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Old 11-20-2014, 03:29 PM
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I'm always amazed at the sizes of people's feet. My mom wore a 5.5 until she hit her 60's. Now she wears a 6. I'm 5'4" tall, and wear, depending on manufacturer & style, anything from a 6.5W to an 8. My dad had wide feet, on the small side, and I guess I inherited the wide foot/high arch combo from him. My sister is 5'7" tall and wears an 8-8.5, and my brother is 6'4" tall and wears size 11.

My nieces all have bigger feet than my sister and I do. They wear 9 and up, and they are 18, 15, and 13.

Two good friends of mine are 5'10" and both wear size 12. Their lament is that shoes which look cute in the display size of 5 or 6 look exponentially less cute in a 12.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:56 PM
Location: Encino, CA
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Originally Posted by Pikantari View Post
My fiance would have absolutely no idea what size shoe I wear!
I know from all those times she said "Lets just stop in the shoe section for a couple of minutes. I'll be really quick". Those couple of minutes always turned into hour or so while I watched her try on shoes. Always give her a hard time because she KNOWS she wears 5-6 but for some crazy reason she wants to look through the racks of shoes in the sizes 8, 9, 10, 11 racks thinking that maybe, just maybe, she'll find some cute shoes in size 5 that she can buy, or she'll try on size 9s thinking they may look okay. Drives me crazy.

I know I wear 10.5 in all shoes, so I'll go right to the 10.5 rack to see what they have. Wont waste my time looking at the 10 or 11 rack because its not my size. My wife, nope, she HAS to see everything.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:26 PM
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it must have something to do with the hormones in the food? back in 1970 they didnt even have sizes like XXXL
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:24 PM
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We're mutating to adapt to the earth's changing surface environment, I've notices peoples heads are getting larger too, though the brain isn't.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:57 PM
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Size 11.5 D for me.....since about 10th grade I guess.

XL hands and gloves.

7.5 Hat.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:00 PM
Location: Upstate NY
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Originally Posted by Pitt Chick View Post
People are taller and bigger than they used to be. In my family, every generation increases in size.

Regarding shoes..
I wear a 10 - our taller daughter wears an 11
DH wears a 14 - our taller son wears a 15.

Lol there's no doubt they're bigger, but Americans' average height is decreasing.

If data doesn't convince people, then simply consider the average height (short) in countries from which we're seeing new citizens.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:07 PM
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The size of the shoe is a poor indicator of the actual size of people's feet. Size variations among different manufacturers make it nearly impossible to draw the conclusion that people's feet are getting bigger.

The advent of flip flops as regular foot ware also has an effect. If you take someone who wears shoes mostly, they buy them a certain size to feel comfortable. Then take the typical flip flop wearer. They will often feel the need to buy shoes that are larger because their feel tend to spread out more because they are basically running around with nothing to constrain them.

Then there are the designers of footware that create their designs so that you need larger sizes to find the comfortable fit. Take the very low long shoes for men. The foot inside probably never gets much more than half way to the toe box but you'd think they had monkey feet stuffed inside. Nope.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:43 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Originally Posted by Chava61 View Post
I wear a size 9 but my maternal grandmother worn a size 12 shoe which wasn't so common when she was a young woman.
I wear an 11 and so does my mother, who was born in 1928. I don't think it has anything to do with hormones in the food!

My aunt wears a 12 Narrow. Now that's hard to find.
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