standard convention for measuring the shoe size and reporting the size back on the shoe label. We have seen shoe sizes deviate up to one shoe size. As a result, the table tennis shoe you buy could be one size larger or smaller than what you anticipated. In other words, if you order a size ten shoe in model a, model a's label will say size ten, but it could fit as if it is a size eleven or a size nine.    

What to do?

 

The best way to buy table tennis shoes is to try them on in person. We carry a reasonably large line of shoes at our Table Tennis Pro Shop in Pleasantville. If you plan to travel to our shop, we recommend 

calling ahead to schedule an appointment, as we stock many more shoes at our warehouse and can bring extra pairs for you to try.

 

If you are outside the area, the next best thing is to measure the shoe's insole that fits you well and report that length back to us. This allow us to cross reference your insole length to the shoe you are buying. If the shoe length is off, we will contact you and suggest a larger or smaller size before shipping them. Taking these steps, helps reduce the potential return.  

 

 

 

We have a short video to watch that helps with the process.  

 

Thanks for reading. We hope the above will help you purchase the correct shoe size.  

 

Ben-TableTennisStore / Published 1/16/2022

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