Alexander McQueen Size Chart (+ Two Reviews & Before You Buy Tips)


In today’s article, we have the Alexander McQueen size chart for men and women plus a handy sizing guide.

Alexander McQueen shoes are probably some of the most popular designer shoes for the past few years and their affordability is probably a big factor in that.

They’re also one that we get the most questions about.

Right after the size charts, we’re going to give you an overall before you buy the different Alexander McQueen styles:

  • Glitter
  • Velvet
  • Leather
  • Suede
  • Metallic back

Then, our two reviewers are going to go through two different Oversized Alexander McQueen styles:

  • Regular Oversized Alexander McQueen
  • Oversized White, Cobalt Blue, New Green Low Top

Spoiler alert. The Cobalt Blue style is the one that looks a lot like the Nike 720.

Last but not least, we’re going to answer some of the most common frequently asked questions about Alexander McQueen shoes sizing.

Excited enough?

Let’s get started…


Alexander McQueen Size Chart


Alexander McQueen Men’s Size Chart

(CN, JP, Mondo)


Alexander McQueen Women’s Size Chart

(CN, JP, Mondo)


What you need to know before you buy Alexander McQueen Shoes

Do Alexander McQueen Run Big?

Typically, Alexander McQueen shoes fit big, so it’s recommended to size down by a full size like with most European shoe sizes. The best advice I can give you in terms of Alexander Mcqueen sizing and fit is to try on as many Alexander Mcqueen styles as possible to get a clear image of how they fit your shoes.

Just like Chanel, Alexander McQueen sizes are all over the place and if you get your normal size, I think they will be too big for you.



When you get Alexander McQueen brand new, they aren’t the most comfortable and that’s because leather is really stiff.

This means it’s going to take a bit of time to walk and wear your shoes down before the leather becomes softer and more comfortable.

When you buy them pre-owned, all the break-in process has been done and so you get them nice and soft and comfortable.



The good thing about Alexander McQueen sneakers is that they are a cheaper option for a designer shoe

Because they are on the cheaper end of the spectrum, they are very popular, which means you’re going to see a lot of people with them.

They’re still a lot for a designer shoe or still a lot for a shoe, but you can get some designer shoes like Gucci, Luis Vuitton, or Balenciaga for even more.


Spare Laces

Alexander McQueens come with spare laces. A lot of shoes actually don’t come with spare laces, and the fact that they give you that extra pair of laces is a real selling factor.



One thing about Alexander McQueen sneakers with the packaging is that they’ve actually scrapped the dust bags. They’ve done this to reduce their environmental impact because it takes so much water to create a dust bag. 

It’s up to you whether they’re doing it for profit, to help the environment, or to cut costs.



Because they’re leather, Alexander McQueen sneakers can crease quite easily. So, what I would recommend with this is getting the correct size.

Basically, try them on before you buy them because if you get them too big, this means there’s a lot of room in the shoe and so that means they start to crease and you start to get crease marks.


Don’t Get Them Wet

Another thing with the suede versions is that if you get a dark-colored suede like a black, a maroon, or a red and you get them wet, the suede will actually drip down onto the leather.

This will make the color of the leather the color of the suede, which obviously isn’t what you want. Unfortunately, there actually isn’t anything you can do to stop this except not getting them wet.

Glitter Falls Off

As with any other Alexander McQueen shoes that have glitter on them, the glitter falls off, and obviously, you don’t want that to happen. If you think about it and you look at them, they are just a shoe with glitter stuck on them. 

So, if you do bang them or rub them together, the glitter will fall off eventually.

If you want a nice-looking pair of shoes that is all glittery or fancy, then only get the glitter ones if you don’t mind the glitter falling off. 

But if you want a shoe that lasts, get the leather ones because these will last a lot more than the glitter ones.



The only thing with the velvet ones is if you scuff them, there is nothing you can do to get the velvet back.

But the good thing about these is because they’re not leather, they’re actually a lot more comfortable when you first buy them because you don’t have to wear the material down.

