A short photo essay describing how I like my foot tracings and measurements to be taken:
Both feet are to be traced and measured, but for the purposes of this essay I will only show one foot. Do not trace and measure your own feet. Have someone else take the measurements (your feet have 26 bones and an assortment of tendons and ligaments in them, allowing you to walk. This constant movement also makes getting an accurate tracing difficult).
Have the person whose feet are to be measured stand squarely with both feet on the floor. A piece of paper is placed under the foot to be traced.
The tracings are done in pen or pencil, not felt marker or any other bulky writing utensil. The pencil is first held perpendicular to the ground, and the foot is traced all the way around. This is especially important at the back of the heel, where it is easy to tilt the pencil, or “undercut”.
foot tracing sample:
The foot tracing, and corresponding measurements. Note the marking of the instep, ball joint, and big toe. Also, the secondary line for determining the arch. The straight lines mark the flat dimensions of the tracing, and are used to correct any warping during scanning (if tracings are emailed…skip this step if you are mailing tracings).