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Old 12-06-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have been searching everywhere for boots. I don't want stilletos, etc. - I want simple flat boots, mid calf hopefully (I'm very petite), leather (NOT fake junk that they want to charge as much for), rounded toe (as NOBODY has those pointed toes).

Anyway, I have always been a 6 6-1/2, I do have a bone spur (on TOP of joint) so have had to get shoes sometimes that were 1/2 size larger (6-1/2 or even a 7). I try on boots tonight that I was actually able to find were leather (one mid-calf and one a shoe boot). 6 1/2 too large - go for the 6 and actually get them but they'll be returned.

Seems like shoe manufacturers have gone the route of the clothing manufacturers - vanity sizing. I can't even imagine how people buy online now w/the off the wall sizing.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I wish I could get tall boots My lower legs are about 3" too long at the boot hits really weird causing a 'calf bubble' in the back.

Regarding vanity sizes, I have noticed that a bit... I started out a solid size 11 (I'm' 6'1, any smaller and I'd fall over ) but now I have shoes ranging from 8 to 11. Bleh.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I've noticed the same thing. I used to wear a size 8 shoe, but now I find myself having to get a 7 1/2 and even some 7's.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I wish that was the case for me. I'm limited to certain designers and manufacturers because most don't make my size (12). Heck, I find that the European designers run two sizes smaller. I've ordered a number of size 12 Zanottis, but each pair was the equivalent of a size 10 or possibly a 9. I keep hoping each time that maybe he decided to make his shoes TTS.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Toledo
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I've noticed that too. I'm usually wear an 8 1/2 but today I'm wearing a pair of shoes that are a 7 1/2. The cheaper shoes seem to run larger.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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It must vary by store. I've worn a 9.5 for years, and the boots I got a month ago are 9.5s. The only thing I've noticed is that shearling-type boots tend to get roomier over time, as the leather stretches out and the fur packs down.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Gilbert Arizona
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I've noticed the same thing. I used to wear a size 8 shoe, but now I find myself having to get a 7 1/2 and even some 7's.
I have found the same thing. I used to be an 8-8 1/2 now I am 7 1/2 to 8.Often 7 in thong styles. I wonder if some boot manufacturers leave a bit of room for socks?

I ordered from Zappos last year and read all the reviews on fit. I avoided the boots that were found to have a really narrow calf, mine are a little curvy, and was very happy. Customer reviews are VERY helpful.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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It sucks! I wear anything from a size 5 to a 7 depending on the brand. I've given up buying shoes online like I used to.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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It sucks! I wear anything from a size 5 to a 7 depending on the brand. I've given up buying shoes online like I used to.
I've never bought shoes (or clothes) online and have no intention to (especially now, unless I KNOW a specific style, designer, etc. that I've tried on in store and trying to find a better price online) - I can't understand why there isn't a STANDARD SIZING in clothing and shoes. So many inches, etc. makes one size.... doesn't seem like it should be difficult.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think so. In high school I wore 7.5/8 and 8 was more frequent. These days it seems I am buying lots of 7s. But boots are impossible for me. My feet aren't big enough to get those extra inches in the calf. My calfs are like 15.5" and they seem to think people who are 7-7.5 have 12-13" calves.
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