If there are things we worry about our shoes, it’s usually along the lines of what style goes with what outfit, whether or not high heels can cause health problems, how to deal with cracks on a leather shoe, and so on. But there’s one very common problem that we often overlook or are perhaps even not aware of... which is that most of us are wearing shoes that are too small. Yes, really. How is this possible? Well, read on, ladies...
First and foremost, your feet can change sizes as we age. It will be very slight, but after a while it becomes noticeable. So, even when you’ve stopped growing for a long time, perhaps a pair of heels you bought 5 years ago won’t really fit anymore.
In fact, the average shoe size worn by women has gone up for the past four decades. Now, this might not be a problem in itself, if it weren’t for “vanity sizing” or “size inflation”. Basically this means that shoes with the same actual size gets assigned smaller size numbers as time goes by. Vanity sizing is much more common in clothes, since a lot of buyers feel better about themselves when buying smaller-sized outfits—it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re thinner than you really are. But, this phenomenon has also invaded the shoe realm.
So, what can we do? Be extra vigilant when fitting and buying shoes. Remember, sizes will vary widely between different brands, so never rush shoe shopping by simply picking the size you’ve bought the last time...
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