Metallic Back

Before you buy the Alexander McQueen with the metallic back, understand that the metallic bits at the back do wear away or come off when you hit them together, when you hit something, or when you take these shoes off with your foot.

You can get this repainted just like with the glitter ones, but again it’s something you probably don’t want to do when you spend a lot of money on a pair of shoes.

All in all, after going through every single Alexander McQueen with you, I would say get the leather ones with the suede back but a nice light color.

If you walk sensibly and you’re not flapping your legs all over the place, I’d say get the black velvet one.

If you aren’t too bothered about getting your shoes scuffed or you just want a nice-looking pair of shoes for a few months, I’d say get the black glitter Alexander McQueen or any glitter Alexander McQueen.

Now, le’s give the opportunity to our two reviewers to share their experience with their Alexander McQueen sneakers… 

Alexander McQueen (White Leather with Black Back)

Alexander McQueens are some of the most popular shoes out there and it’s because there’s so many different colors of them. Just like the Balenciaga Triple S, the McQueen are very versatile and you can match them with loads of different things.

But I think the Alexander McQueen is probably even more versatile.

So, you can wear your Alexander McQueen with leggings, shorts, trackies, dresses, skirts…

This just means you can wear them all year round. And the fact that they do so many different colors, you can wear them with so many different colored things as well.



This big chunky midsole is the first thing that you notice when someone’s walking in them.

This textured chunky oversized midsole, hence the name, is made out of rubber and it’s got this nice texture to it.

The forefoot has this stitching around the front third of it and the stitching on the Alexander McQueen’s is lovely.

There’s no anomalies in the stitching and all of them are equal. This makes the shoe look like it’s being really well made.



The outsole has this Safari print pattern, which gives this kind of an animalistic footprint.

Looking at the back of the shoe and the tongue, you have got this Alexander McQueen branding on the back. But just like on the bottom of the shoe, the branding is not in your face. It’s just a subtle bit of branding.




Because they are oversized shoes, they’ve also got oversized big chunky laces which obviously fit into the shoe really nicely.

It’s quite a narrow lace set, which contradicts the chunkiness in the shoe, but the style of them makes them look really nice.

Break-in Period


The leather Alexander McQueens are quite firm. The leather is hard out of the box and they’re not the most comfortable shoes.

But when you wear them over and over and you break that pain barrier, the shoes become probably more comfortable but not the most comfortable.

So when you fully break them in, the leather moves and then softens, which just means it can wrap around your foot a lot better than when it was like straight up on your foot.

Do you think the Alexander McQueen trainer is overrated or not? Let us know in the comments.

Alexander McQueen Cobalt Blue 


Every sneakerhead has a different story or reasoning for why they fell in love with sneakers and began collecting them.

But for me, it was actually luxury sneakers that ignited my love for shoes and sneakers. But when it comes to hand-made luxury sneakers, the quality is way higher.

For the first time in a few years, I’ve gone back to the OG inspiration for my love of sneakers, the Alexander McQueen Oversized luxury sneakers.

This black smooth 100% calfskin leather lace-up sneaker features a cobalt blue transparent oversized sole.

The lining is super soft and it looks just like you would find on normal sneakers but feels just a little bit softer and better on feet, which it should because this shoe, much like a lot of other luxury sneakers, is hand-made.

This Alexander McQueen features large flat laces and is finished with an Alexander McQueen signature on the tongue and heel counter.

The laces feel higher quality, stronger, and thicker than your normal everyday laces.

Size & Fit

When it comes to size, I’m normally a US size 9 across the board in Adidas UltraBoost, Nike Air Force One, Jordan One, New Balance, Puma, Asics, etc.  

However, when it comes to hand-made Italian leather shoes, my sizing is all over the place.

I am normally about a size EU 41 which translates to a US 8. However, in this particular Alexander McQueen silhouette, I’m a size 9 which is EU 42.

What’s weird is I tried on an entirely different silhouette through Alexander McQueen and I was a 41 which is a size 8.

So, I’m comfortable enough to say you should probably go your normal true to size if you are going to get this particular silhouette.

However, I highly recommend that you try on different silhouettes even if it’s the same brand because, again, I think Alexander McQueen sizing is all over the place.

