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Old 07-18-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: US
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When I shoe shop I tend to buy a ton at once and wait till they are all dead before the restocking.

So went to shop for shoes....

I guess I wear an 8-8.5 now? Used to wear a 9-9.5....

What
the
heck!

I even fit into some open toed heels that were a 7.5 which...lol
I have not been able to fit in shoes that small since jr.high.

One the one side of things I am happy because there is a greater selection it seems in things under 9 but no more catalog shopping till I figure out whats going on.

LOL
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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That hasn't been my experience, especially European designers. Being a size 12, I wish they were!

My mom was just complaining about women's sneakers and how she felt they all ran a size small. She even commented on now she understands why I buy/wear men's sneakers.



What brands/manufacturers did you find ran large?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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The ones that ended up buying were some naturalizers heels. I had to get them as they were marked down to 30 from almost 100$! They were and 8.5 and not big from wideness as I have had that issue. Just longer. I noticed it more in the midrange brands when I was shopping. I think one of the kenneth cole I tried on was larger too which surprised me as those usually run on the narrow side.
Shoes that were over 200$ didnt really seem to be that way but in my experience they seem to cut higher end narrow/tight in my size range. I didn't try on any sneakers. Just dress shoes.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Honestly, I've started wondering the same thing. Either shoes have changed size or my feet are shrinking. Two years ago, I bought 8-8.5's for everything. Now, I'm buying 7.5's and being perfectly comfortable. Heck, this past weekend, I bought a pair of flats that were a 7!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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I also wonder if its the way they have been cutting the toe box of the shoes? They seem more footshaped and natural.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Really?! I haven't noticed anything like that, but I've always bought shoes between 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 depending on the shoe...

You're scaring me here! What am I going to wear?!
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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That hasn't been my experience, especially European designers. Being a size 12, I wish they were!
HOLY TOES BATMAN! 12?!?!?!
Im a 7.5...but depending on the shoe can wear a 7 or an 8...sometimes a 6.5 if its cut a certain way....
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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HOLY TOES BATMAN! 12?!?!?!
Im a 7.5...but depending on the shoe can wear a 7 or an 8...sometimes a 6.5 if its cut a certain way....
A big building needs a big foundation.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I'm with the OP. Last few times I went shoe-shopping, suddenly the size 7's feel short at the toe. WTH??? My feet didn't look longer, and they're still too narrow for regular B-width. But even the athletic shoes don't fit right at the toes. I told my husband that I suspect shoes sizes are being adjusted to save materials.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: CA
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I feel like shoes may be getting wider to accommodate fat people....so yes, in a sense, there is vanity sizing, as "normal" is now a wider width.

I have moderately narrow feet, so even though I measure a size 8.5, a size 8 usually fits better, and I even have a few 7.5 pairs. If I get an 8.5, it's all loose around my foot, even though the length is okay. That didn't used to be a problem (and I haven't lost weight).
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