No one knows where the myth came from – the one that says you can tell what a guy is packing in his pants if you get a good look at the size of his feet – but it has pretty much permeated American culture for generations.
Researchers got to the bottom of it, though, and learned that it’s simply not true. In fact, you can’t suss out penis length by eyeing any other part of the body.
Scientists compared penis measurements of more than 15,000 people and did find an average size – 3.61 inches flaccid and 5.61 inches erect – but no statistically significant relationship between that size and the size of a man’s feet.
“Penis size is not correlated with or predicted by shoe size or any other body part for that matter. Penis size is determined by a combination of genetics and environmental factors, mostly in utero,” explains expert Dr. Jill McDevitt.
Two previous studies, one of Canadian men and one published in the British Journal of Urology International, each also found no correlation between the two measurements, so I think it’s safe to say the science is in – and Dr. Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe agrees.
“Trying to predict a person’s penis size based upon the size of their feet is pretty much futile. The body of research available demonstrates no scientific evidence that can definitively link both penile length and shoe size, yet the ‘large feet equals large penis’ myth still continues to pervade in popular culture.”
A Korean study measured the flaccid penis against the length of fingers, toes, noses, ears, and mouths and found that “the size or characteristics of body extremities is not enough to predict the penile size.”
Better luck next time, ladies – I guess you’ll have to actually get to know a guy before finding out if he’s hiding what you’re looking for between the sheets.
C’est la vie.