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I've always worn a size 7.5 shoe. It's the only size that was ever actually comfortable on me. Sometimes a 7 would fit.

Two days ago, I had my feet actually measured by a shoe measuring person -- for the first time ever.

Turns out I'm a size 5D, and the reason I've been wearing them 2 and a half sizes too large for so many years is because my feet are so incredibly wide, and short, that I'm getting the bigger size to compensate for lack of width in the shoe.


The whole idea that, for my whole adult life, I've actually only a size 5 foot seems shocking. I always thought I had big feet. I mean, I guess I actually do, just big wide - not big long.

I also have really high arches, so he was like, "Your feet are ... special..."

Like short-bus kind of special.
Apr 18 13 07:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mares
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Koryn Locke wrote:
I've always worn a size 7.5 shoe. It's the only size that was ever actually comfortable on me. Sometimes a 7 would fit.

Two days ago, I had my feet actually measured by a shoe measuring person -- for the first time ever.

Turns out I'm a size 5D, and the reason I've been wearing them 2 and a half sizes too large for so many years is because my feet are so incredibly wide, and short, that I'm getting the bigger size to compensate for lack of width in the shoe.


The whole idea that, for my whole adult life, I've actually only a size 5 foot seems shocking. I always thought I had big feet. I mean, I guess I actually do, just big wide - not big long.

I also have really high arches, so he was like, "Your feet are ... special..."

Like short-bus kind of special.

I'm a size seven, size five does seem teenytiny! My feet are weird in the fact that they're super wrinkly. So are the palms of my hands. I'm going to have amazing elephant skin when I'm all old and soft smile

Apr 18 13 07:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mares wrote:

I'm a size seven, size five does seem teenytiny! My feet are weird in the fact that they're super wrinkly. So are the palms of my hands. I'm going to have amazing elephant skin when I'm all old and soft smile

Some people have a lot of creases on the bottoms of their feet; I've noticed that. I wish the skin on my face was as tight as the skin on my feet.

Apr 18 13 07:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
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i have extremely narrow feet and no arch
Apr 18 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather wrote:
i have extremely narrow feet and no arch

Apparently, a good many people with no significant arches also have really narrow feet.

Apr 18 13 08:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
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I have kangaroo feet.  big_smile
Apr 18 13 08:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be
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I waer a 9 1/2, my feet would eat your feet. 5 is super tiny, hell, 7 is super tiny
Apr 18 13 08:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be wrote:
I waer a 9 1/2, my feet would eat your feet. 5 is super tiny, hell, 7 is super tiny

Yeah, but the width is a D measurement. The shoe person said that is completely outsized for a female foot. It kind of requires a specialty shoe, if I actually want the shoes to *really* fit.

So, while your foot might be long, it's probably only an A or B width. A-B width is average for women, with C being really wide, and D-width being the foot equivalent of having natural DDD-cup boobies.

I got the foot version of epic tits.

Apr 18 13 08:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be
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Koryn Locke wrote:

Yeah, but the width is a D measurement. The shoe person said that is completely outsized for a female foot. It kind of requires a specialty shoe, if I actually want the shoes to *really* fit.

So, while your foot might be long, it's probably only an A or B width. A-B width is average for women, with C being really wide, and D-width being the foot equivalent of having natural DDD-cup boobies.

I got the foot version of epic tits.

Hmm, had no idea. Does the proper size feel way better then the shoes you've been wearing?

Is it gonna be really hard for you to find shoes now?

Apr 18 13 08:44 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be wrote:
Hmm, had no idea. Does the proper size feel way better then the shoes you've been wearing?

Is it gonna be really hard for you to find shoes now?

OMG. They had ONE pair (of hiking boots, not even "normal" shoes), ONE pair, in that whole store that was the actual size I'm supposed to be wearing. It was like... walking on a cloud. It was fucking amazing. I have NEVER felt, up until that point, what it felt like to have my feet in the correct size shoe. It was a totally different shoe experience.

That's all fine and good, except I can't actually afford to buy any shoes in my size --- like ever.  Most manufacturers don't even make shoes with that kind of width, unless you order them.

