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Do Hey Dude Shoes Run Big or Small? How Are They Supposed to Fit?

Fact checked by Andrew Carnegie

do hey dude shoes run big or small

Do Hey Dude shoes run big or small? How are Hey Dudes supposed to fit? Generally, their men’s footwear is true to size for men but their women’s collections are a little loose.

Even if they are all US-made, every brand designs different shoe styles using unique materials with varying levels of flexibility. Below, you’ll find a table where we compare each brand’s shoe size so you can determine. As baselines, we used a fixed measurement of men’s, women’s, and youth’s feet.

Brand Men’s US size for 11 ⅝” of foot Women’s US size for 10” of foot Youth’s US size for 6 ⅞” of foot
Hey Dude 12 9 11
Adidas 12.5 to 13 10 11.5k
Converse 13 to 13½ 9.5 10.5c
Nike 13 9 to 9.5 12c
Vans 11.5 9 to 9.5 12

Hey Dude Men’s Wally vs Other Brands

Note: We will use Hey Dude Wally Sox men’s size 12 that fits 11 ⅝ (11.6 inches in decimals) feet and compare it against other shoe brands of the same size.

1. Compared with Adidas


Fun fact: Adidas is true to size. Based on its charts, those with 11.6” feet will fall in-between sizes 12.5 to 13 in US men’s shoes, and ordering one size up or down is unnecessary. Thus, size 12 Hey Dude Wally shoes run small, although their fabric upper is more elastic.

2. Compared with Converse


An 11.6-inch foot will fit size US 13 to 13½ or UK 12½ in shoes made by Converse. Although most of the brand’s shoes are true to size, its All-Star Chuck Taylor runs big. Moreover, it’s visibly longer than a Size 12 Wally.

3. Compared with Nike


It’s a common observation that Nike shoes run small, especially for wide feet. However, those with narrow feet may find this brand’s shoes true to size.

Referring to the size charts, Nike’s size 13 fits feet that are 11.6” long, which is at size 12 in Hey Dude.

4. Compared with Vans


If your feet measure 11.6”, your size in Vans would be 11.5, based on their size guide. Yet, many users recommend going half or one size up, as they find slip-on shoes too snug.

Note that Vans and Hey Dude are known for their cotton canvas slip-on shoes. However, the latter brand makes its footwear with stretchier fabric, which makes a huge difference when it comes to fitting.

Hey Dude Women’s Wendy vs Other Brands

For this comparison, we will use size 9 of Hey Dude’s Wendy shoes, which is suitable for feet that are 10” long.

1. Compared with Adidas


Since Hey Dude Wendy shoes run big for women, many users suggest going a half size down. So, if you are size 9.5, you can order size 9. Meanwhile, Adidas is true to size—size 9 will fit your feet if they measure 10” in length.

2. Compared with Converse


On Converse’s Chuck Taylor’s size guide, size 9.5 is most appropriate for feet measuring 10” long.

Like Chuck Taylor, Hey Dude Wendy shoes are made of cotton canvas. But when you’re wearing them, you’ll notice that the Chuck Taylor’s canvas feels stiff around the heel area as it is intended to provide support.

3. Compared with Nike


Even for women, Nike Air Max and other models run small unless you have narrow feet. Though its size chart indicates that size 9 is apt for 10 inches, try fitting a half-size bigger.

In contrast, there are no Hey Dudes for narrow feet but you have the option to tighten the shoelaces.

4. Compared with Vans


Besides running smaller, Vans‘s cotton canvas needs some time to soften. Meanwhile, Wendy slip-on shoe users say that they don’t require breaking but, as we know, they run half-size bigger. Therefore, size 9 Vans will feel snug while Wendy shoes will feel loose.

Hey Dude Youth’s Shoes vs Other Brands

This comparison will use size 11, which is available in both “Little Kids” and “Big Kids” categories. Note that it fits children’s feet measuring 6 ⅞” (6.8”).

1. Compared with Adidas


In Adidas, a kid’s 6 ⅞” feet will fall between sizes 11k and 11.5k. Buyers are encouraged to go a size up if they prefer loose-fitting shoes or a size down for a snugger fit. As for Hey Dude’s shoes, users commented that their kids’ Wally version runs a little bigger.

2. Compared with Converse


If your child is size 11 in Hey Dude’s shoes, their size for Chuck Taylor’s should be 10.5c, which is designed for feet measuring 7” long. But take note that both brands are slightly bigger.

3. Compared with Nike


Whereas Hey Dude’s kiddie shoes run big, Nike’s are true to size. That said, the closest equivalent of Hey Dude’s size 11 is size 12c, which is intended for children with feet that are 7” in length.

4. Compared with Vans


Hey Dude’s size 11 is size 12 Vans slip-on shoes for kids. Still, the latter brand is known for its extra-snug fit. Even if they stretch out eventually, consider that your child may outgrow the shoes quickly.

Hey Dude Size Chart


1. Men

Length in inches 9 9 ⅜ 9 ⅝ 10 10⅜ 10⅝ 11 11⅜ 11⅝ 12 12⅜ 12⅝ 13 13⅜
US 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
UK 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

2. Women

Length in inches 8 ⅜ 8 ⅝ 9 9 ⅜ 9 ⅝ 10 10 ⅜ 10 ⅝ 11
US 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
UK 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

3. Toddlers

Length in inches 4 ⅞ 5 ⅛ 5 ½ 5 ⅞ 6 ⅛ 6 ½ 6 ⅞
US 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
UK 22 23 24-25 26 27 28 29-30

4. Big kids

Length in inches 6 ⅞ 7 ⅛ 7 ½ 7 ⅞ 8 ⅛ 8 ½ 8 ⅞ 9 ⅛
US 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5
UK 29-30 31 32 33-34 35 36 37 38

How to Measure the Right Size for Feet?


What to prepare:

  • 2 Sheets of paper that fit each foot
  • Pen or pencil
  • Tape
  • Ruler

Step 1: Tape the paper onto the floor next to a wall.

Step 2: Step one of your foot on the paper and ensure that your heel is touching the wall. Hold the pencil upright and draw its outline.

Step 3: Measure the widest and longest sides of your foot with the ruler. Write down the measurements in cm and inches. This way, you don’t need to convert whenever you look for shoe sizes on the manufacturer’s website.

Step 4: Repeat the process with the other foot. Then look for your measurements on the brand’s size charts.

If you’re thinking of getting a pair of Wally or Wendy, note that Hey Dude shoes stretch out the more you wear them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I size up or down for Hey Dudes?

As we’ve discussed in the comparison, you don’t need to go one size up or down in Hey Dudes’ men shoes.

What about the rest? Do children’s and women’s Hey Dudes run big or small?

To sum up, it’s rare to find anyone claiming Hey Dudes run small for women and children. If anything, some may run slightly bigger, which may require you to order half-size down.

Do Dude shoes fit true to size?


In most cases, Hey Dudes are true to size, at least when it comes to men’s shoes. You can see this being confirmed in many online reviews. However, children and women’s shoes will be slightly bigger than standard.

Do these shoes come in half sizes?

One could only wish that Hey dudes come in half sizes, but the reality is that they don’t. The brand suggests going one size up or down if you need snug or loose-fitting shoes.


Essentially, the main takeaway of this “Do Hey Dude shoes run big or small?” article is that there is no such thing as “standardized size charts” among brands. Even among multinational brands like Converse and Vans, some shoes run small or large.

Ultimately, our preferences will dictate our choices. Whether you like a loose or snug fit, it is best to measure your feet and try out the shoes first before buying.

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