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The average shoe size is on the rise in USA

 
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The average shoe size is on the rise in USA
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by Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff, on Mon Mar 1, 2010 12:51pm PST

After reading the comments on "7 things a shoe salesman won't tell you," a recent article posted on Shine, I realized that I was not the only person frustrated with the way shoes fit (or don't fit) my feet, and the availability of shoes that fit well in stores. According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, the average shoe size has increased by a full size over the past 30 years. While the best-selling size for ladies used to be a 7.5, it's now an 8.5. The average shoe size for dudes has increased from 9.5 to a 10.5.

Apparently our feet are growing longer and wider over time, but no one can pinpoint exactly why. It could be due to the hormones in our food, or maybe that younger generations have grown up wearing sturdier shoes that were better for our feet. Michael Weiss, the national retail director for women's shoes at Nordstrom thinks that comfy shoes like clogs and Crocs have caused our feet to spread. What doesn't help matters is that nearly four in 10 women buy shoes knowing they don't fit, according to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Is this because we want the shoes so badly that we'll buy them even though they don't fit us properly, or are stores just not carrying our sizes? Hmmm.

My issue is that I wear an 8.5 and my size is always sold out first! What is your biggest footwear gripe?

Oh, and for those of you who have an above average shoe size, I have some good news for you. This article I read in the Chicago Tribune offered up some really great shoe shopping sites that go all the way up to a size 15 or 16 and carry a great range of widths. Check out the links below.

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by Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff, on Mon Mar 1, 2010 12:51pm PST

After reading the comments on "7 things a shoe salesman won't tell you," a recent article posted on Shine, I realized that I was not the only person frustrated with the way shoes fit (or don't fit) my feet, and the availability of shoes that fit well in stores. According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, the average shoe size has increased by a full size over the past 30 years. While the best-selling size for ladies used to be a 7.5, it's now an 8.5. The average shoe size for dudes has increased from 9.5 to a 10.5.

Apparently our feet are growing longer and wider over time, but no one can pinpoint exactly why. It could be due to the hormones in our food, or maybe that younger generations have grown up wearing sturdier shoes that were better for our feet. Michael Weiss, the national retail director for women's shoes at Nordstrom thinks that comfy shoes like clogs and Crocs have caused our feet to spread. What doesn't help matters is that nearly four in 10 women buy shoes knowing they don't fit, according to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Is this because we want the shoes so badly that we'll buy them even though they don't fit us properly, or are stores just not carrying our sizes? Hmmm.

My issue is that I wear an 8.5 and my size is always sold out first! What is your biggest footwear gripe?

Oh, and for those of you who have an above average shoe size, I have some good news for you. This article I read in the Chicago Tribune offered up some really great shoe shopping sites that go all the way up to a size 15 or 16 and carry a great range of widths. Check out the links below.
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you got small feet man
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She's a woman. No man cares about shoes!
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if I'm correct the average man's "equipment" should be on the rise too




very good news, Feru




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I know why feet are bigger...

It takes a bigger base to hold up more weight.

I'm surprised average shoe aren't size 20 by now, with all the fatties waddling around.
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I didn't write it guys, I post a link and the name of the article author.
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Re: The average shoe size is on the rise in USA
It is just like clothes sizes, they are smaller than they used
to be, not because the person is bigger, just that the size was changed.

My husband wears a size 13 1\2 triple E, they are still hard to find, the ones that look good and fit well.

The more clothes cost, designers clothes, the smaller the clothes sizes, I know that, because in regular clothes that aren't real high priced, I wear a size 6 to 8 in some, higher
price size 3. So you just got to figure some one is getting ripped of on their size, and it isn't the poorer folks.
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Ppl are getting taller! It used to be unusual to see women my height (5'10"), but now in the younger generation there are many woman that height or taller!

My feet are size 10 wide, but they are proportionate.
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if I'm correct the average man's "equipment" should be on the rise too
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There is a very weak correlation between shoe size and human penis size, so you can forget about equipment.

Oddly, my shoe size is 39.5 EUR/ size 6¼ uk, and my willy is of great width and length.
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Re: The average shoe size is on the rise in USA
I played a game of AFL a couple of years ago and I am a size 9.

I had to borrow some boots, so I tried the 15-16 year old kids.

No, all too big, and by a lot.

Had to go to the 12-13 year olds and could only get a 10.

WTF?

When I played in 1987, a 9 was about average and almost no one had a 12-13.
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...Congratz Monsanto !!!...They crave for moar GMO foods to sustain daily lives for big and fat body...
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Re: The average shoe size is on the rise in USA
5'10 with size 11 feet since high school my height now makes me short to the women I am seeing but my feel are till big but narrow compared to most women. My mom though has now gone from a size 8 to an 11 wide over night she is only 5'6. At first her weight was normal when she got these big feet now she is overweight after the fact. Mutation? I already have 2 mutations since birth sectoral heterochromia and a simian line on my right hand. No answer but there is more going on than the simple gmo overweight answer methinks. ;)
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Ppl are getting taller! It used to be unusual to see women my height (5'10"), but now in the younger generation there are many woman that height or taller!

My feet are size 10 wide, but they are proportionate.
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10? 2 door or 4 door?


lol



I wear 12 4E, 6'
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While our brains are shrinking . . .
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