The fact is, I'm going to continue wearing my sneakers 2.5 sizes too long, just as I always have. Maybe, some day, I can actually afford to buy shoes that fit, now that I know what I've hated shoes my entire life.

I went to the climbing gym a couple weeks back, and just climbed barefoot. I always just thought wearing shoes was awful, but it's because I've always worn a totally wrong size show and didn't know it.

Apr 18 13 08:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be wrote:
I waer a 9 1/2, my feet would eat your feet. 5 is super tiny, hell, 7 is super tiny

So is 9.5.   big_smile

Apr 18 13 09:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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lol

It makes me laugh to think that you think that a size 7 is a big shoe size. =_=

No. Try wearing a size 11. That's a big foot right there. Shoes, for me, are a NIGHTMARE. And to think that my mom had to take me the long way around the store to avoid the shoe section when I was a toddler, because I loved shoes so much (I had an insane obsession with mary janes and had them in every color, and frequently paired them with my bright red tights, which I wore. Constantly. CONSTANTLY) as a toddler.

Now I avoid the she section because it's just depressing (so many shoes, so little that comes in my size!). And of course my feet are stupid shaped, long and thin with a narrowed heel).
Apr 18 13 11:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
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so, is it true what they say about women's shoe size and.... you know wink
Apr 19 13 12:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life
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Becks wrote:
lol

It makes me laugh to think that you think that a size 7 is a big shoe size. =_=

No. Try wearing a size 11. That's a big foot right there. Shoes, for me, are a NIGHTMARE. And to think that my mom had to take me the long way around the store to avoid the shoe section when I was a toddler, because I loved shoes so much (I had an insane obsession with mary janes and had them in every color, and frequently paired them with my bright red tights, which I wore. Constantly. CONSTANTLY) as a toddler.

Now I avoid the she section because it's just depressing (so many shoes, so little that comes in my size!). And of course my feet are stupid shaped, long and thin with a narrowed heel).

Pffff 11s are small too.  cool

Apr 19 13 12:44 am  Link  Quote 
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I have wide feet too... and very arched feet. I can never get into boots unless they have a zipper, and even then it's problematic.

I wear a 8 1/2 mostly, but if it's a "wide fit" collection I can easily go down a size.
Apr 19 13 04:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Kincaid Blackwood
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Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:
Pffff 11s are small too.  cool

Women think it's all about length. Koryn is a testament to the fact that girth matters too.

Apr 19 13 04:48 am  Link  Quote 
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Try New Balance shoes, new balance.com. They specialize in hard to find sizes.

I used to wear a size 9EEEEE.
Apr 19 13 04:54 am  Link  Quote 
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Anna Adrielle wrote:
I have wide feet too... and very arched feet. I can never get into boots unless they have a zipper, and even then it's problematic.

I wear a 8 1/2 mostly, but if it's a "wide fit" collection I can easily go down a size.

I'm the same with boots, except considering I have a 14.5 inch calf, if I can get my foot into them, the zippers won't zip over the calf. I have one pair of boots that actually fit, and they're mens' motorcycle boots. I found them at a Goodwill for $10, but someone probably bought them at a Harley store, or somewhere that was expensive. They're made for big dude legs, so while of course the foot part is far too long, at least they're wide and they don't feel like I'm wearing a tourniquet on my calves.

Apr 19 13 06:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Jim Shibley wrote:
Try New Balance shoes, new balance.com. They specialize in hard to find sizes.

I used to wear a size 9EEEEE.

Holy shit! That's way wider than my feet, which are apparently about as wide as human feet get, and are likely to spread out more as I get older (sounds lovely, right?) - but it looks like there is a New Balance outlet near where I live, so that's pretty sweet I guess.

Apr 19 13 06:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Koryn Locke wrote:

I'm the same with boots, except considering I have a 14.5 inch calf, if I can get my foot into them, the zippers won't zip over the calf. I have one pair of boots that actually fit, and they're mens' motorcycle boots. I found them at a Goodwill for $10, but someone probably bought them at a Harley store, or somewhere that was expensive. They're made for big dude legs, so while of course the foot part is far too long, at least they're wide and they don't feel like I'm wearing a tourniquet on my calves.

try stretchy boots smile

I have a pair of black leather over the knee boots that look real, but are made wiith this stretchy fake leather material... they're awesome

Apr 19 13 06:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Nike has the Nike Air Native N7, which is a wider shoe because Indians have wider feet and a different shaped foot.
Apr 19 13 08:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Me too. Actually. High arches and everything.

