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Is it me or has shoe sizing changed?

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LiveLongAndBright Tue 05-Mar-19 18:21:00

Either shoes in the U.K have been resized or my feet have shrunk!

I used to be a standard 4 (37), but these days am a 3 (36).

I know vanity sizing for clothes is a thing but has the same happened to shoes? confused

helzapoppin2 Tue 05-Mar-19 19:23:47

I’m another that used to be 7.5 and is now an 8.

Rubusfruticosus Tue 05-Mar-19 19:19:07

I've always been a 6.5/40.

AGnu Tue 05-Mar-19 19:12:20

Is there an official sign up sheet for the ex-size-3 support group? I find Skechers are quite small, or at least they were a couple of years ago when I couldn't avoid shoe shopping any longer...! It's basically impossible for me to find nice shoes with any kind of heel higher than maybe an inch if I'm lucky. Most girls' shoes are pink/flowery/glittery... I am none of those things, I just want comfortable shoes/occasionally a pair of heels!

BentNeckLady Tue 05-Mar-19 19:06:24

I can be a 6,6.5 or a 7 in English sizes but I’m always a 40 in euro sizes so that’s what I check for.

GraceMarks Tue 05-Mar-19 19:06:21

MitziK size 6 isn't big, it's average! Or at least it used to be. The only woman I know with truly tiny feet is also 4'8" so everything about her is small. But yes, it's been a thing for a long time. Think of dainty Cinderella being the only woman with feet small enough to get into the glass slippers, compared with her evil sisters and their ungainly clodhoppers.

ChoccyJules Tue 05-Mar-19 19:03:41

I was a 7 until childbirth, went up to a 7.5 after that. Recently I have had to buy 8 in a lot of styles, which has seems strange, interesting that others have noticed too.

MitziK Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:53

There's a perception that feminine women have small, dainty feet. Not just from men, either - I was a very, very broad size 6 surrounded by females with feet from size 2 to size 4. I was made to feel like a freak, especially as my adult brothers were the same size as me, but were narrower width fittings.

And later on, an ex also said my feet weren't normal because they were so large.

I have a feeling that it's always been a thing.

Laniakea Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:47

yes! I've given up trying 5s and go straight for 4.5/4 ... it's very strange!

LosingLola Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:46

I've found I'm an 8 instead of a 7, so the opposite has happened!

Yorkshiredolls Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:39

Another bigfoot here!! Always usually could
squeeze into a 7.5, occasionally 7. But now its size 8 or forget it. sometimes even a 9 😫 drives me round the twist because size 8s are hardly ever in stock. I hate it

ChorleyFMcominginyourears Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:27

I used to be a 7 and am now a 5!

GraceMarks Tue 05-Mar-19 18:54:05

If it is vanity sizing, which I'm not convinced it is, it'll be because having teensy weensy dainty little lady feet is seen as being more feminine and, since you can't really change the size of your feet without chopping bits off, reclassifying the sizes is all they can do.

As with clothing sizes, don't blame the manufacturers for trying to give us what they think we want, blame the societal standards that make women place their value in how little space they take up.

ToastyFingers Tue 05-Mar-19 18:52:27

Can fit in kids docs now though, so I'm saving some cash at least.

ToastyFingers Tue 05-Mar-19 18:51:31

Yes! Used to be a 6, maybe a 7 in sandals now I'm buying a 5.5

Treaclepie19 Tue 05-Mar-19 18:51:14

Yep! I was a 7 or a 6.5. Now happily in a 6.

emeraldmoon Tue 05-Mar-19 18:50:00

They definitely have! I use to be a size 3, now I have to buy kids size 2 or occasionally a 1.5 😭

chasegirl Tue 05-Mar-19 18:47:05

I found the same. Been a definite 5 for years. Recently found that 5 is too big in all the shops I have tried. I have not changed weight.

4 or 4.5 seems to be my new size

LiveLongAndBright Tue 05-Mar-19 18:43:05

Thing is though why on EARTH would vanity sizing be a thing for shoes?!

I mean I get that I’d rather think I was a smaller dress size but feet??? Who cares what size their feet are??? confused

PrismGuile Tue 05-Mar-19 18:42:44

Wait no! I'm lying I bought a 3 in M&S!

NothingTraLaLa Tue 05-Mar-19 18:41:46

Yes, I've noticed the vanity sizing. As I have always been a small size 3 (tending towards 2.5), it really boils my piss that it's now so difficult to get shoes that fit.

PrismGuile Tue 05-Mar-19 18:41:26

Always been a 4 and I'm still a 4 🤷‍♀️

BlueSkiesLies Tue 05-Mar-19 18:41:03

YES!

I was a 7.5 or 8 and now am 7 or 7.5

Maybe it is the wider fitting a PP mentioned as I have wide toes which mean I needed a bigger size to fit the middle toes in.

flumpybear Tue 05-Mar-19 18:40:33

I'm with @dementedpixie - used to be a 7.5 could squeeze into a 7 sometimes, now it's an 8 or I'm crippled

NearWildHeaven Tue 05-Mar-19 18:40:28

X post! We need a support group for "former size 3s"

thenightsky Tue 05-Mar-19 18:40:11

Yes. I thought I must be going mad or my feet were playing games!

I used to be a standard 6.5. Could buy on line and guarantee 6.5 would fit.

Shoes I currently own and bought over the last 2 years very from 5 to 8.

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