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Beading (Manek) Tutorial – Part 4: How To Take Measurement On Your Foot

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Continue from Part 3: Interior Beading


Once you have the shoe’s faces filled up with the beads pattern, you are ready to have them made into a nice pair of Peranakan Kasut Manek (beaded shoes). If you have a local shoe-maker who knows how to make Peranakan Kasut Manek (beaded shoes), you can always get them to measure your feet. If you can’t find a shop that you can personally go there to have your feet measured, you can always follow this tutorial to trace out your feet, get the size and send it to the Peranakan Kasut Manek maker.

Basically, all you need to measure is the length and width of your foot. We might have different sizes for both our feet,  so use the larger one as the reference size.

Prepare a piece of paper that is larger than your foot. Tape it down on the floor.


Place your foot on top of the paper, bend down so that you can trace the outline of your foot. You can choose to wear a stocking to trace if you were to wear the kasut manek with it, or you can just trace it bare-footed.

Make sure you are holding the pencil upright and perpendicular to the paper, not angling in or out from your foot. Trace a neat outline of your foot and make sure the pencil stays snugly against your foot.


Draw a centerline for the width and length of your foot just like the first photo shows, measure them with a ruler, and write the measurement down. You need to substrate 3/16 inch from the reading to offset the small space between the pencil line and your actual foot. Refer to the tables for the size of the shoes, get the one closest to your reading.

Length = _____ inch- 3/16 inch = ________ inch (refer to chat 1 for your shoes size)

Width = ______ inch – 3/16 inch = ________ inch (refer to chat 2 to for you shoes width)

Inches To International Women's Shoes Size
US Women's Shoes Size / Width

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Sunday 16th of April 2023

Any where to get patterns in the USA?

Lucia Hasbun

Friday 19th of June 2020

Hi there, I saw that you mentioned Japanese seed beads. So will Miyuki round rocailles work or use a different make? Your work is beautiful, by the way. Thank you for sharing.

Craft Passion

Friday 26th of June 2020

I am not sure if they are the once I used, but you may try the smallest range.

Amy Lee

Monday 23rd of July 2018

Hi, everyone here.

Good day to all of you.

Please whatsapp me for more details at 6019-312 1733 for MELAKA NYONYA BEADED SHOE.

Thanks so much with warmest regards.


Friday 16th of January 2015

I would like to buy a book on designs and instructions only for kasut manik . Where can I get it? Thank you.

Craft Passion

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Sorry, Florence, I have no idea where to get.


Sunday 12th of October 2014

I've gotten my first starter kit for manek shoe beading and I can't wait to start on the project. Just want to find out what happens when the beading has been completed. Do I bring the whole canvas to the shoemaker and let him/her cut out the shoe face or I will have to cut it myself? If I have to cut them out, how big is the space do I need to leave (akin to seam allowance) before cutting them out?

Craft Passion

Monday 13th of October 2014

I brought the piece to the shoes maker, but you can ask the shoes maker what is his preference. Hope this help. :) Happy manek-ing :)