I started wearing a size 7 in high school, and depending on the shoe would wear everything from a 6 to a 7.5W.
About a year ago I had my feet measured to find I'm a 5D as well. *dies*
I wear the Brooks Adrenaline. I like them enough I have two pairs - one in blue one in black.
Apr 19 13 10:39 am  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:
I have kangaroo feet.  big_smile

you don't need a ship to cruise the Gulf ?

Apr 19 13 01:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:
I have kangaroo feet.  big_smile

Like this? 

http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0 … 74358.jpeg


Maybe you should meet this guy:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic … iving.html

Apr 19 13 01:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryn Locke wrote:

Yeah, but the width is a D measurement. The shoe person said that is completely outsized for a female foot. It kind of requires a specialty shoe, if I actually want the shoes to *really* fit.

So, while your foot might be long, it's probably only an A or B width. A-B width is average for women, with C being really wide, and D-width being the foot equivalent of having natural DDD-cup boobies.

I got the foot version of epic tits.

got a woodie

Apr 19 13 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Skipshots
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Becks wrote:
lol

It makes me laugh to think that you think that a size 7 is a big shoe size. =_=

No. Try wearing a size 11. That's a big foot right there. Shoes, for me, are a NIGHTMARE. And to think that my mom had to take me the long way around the store to avoid the shoe section when I was a toddler, because I loved shoes so much (I had an insane obsession with mary janes and had them in every color, and frequently paired them with my bright red tights, which I wore. Constantly. CONSTANTLY) as a toddler.

Now I avoid the she section because it's just depressing (so many shoes, so little that comes in my size!). And of course my feet are stupid shaped, long and thin with a narrowed heel).

Whoever that is in the linked image is a really cute kid. Is it you, Becks?

Apr 19 13 07:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticPhotography wrote:
Nike has the Nike Air Native N7, which is a wider shoe because Indians have wider feet and a different shaped foot.

I found that peculiar. I just kind of did some Google searching.

I also have the shovel-shaped incisors, and an extra bone ridge that extends out past my pinky toe like a little ledge.

Someone in my family must have had an affair with the mailman.

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Less Than Two wrote:
Me too. Actually. High arches and everything.

I started wearing a size 7 in high school, and depending on the shoe would wear everything from a 6 to a 7.5W.
About a year ago I had my feet measured to find I'm a 5D as well. *dies*
I wear the Brooks Adrenaline. I like them enough I have two pairs - one in blue one in black.

I KILL sneakers. I mean, KILL them. I can buy a brand new pair, and they're shot in three months. I don't think I have a budget for shoes that actually fit my feet. I will need a new pair of $200 shoes every few months.

Apr 19 13 07:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Skipshots wrote:

Whoever that is in the linked image is a really cute kid. Is it you, Becks?

lol yes, that was me, in the aforementioned bright red tights.

Apr 19 13 08:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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I have a rather protrusive heel. Doesn't affect my shoe wear but gets in the way anyhow.
Apr 19 13 08:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Anastacia Nikolaeva wrote:
I have a rather protrusive heel. Doesn't affect my shoe wear but gets in the way anyhow.

Do you get a lot of blisters on your heels?

Apr 19 13 08:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryn Locke wrote:

Do you get a lot of blisters on your heels?

Cripes, do I ever. The area is pretty permanently callused.  But no matter how much skin I grow on there, I blister up incessantly.

Anywho, it looks like Amazon has some decently priced shoes in your size:
http://www.amazon.com/Keds-Womens-Champ … words=shoe

My mother has really wide feet. It's always been frustrating for her to find well-fitting shoes, too. I think she sticks to a lot of open back sandals.

Apr 19 13 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Anastacia Nikolaeva wrote:

Cripes, do I ever. The area is pretty permanently callused.  But no matter how much skin I grow on there, I blister up incessantly.

Anywho, it looks like Amazon has some decently priced shoes in your size:
http://www.amazon.com/Keds-Womens-Champ … words=shoe

My mother has really wide feet. It's always been frustrating for her to find well-fitting shoes, too. I think she sticks to a lot of open back sandals.