In this case, I think it has to do with that sock liner as well as that hard rubber midsole and outsole. But with other silhouettes with different uppers, midsoles, and outsoles, you may have to go down a size or two.

Midsole & Outsole

The midsole is definitely inspired by probably the Nike 720. While it looks the same, I can guarantee you that it doesn’t feel the same.


This translucent midsole has no squish and it’s definitely a hard rubber. It’s not one of those shoes that you can kind of bounce on.

Surrounding the entire shoe, just above the midsole is a hard rubber piping found in a light royal blue or dark sky-blue color.

On the bottom, you have an oversized rubber sole with this signature stamp design.


I think the Cobalt Blue Alexander McQueen is not a very comfortable shoe. Is it as uncomfortable as the Jordan Ones? Some would say more uncomfortable.

Break-in Period

When you buy luxury shoes, sometimes you’re buying them for looks and yes, you have to break them in.

Luxury shoes are like a well-priced, well-developed, well-designed baseball glove. You have to wear it and get the leather moving before they fully break in and become more comfortable than on day 1.

All in all, this Cobalt Blue silhouette looks like a souped-up high-end overpriced Nike Air Force One, Adidas Stan Smith, Super Star, a 270, etc.

I just love the colors, and the craftsmanship, and I love the quality that comes with hand-made Italian leather sneakers or dress shoes.

There you have it. Those are my thoughts on the Alexander McQueen in this beautiful cobalt blue.

Now, let’s finish this article with some of the most common frequently asked questions about Alexander McQueen shoes…

Alexander McQueen Size Chart FAQs

Are Alexander McQueen True to size?

Alexander McQueen Oversized Trainers fit a full size larger than usual, so it is recommended you go for a size smaller than your normal true size.

Should you size down in Alexander McQueen trainers?

Generally speaking, Alexander McQueen shoes run a size big. So, it’s recommended you get a size down from your normal true to size.

What size is a 39 in Alexander McQueen?

A European size 39 in Alexander McQueen translates to a US 6 or a UK 5.

Is the Alexander McQueen worth the price?

Well, is any price worth it when it comes to shoes?

Some would say no and some would say yes.

Right now, most hyped shoes are going for hundreds if not thousands of dollars for I guess subgrade quality leather.

The Alexander McQueen has hand-made Italian calfskin leather. So, because of the craftsmanship that goes into making the Alexander McQueens and putting them together, then I think the price is worth it.

I will say that I have way older sneakers that are Italian hand-made leather sneakers than I do your normal sneakers that are put together in China or Vietnam.

That’s not to say that shoes released by Nike, Adidas, or Puma aren’t higher quality shoes, but some of those shoes tend to crumble and crack and so they don’t last forever.

Is Alexander McQueen Oversized sneaker comfortable?

Alexander McQueen shoes aren’t the most comfortable especially out of the box. When you fully break them in, they become more comfortable, but don’t expect them to be Adidas UltraBoost comfortable.


Do Alexander McQueen’s stretch

Alexander McQueen sneakers do not stretch at all. If you fully break them in, the leather will definitely soften and so the shoe starts to conform to the contours of your foot giving you the feeling that they’ve stretched. Again, Alexander McQueen shoes do not stretch.


Why are Alexander McQueen’s so expensive?

Alexander shoes are expensive because they’re great quality and because their leathers are hand-made in Italy.

The materials used are luxurious calfskin leather and rubber. These are quality shoes and they will last forever, which is a good investment over the long haul.

How much taller do Alexander McQueen make you?

When it comes to height, the Alexander McQueen definitely gives you extra height. I’m normally 5’10” and when I put the Alexander McQueen on, I feel I’m just about cracking 6 ft. tall.

It’s safe to say that you get at least 1 or maybe 1.5 inches.

That’s it for today’s article. We’ve given you the Alexander McQueen size chart, reviewed two Alexander Mcqueen shoes, shared some of the before-you-buy tips, and finished off with some of the most common FAQs.

I hope you’re staying safe out there and see you in the next one 🙂

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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