Height estimation from foot and shoeprint length

J Forensic Sci. 1991 Jul;36(4):1134-51.


Foot length displays a biological correlation with height that suggests the latter might be estimated from foot- or shoeprints when such evidence provides an investigator the best or only opportunity to gauge that aspect of a suspect's physical description. Previous utilization of percentages and linear regressions of foot length to make height estimates is reviewed and appraised, as is such use of shoeprints. Newly determined percentages and linear regressions for determining height from foot length for young adult males and females based upon very large U.S. Army anthropometric databases are presented and evaluated. Suggestions are made for the practical employment of shoeprint length, preferably as a direct measurement but also indirectly as a shoe size indicator, for height assessment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anthropometry
  • Body Height*
  • Female
  • Foot / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Male