History of Mondopoint
Most downhill ski boots are sized in what is known as Mondopoint sizing, which measures the length of your foot from heel to big toe in millimeters but sometimes ski boot manufacturers use the equivalent in centimeters. Mondopoint sizing was developed by ski boot manufacturers to provide a universal measurement for ski boots, as opposed to the many different sizing methods -such as Euro and US shoe sizes- previously in use. No matter what your shoe size converts to, make sure to try on the ski boots before you purchase them.
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Generally speaking, to convert a men's American size to European, add 18 to the American shoe size. For example, a man wearing a size 10 in American shoes would likely be a size 28 (in centimeters) Mondopoint size system, or 280 (in millimeters) Mondopoint.
To convert a women's American size to European, add 16.5-17 to the American shoe size. For example, a woman wearing a size 8 in American shoes would likely be a size 24.5 or 25 in centimeters in the Mondopoint size system, or 245 or 250 in millimeters Mondopoint.
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