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Old 09-01-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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There is no problem to buy those half sizes online, but in the stores? In most stores I saw half sizes up to 10, and 11, 12, 13 only in full sizes.
Expensive shoes have better selection in size and width.
However, for full comfort and exact fit shoes should be tried in person...
I didn't link Zappos before, but there's a good chance they also have hard to find sizes. They have free shipping with free returns, as does Nordstrom - and if there is a brick and mortar Nordstrom near you, you can even drop off returns there.

I know lots of people who don't have hard to fit sizes who still find it easier and convenient to order 6 or 8 pairs of shoes online to try on and just return what they don't want.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I have a similar problem. I wear size 16 4E shoes. But in reality I need a 15 1/2 which is next to impossible to find in my line of work.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Big-Footed Americans unite!
LOL at thinking 12.5 is a big foot!

My husband and my son wear 15s. DH could really use a 15.5.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Kaliforneea
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yeah, another 12.5 here. I hate shoe industry, for ditching half sizes above 11. Fascist pigs.

let's look at the distribution of sizes:

Men:
Widths:
Narrow Medium Wide X-Wide
N or B M or D W or 2E XW or 3E

Size
(USA) Heel to Toe (in inches)
5 9
5.5 9 1/8
6 9 1/4
6.5 9 1/2
7 9 5/8
7.5 9 3/4
8 10
8.5 10 1/8
9 10 1/4
9.5 10 1/2
10 10 5/8
10.5 10 3/4
11 11
12 11 1/4
13 11 5/8
14 12
15 12 1/4
16 12 5/8
17 13
18 13 1/4
19 13 5/8
20 14

So I see:
6 demarcations for dainty little ballerinas with 9 inch feet,
6 demarcations for 10 inch feet,
3 demarcations for us 11 inchers,
3 demarcations for 12 inchers,
3 demarcations for bigfoots with 13 inch feets.

I always try the 12 and the 13, with the kind of sock that I'm likely to wear. I find that for athletic shoes, and open toed sandals I can tolerate the larger size. Also, certain brands and manufacturers are "more sloppy" in how they conform to the specs above.
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Old 06-13-2016, 03:15 PM
 
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There IS a reason why 12.5 shoes are not mass produced. Unfortunately I don't know what that reason is but the guy at Sherman's online shoes told me that there is a lengthy explanation as to why but we didn't have the time to explain. His name is Jeffrey. I believe the following is the reason however: although I could be wrong a wide width feels larger than a narrow width in the same numerical size. The instep, I think it's called is tighter on a narrower shoe. The instep is the arched dorsal (top) of your foot between toes and ankle. So if you wear a size 12.5 you would buy either a wide D width 12 or a narrow C width 13 and either shoe should be pretty close. Why do they do it ??? Why money of course. They figure the bell curve for feet becomes mutant-like at 13 with very few people having feet that big. So what the hell- we'll just skip 12.5. And make less sizes. By the way all things remaining the same as the D size goes up in length say from 11 to 12 to 13 etc, the instep gets larger and likewise gets larger from narrow to wide. So there you have it. THAT is why we 12 and a halfers get screwed and the above is what you do about it.
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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I didn't link Zappos before, but there's a good chance they also have hard to find sizes. They have free shipping with free returns, as does Nordstrom - and if there is a brick and mortar Nordstrom near you, you can even drop off returns there.

I know lots of people who don't have hard to fit sizes who still find it easier and convenient to order 6 or 8 pairs of shoes online to try on and just return what they don't want.
You're exactly right!
Online Shoes, Clothing, Free Shipping and Returns| Zappos.com
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