Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shoe sizing

Shoe sizing seems to getting almost as subjective as clothes sizing. This is actually quite fortunate for me because it keeps my online shoe shopping in check. I have big feet for my height (generally wear a 6 or 6.5) and they're sort of Donald-Duckish (narrow heels, wide toes), so they're hard to fit and flatter. This, plus never knowing whether I should size up or down, means I almost never buy shoes without trying them on first. And even if I have often fallen madly in love with pictures in blogs or in magazines, it's pretty rare that I ever end up finding them in real life to try on. And so my shopping remains controllable!

I think I am a "true" 6.5 that occasionally needs to size down, but obviously I know that the universe has no center, and therefore I cannot be it, and therefore I cannot set the international standard kilogram of feet.  So tracking these observations probably will be of no use to anyone but myself...but I'm a bit of a geek. This is mostly based on a couple of years of trying on many, many pairs of shoes and bringing a small fraction home. I'm kind of wondering if I could be more methodical about it and generate a graph and control for factors like pricing, the "maturity of the brand", etc.

Brands in which I wear a 6:
Anne Klein
BCBG Max Azria
Cynthia Rowley
Dr. Scholl's (Withhold judgment! They now make not-unattractive flats.)
Kenneth Cole Reaction
Liz Claiborne
Jones New York
Martinez Valero
Miz Mooz
Steve Madden

Brands in which I wear a 6.5 (true size??):
Carlos Santana
Christin Michaels
Mook/Impact (this Korean brand I love)
Nine West

Brands in which I wear a 7:
Banana Republic
Italian Shoemakers

*Brands that seem to have more variation (6s and 6.5s both fit, depending on the shoe)
Franco Sarto
Lauren Ralph Lauren
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