Posted July 6th, 2007, 03:29 PM
I never really thought about if my feet are narrow or not, but my toes do tend to slide over the edge of my sandals, even though I find the shoe fits otherwise. Maybe my feet are narrow, lol.
I know I wear almost 2 sizes smaller now than I did when I was a teenager. I lost alot of weight since then (I'm 41 now). In high school I wore a 7 1/2 and now I wear a 6, smaller if it's a tennis shoe. They probably also changed the way they size shoes these days...I don't know. But I can buy my athletic shoes in the kids department. I bought a pair of New Balance tennis shoes (plain white, no sparklies or pink stuff) and it was half the price of what I would have paid for the women's sizes.
I'm going to have to have my foot width measured to see if it's narrow. What's considered narrow?
My first job was in a shoe store. We were not allowed to ask a person's size or we would be fired. Consequently, I had to measure a lot of feet- men, women and wiggling babies.
In U.S. sizes, a women's medium is a "B". A, AA, AAA, AAAA, etc. are considered narrow widths, the more A's the narrower.
Also, you have to take into account your instep (the top of your foot over your arch). Some people who have very high insteps have a difficult time fitting their foot into a shoe.
My MIL cannot wear slides, clogs, mules for this reason, her foot simply will not go down into the shoe far enough. This would result in her heel hanging over the back of some sandals. She always needs a back strap on her sandals.
I have a thin flat foot, low instep, no arch to speak of, so there is always space between the top of the shoe and the top of my foot. This means that my foot can slide forward out of a sandal.
Trying on different styles and brands is necessary to find the right sandal, also one should not be married to one size. I vary from 8, 81/2 to 9.