Post # 1
Any other petite girls coming across this problem?
This obnoxiously written article on the already-obnoxious HuffPo confirms what I’ve been noticing: size 5 shoes are dying out.
(Of course, the author never really reveals a source. So it could just be as unresearched as this rant.)
I get that there are still plenty of brands that carry 5s. But way more do not. Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters have maybe one pair of shoes each out of their entire selection that are a 5 or 5.5 – the rest start at 6.
Even midline modern designers often start at 6 – Rachel Comey has to die for shoes, but I can’t find any in my size. I’m all for brands sizing up – I know how hard the higher end can be to shop for, R is a size 13! But why do it at the expense of the size 5 and 5.5 feet?
What’s up with this?
Post # 3
That makes absolutely no sense.
I mean, it’s not as if you can get a correlating size for 5/5.5 in GIRLS shoes(not that the really really nice shoes are made for tweens anyway..) and it’s not as if small feet don’t exist.
This is ridiculous. I undertand that either extreme is hard enough to find, my FH always complains that men’s shoes seem to ‘end’ at 11 or 12, which is a size or two too small for him.
I guess we’re all going to have to go bare foot if we don’t have ‘average’ sized feet?
Post # 4
Ridiculous. Size 5 shoes are in abundance in stores such as Payless, Target, Walmart and are not going away anytime soon. People have no control over the size feet they were given by Mother Nature and it’s ludicrous for anyone to decide to quit making them because they think everyone and their brother is and should be a size 8.
Post # 5
@Selene221: WOW Target carry size 5s where you are? Here in Australia, or at least the ones near me you can never find anything smaller than a 6. It is super frustrating.
I am a 5, and even then sometimes they can be a little big and I jokingly ask for a 4. I find in sandals and joggers and things that I have to buy girls size 3 to get a shoe that fits. Unfortunatly there usually isnt a huge range to choose from. I feel stupid as a 29 year old having to wear young girl shoes. My mum tried to talk me into buying Barbie sandals one day, she thought they were cute…..I was slightly offended. lol.
Luckily I know of a few chains around here that carry 5 in their ranges. Stores such as Betts, Novo and Williams (Williams usually have to order them in).
A month ago I was super excited because I was in Novo and managed to get the most gorgous pair of boots in a size 5…SCORE!!!!!!
Post # 6
I wear a 5/5.5 and it is really hard to find nice shoes :(. Most places start at 6. I found that Aldos carries my size which is nice, but I don’t always have 80+ to spend on a pair of shoes. I do get a lot of shoes from Payless, but in all the malls around here that section is TINY and doesn’t carry any of the shoes I like, so I’ll usually just up 2 a 6 even if it means they are a little big.
Post # 7
I’m also noticing it’s harder and harder to find cute shoes in a 5.5. I end up buying them in a 6 and then they don’t fit…insoles help some, but it’s really not the same. And who wants to have to stick an insole in a designer shoe?!
Post # 8
Really? Here most stores carry size 5 women. I am a size 7-9 WIDE, yep I have man feet and I have such a hard time finding nice shoes to wear because everything in “my size” are for old ladies. FI has such a hard time finding shoes because he is a size 5-6 MENS…yeah…apparently for his grad he has to get boy’s dress shoes.
Post # 9
One of the petite women I work with has mentioned that it is getting harder to find her small size, so there could be something to it. I have noticed that it is getting more common to see size 11s, also (and as someone who is 6’1″ and terrified of my feet getting bigger after pregnancy, this makes me happy – you have no idea how enraging it is to walk into a store and see that they have an entire section dedicated to petites and zero tall clothes. We can’t make fabric length magically appear, people!!). But, i’m sure that the shoe sizing follows the market – people are getting taller as a population, and it would make sense for them to phase that out if they are not selling as much.
Post # 10
I feel your pain! I have a hard time finding shoes to fit. I have to get StrideRite big girl sandals to fit my feet. Size 4. And then they are not usually wide enough. I also can’t wear high heels due to a medical condition. I get sooo worried that I might have to buy “Barbie-type” shoes for dressy events. 🙁
Post # 11
@BunnyBrideToBe: Exactly! Plus, blisters are much worse in shoes that are too big since your feet move around.
I understand the logic of size 5 not being as profitable, but to cut out all those women that have size 5 feet is infuriating to me. I walk 4+ miles a day, so shoes that are too big or poor quality aren’t really an option.
It seems like you non-US bees have more luck with small sizes! I wonder why that is?
By the way, I worked at DSW a year ago, and in the time since I’ve quit the 5-5 1/2 clearance aisle has gone from three shelves to less than one.
I also really feel for everyone with a wide or narrow width. It seems anything other than the middle of the road (size 7-9 medium) is hard to find and the “fringe” sizes are even more difficult to find.
Post # 12
It’s not just shoes. I work for Victoria’s Secret and they are phasing out our size 32 bras in the stores, and our XS clothing. They told us flat out that they were going because the small sizes dont make them enough money.
Of course, they’re also phasing out the large sizes too. No more XL (except in 1 style of panties) and no more size 40 bras in store.
It’s really kind of sad.
Post # 13
@zippylef: ugh. That really sucks. I’m having the same issue with Gap. Those clothes run so large that even though they carry XS, it’s often still too large on me. And I have a large B/small C chest!
Post # 14
@lilyfaith: Definitely sucks. Our bras already run small, so I feel really, really bad for the bigger ladies. I am a large B/Small C too! (34 band size though)