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Just had a argument with shop owner whether a size 41 is a UK 7....
aarrrggggg I have this argument all the time and it drives me crazy - you are right - 42 is a little over an 8 and 41 is a little over a 7 (but I mean a little - like not even 1/4)..... I've come to the conclusion that they have been cutting the sizes over the last few years cos more and more I find that what they say is an 8 is very definitely not!!!
Shoe shops that still consider 42 an 8 I've found are: Next, M&S..... er..... Duo of Bath....Tescos randomly enough..... Can't think of any more but most shops only go up as high as a 41 anyway... sigh!
I have the same argument all the time, it varies between brands so there doesnt seem to be a definitive answer sadly. Im a 7 and a 41 is perfect for me so I agree with you, my friend who is between a 6 and a 7 finds a 40 perfect.
When I say 'argue', I suppose I really mean 'healthy discussion'. I was saying a 42 was an 8, she was adament it was a 41. I am more frustrated at the general lack of standardisation rather than the individual shop.
Also, its a pain when you have size 8 feet as you cannot find decent shoes, I really don't understand why some manufacturers don't make up to a size 42, thats all.
I'm a 41 almost always (sometimes 42 in Boden whose sizings are weird). I know perfectly well that this is larger than a 7 - about a 7 and a half - though I too have had shop assistants swear blind it's a 7. It isn't!
I usually just ask for a 41 now. Most of the places I shop use that system but, in those few shops which still use 'old ' sizing. I ask for a 7 and a half or an 8. (Am an 8 in Fitflop, for example).
I just wish they'd all go over to the much easier 'continental' numbering, stick with it, and make it consistent!
It's only really a pain when you have feet at the top of the range, because there isn't usually a size bigger! I take a 42 where it's available, and can squeeze my way into a 41 if necessary, but I've written off Kurt Geiger/KG completely, as their 41 is nowhere near big enough for an 8; it's much closer to a 7.