The perfect color and design catches your eye in the shoe store’s window display, but disappointment abounds — this Nike model is only available in men’s sizes. However, there’s no need to let a fantastic pair of Nikes pass you by just because they’re in the men’s footwear aisle. Approximate the fit by selecting the men’s size that most closely corresponds to your women’s size.

Make sure you’re already wearing the correct shoe size in women’s before you start looking for your size in men’s. Take your heel-to-toe measurement and follow Nike’s fit guide for women to find the Nike shoe size for your foot length.

Tips

To get a precise measurement, stand on a piece of paper and have a friend trace your foot shape.

Although you may be tempted to simply compare your heel-to-toe measurement to the men’s sizing chart, don’t — there’s more to fit than just length, and the shape differences in typical men’s and women’s feet are reflected in Nike sneaker design.

Typically, women with average feet should subtract 1 1/2 sizes from their women’s Nike size to get the corresponding men’s size. This formula will vary by brand.