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Fit guidance & Sizing overview

Our sizing system is unique to our brand -- each style (Full-heeled Sabahs; backless Turkish Babas; & El Paso made Babas) will have a separate numerical sizing breakdown.

This means that you can expect to take a different numerical size in some or all of our distinct silhouettes. 

This page is meant to guide you through the fit expectations & sizing for each style, but we understand it can feel overwhelming at first. 

Please, do not hesitate to utilize our team as a resource - We love hearing from you!

Turkish Made Sabah & Baba

- Sizing Chart -

We recommend electing the Sabah/Baba that aligns closest with your typical US shoe size per the chart below. 

* Note: Sabah sizes & EUR sizes are different *

In between sizes? We advise taking the smaller option.


U.S.

4.5-5
5-5.5
6-6.5
7
7.5-8
8.5
9-9.5
10-10.5
11-11.5
12-12.5

EUR

34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43

sabah

35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44

baba

36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
N/A

U.S.

6-6.5
7
7.5-8
8.5
9-9.5
10-10.5
11-11.5
12
12.5
13-13.5
14-14.5
15-15.5
16-16.5

EUR

38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50

sabah

37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49

baba

38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
N/A

us size us size

6 T
7 T
8 T
8.5. T
9 T
10 T
10.5 T
11 T
12 T
13 T
1
2

foot size (cm)

13
13.7
14.3
14.9
15.6
16.2
16.8
17.5
18.1
18.7
19.4
20.5

sabah

21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32

foot size (inches)

5
5.3
5.6
5.9
6.15
6.4
6.7
6.9
7.2
7.4
7.7
8

El Paso Made Baba

- Sizing Charts -

As noted, El Paso made Babas differ, numerically, in size from Turkish made styles.

We recommend consulting the El Paso specific Sizing Guides on the relevant product pages.

A Note on Width

We recommend our Sabahs & Babas for widths A - EE.

Our Sabahs & Babas are crafted in two styles: Mens & Womens.

The Womens style offers a medium to narrow width, while the Mens style offers a standard medium width.

For Turkish made options - Length equivalents can be found by +/- 2 numerical sizeways.

  • For example: a Womens 42 Sabah is the same length as a Mens 40 Sabah.

For El Paso made options - the sizing conversion is 1:1.

  • For example: a Womens 40 El Paso made Baba is the same length as a Mens 40 El Paso made Baba. The Mens 40 is simply wider throughout.

Sizing FAQ:

How do I determine my proper size?

All of our styles are true to size; however, each unique silhouette differs numerically.

You can expect to take a different sizeway for Sabahs, Turkish made backless Babas, & El Paso made Babas. You can view the exact style type on the relevant product page.

We recommend selecting the numerical size that directly corresponds to your typical EUR/US shoe size in the drop down menu on each specific product page.

We certainly understand that juggling various numbers, sizes, & fits can feel daunting at first, so please do not hesitate to drop us a line for guidance & support!

Why do Sabahs & Babas differ in numerical fit?

Our Sabahs (full shoe) and Babas (backless slide) fit differently as denoted on the sizing chart on each product page.

For Turkish made Babas, we recommend selecting +1 numerical size in from your ideal fit in Sabahs.

Please, also note - There is a sizing difference between our Turkish made & El Paso Made Babas.

There are El Paso specific sizing charts on the relevant product pages.

How long will it take to break in my Sabahs?

The time frame for fully breaking in Sabahs can range from a few days, to a week, to about a month.

This depends on how often you wear them, the initial fit, the type of leather, and on the unique elements of your own feet.

That said, Sabahs should start to open up after a few wears.

If you need any support throughout this process, drop our team a note. We are always more than happy to chat & assist!

I can feel the stitching of my Sabahs under my feet. Is that normal?

Indeed -- some individuals will notably feel the insole stitching, and they may even find it uncomfortable at first.

However, the channel stitching is covered with a thin coating of beeswax that gradually softens & compresses to become unnoticeable in a short time.

If a single stitch falls in a funny spot under the toe or foot, we recommend inserting a thin pair of insoles to quickly mitigate any irritation.

My toes press the front ends firmly in my pair. Is that okay?

It is exactly what we are looking for!

For an ideal fit, we want your toes touching the front ends firmly WITHOUT curling.

This initial tightness is to accommodate for the stretching that will occur as your pair breaks in.

My heel slips slightly when I walk about. Should I size down?

Not necessarily -- slight heel slippage is completely normal. The lining of your Sabahs is 100%-natural leather, so it will garner a nice grip with wear.

That said, if you can fit a full finger's width behind your heel (with your toes pressing the front ends), that is an indicator that the pair is too large.

Feeling unsure? Drop us a line -- our team is ready to chat, troubleshoot, & offer guidance!

Returns & Exchanges

We hope that your first pair is spot on, right out of the box -- if it's not, we've got your back!

We offer quick & easy returns for new & unworn Sabahs & Babas.

For more information on our Return policies & guidelines, click here.

To initiate a return or an exchange, click here.

* (The Returns portal is for orders placed within the US/Canada only) *

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