The U.S. customary equivalent of 172 centimeters is approximately 62.72 inches or slightly under 5 feet, 2 3/4 inches. One inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters. To convert 172 centimeters to inches requires dividing 172 centimeters by 2.54 centimeters per inch.
To convert 62.72 inches to feet and inches requires dividing 62.72 inches by 12 inches per foot. Inches and feet are basic units of length in the U.S. System of Customary Units, derived from the British System of Imperial Units. This system is used primarily in the United States. Centimeters and meters are units in the more widely-used International System of Units, also called the metric system.