Vintage hosiery has specific sizing standards that has very little relevance to todays hosiery .
Vintage stocking sizes range from 8½ to 13 with a total of 10. These sizes corresponded to the foot section of the stocking followed by a letter to determine length. The lengths are Short (S), Medium (M), Long (L) and Extra Long (XL). Where no letter was apparent, the size was assumed to be medium.
To measure the foot, take a single unworn stocking on a flat surface and pull the foot section between the toe and heel until taut. Measure the length from the tip of the toe to the edge of the heel. The table below demonstrates how the toe to heel measurement relates to the actual stocking size and the corresponding UK shoe sizes.
|STOCKING SIZE||TOE TO HEEL LENGTH IN INCHES||UK SHOE SIZE|