Holy crap. They have a 5E. That would be the magical god of shoe-wearing for me. Like, unicorns and rainbows would explode from my feet!

Apr 19 13 08:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Koryn Locke wrote:

Holy crap. They have a 5E. That would be the magical god of shoe-wearing for me. Like, unicorns and rainbows would explode from my feet!

big_smile

Amazon is kind of my best friend.

Apr 19 13 08:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Less Than Two
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, US


Koryn Locke wrote:

I KILL sneakers. I mean, KILL them. I can buy a brand new pair, and they're shot in three months. I don't think I have a budget for shoes that actually fit my feet. I will need a new pair of $200 shoes every few months.

I kill shoes too. I remember my first and only pair of nikes. They were completely dead within two months, even after duct tape. For a long time I largely got all of my shoes either from payless or from thrift stores, because I couldn't justify the money. Sneakers were usually payless, while heels were usually thrift store purchases.
I've had the blue ones about a year, and outside of a mud stain on the mesh part of the right one, so far there are no signs of wear and tear. And I'm amazed at how different my knees and back feel wearing proper fitting shoes - especially since I bought them around the time I was recovering from some pretty ugly injuries to my spine and knees, wearing crappy shoes and heels all the time was no longer an option. After like 10 months and they were still almost good as new, I saw the black ones on sale, and felt totally justified in buying them too.

Do some research on brands, styles, support types, and how they hold up, see a foot specialist at a shoe store, experiment. You might be able to find the right shoe for your feet to hold up to both your foot shape and your activity levels.

Apr 20 13 07:28 am  Link  Quote 
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MMR Digital
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Koryn Locke wrote:
"Your feet are ... special..."

Like short-bus kind of special.

I am size 14 wide- try that out in any shoe store. The internet doesn't help.

Wallmart has 14 wide- but everyone wants them to be shut down for too many reasons that have nothing to do with the fact that they have have a shoe I can wear.

Apr 20 13 06:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be
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Portland, Oregon, US


Koryn Locke wrote:

OMG. They had ONE pair (of hiking boots, not even "normal" shoes), ONE pair, in that whole store that was the actual size I'm supposed to be wearing. It was like... walking on a cloud. It was fucking amazing. I have NEVER felt, up until that point, what it felt like to have my feet in the correct size shoe. It was a totally different shoe experience.

That's all fine and good, except I can't actually afford to buy any shoes in my size --- like ever.  Most manufacturers don't even make shoes with that kind of width, unless you order them.

The fact is, I'm going to continue wearing my sneakers 2.5 sizes too long, just as I always have. Maybe, some day, I can actually afford to buy shoes that fit, now that I know what I've hated shoes my entire life.

I went to the climbing gym a couple weeks back, and just climbed barefoot. I always just thought wearing shoes was awful, but it's because I've always worn a totally wrong size show and didn't know it.

Sent you a PM smile

Apr 20 13 11:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be
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Big A-Larger Than Life wrote:

So is 9.5.   big_smile

Ha, I love you. My friends make fun of my shoes tongue

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Sophia Be wrote:

Sent you a PM smile

Thanks for the link. I will probably go shopping at some point, and just buy a couple of pairs. Really, the width is the thing that will make it hard to find them. The numerical length ("5") isn't that hard to find. It's the width. I did find some C-width shoes on there, which are too narrow, but I'm sure there are some D-width ones also, if I continue to look. I can probably go back over the site here in a couple weeks when/if I have some extra money to spend.

Apr 21 13 03:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophia Be
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Koryn Locke wrote:

Thanks for the link. I will probably go shopping at some point, and just buy a couple of pairs. Really, the width is the thing that will make it hard to find them. The numerical length ("5") isn't that hard to find. It's the width. I did find some C-width shoes on there, which are too narrow, but I'm sure there are some D-width ones also, if I continue to look. I can probably go back over the site here in a couple weeks when/if I have some extra money to spend.

The internet is a god send for hard to find sizes. I've started getting my kid's shoes on the net because most stores don't tend to carry much in size 13. It's nice to have more then one pair to choose from smile

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