How Much Do Shoes Weigh? All You Need To Know

When shopping online, one of the important things to look into is the weight of the product you are buying. Freight carriers estimate shipping costs based on the dimensions and weight of the item. Knowing the weight of the product you are buying will help you project the shipping cost. This is most especially helpful in shipping a box of shoes, because aside from the weight of the actual shoes, you also need to add on the weight of the shoe box in your shipping fee.

How Much Do Shoes Weigh

Weight of Shoes

The weight of shoes vary depending on a few factors. Some shoes have light materials and weigh lighter than the others. Small sizes are also lighter by a few grams than the larger size of the same shoe model. This is because larger shoes have more materials in them. The type of shoes also affects how heavy it is. Boots, clogs, loafers, heels and sneakers all vary in style and materials, and thus vary in weight.

Generally, women’s shoes weigh around 450 to 1000 grams, while the average weight of men’s shoes can range from 1,100 to 1,400 grams. Some fashion footwear may even weigh heavier. Children’s shoes are smaller, making it lighter. The average weight of children’s shoes are from 450 grams to 700 grams, with baby shoes weighing even less.

The shoe box and the dust bag can weigh from 200 to 250 grams. Adding this value to the average weight of your shoes would give you around a kilo to a kilo and a half for the total weight of a box of shoes.

Average Weight of Women’s Footwear

Women have the most varied type and style of footwear- from flip flops, doll shoes and clogs to stilettos, pumps, wedges and block heels. Each made with different materials and has varying weight. Here is a list of the average weight of women’s footwear.

  • Slippers and flip flops are generally lighter and weigh only around 250 to 300 grams.
  • Women’s sandals and flats can weigh from 400 grams to 600 grams.
  • Ladies heels range from 450 to 600 grams.
  • Casual sneakers tend to be heavier at 700 to 1300 grams, since most of them have additional padding.
  • High boots and gumboots usually have heavier materials so they weigh around 1200 to 1500 grams.

Average Weight of Men’s Footwear

Though men’s footwear do not come in comparison to the vastness of variety of women’s footwear, there are still a wide range of styles you can choose from. Sneakers, hi-tops, oxfords, boots and loafers are just a few among many. These styles also vary in weight. Here is a list of the average weight of men’s footwear.

  • Men’s slippers and sandals weigh around 400 to 550 grams.
  • The weight of running shoes and trainers are around 600 to 900 grams.
  • Casual sneakers for men have an average weight of 700 to 900 grams.
  • Men’s dress and suit shoes have a weight range of 500 to 600 grams only.
  • Hiking boots are the heaviest weighing around 1200 to 1400 grams. This is because hiking boots have rigid full shanks that support your weight and absorb impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much do running shoes weigh?

Running shoes are generally light. A mid level running shoes can have an average of 255 to 280 grams in weight. Running shoes are specially designed to provide runners comfort, support and added speed. Running shoe manufacturers design these types of shoes to provide ample cushioning and shock absorption while remaining lightweight.

Although some features like extra paddings for cushioning and synthetic materials to add support on the upper give the shoes additional weight, manufacturers also use special technology on running shoes to keep it light at a maximum performance.

Watch this video to know more about running shoes and weight.

  • Does the shoe’s weight matter?

The weight of shoes matter. How heavy your shoes are can slow you down or speed you up. Lightweight shoes don’t drag you down with its added weight, making your walking or running pace faster. If you are a runner, using lightweight shoes will give you an advantage.

However, shoe choice isn’t always about speed. Heavier shoes might slow you down but it helps you burn more energy. According to studies, every additional 100 grams of weight in shoes  helps you burn 1 percent more energy. If you aim to lose a few pounds, try using heavier shoes.

  • What are weighted shoes?

As the name suggests, these are shoes with added weight. These shoes are not for everyday use or for casual walks. Weighted shoes are used for exercises that target muscle building and increased cardiovascular strength. Most weighted shoes have straps where an iron device to add weight is placed.

  • What is the average dimension of a shoe box?

A common shoe box has a dimension of 12.5 X 9 X 5 cubic inch. Shoes with larger sizes and boots use bigger boxes and may cost more in shipping. Of course, a big portion of the shipping cost is based on the weight of the shoes. On average, the shoes and the shoe box weigh around 1350 grams.

  • Can I ship shoes in a bag?

You can ship shoes in a bag. Just make sure that you wrap it well in bubble wrap. However, it is advisable to ship it in a box so you can make sure that it arrives in excellent condition.

Also read: Can you store shoes in plastic bags

Final Thoughts

Shopping for shoes online is very convenient. Not only can you compare various styles and designs of shoes, you can purchase your favorite pair wherever you are and whenever you want. In buying or selling shoes online, knowing how much a box of shoes weighs is important so you can estimate the shipping cost.

At an average, a box of shoes weighs a little over one kilogram, but this can vary depending on the kind of shoes you are planning to ship and the material the shoes are made of. Though you’ll save a few bucks shipping the shoes with a shoe box, shipping it with a box ensures that the shoes arrive in the best quality.

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