How to Convert a Shoe Size to a Ski Boot Size


Skiing is a fun way to spend a winter afternoon but you could end up with an injury if your boots don't fit correctly. A proper fit should support your ankle and be snug, like a sock. Ski boots are measured using the mondopoint system. Mondopoint sizing first appeared in Australia during the 1960s and measures the size of your foot in centimeters. You can convert your US, UK or Euro shoe size to mondopoint sizing.

  • Determine your US, UK or Euro shoe size. If you are unsure of your exact size, visit your local shoe store and ask to be measured.

  • Locate a mondopoint size chart. You can find one online at Al's Ski Equipment Barn, Evo and Marmot Mountain Works or at a ski equipment shop.

  • Find your shoe size on the mondo chart and locate the corresponding size in the mondopoint column.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're planning on ordering boots online, it's a good idea to go to your local ski shop and try a pair on before purchasing them.
  • In mondopoint sizing the only difference between a size and its half size is that the full size has a thicker footbed; the boot liner and shell are the same. So if you find that your half-size boot is too loose, try replacing the footbed with a thicker one.
  • Mondopoint sizing only applies to alpine ski boots. Nordic ski boots use standard European sizing.
  • Be sure you know your true shoe size. The extra room you appreciate in your sneakers can be dangerous in a ski boot.

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