Post # 1
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
Lately I’ve been noticing that my everyday/work heels are looking pretty sad and in dire need of replacement, so I’ve been looking for a new pair for awhile now. I’ve noticed however that while I ordinarily wear an 8 1/2, that most heels in that size are MUCH too tight! Like, a whole size too tight. I thought maybe my feet might’ve grown, but flat shoes and sandals in that size still fit perfectly fine and my weight hasn’t really fluctuated much so I don’t know how that could’ve happened.. It’s strange because my old heels are 8 1/2 and fit comfortably, but I wonder if they’ve just stretched out over the years.
Sadly my shoes finally caved in and broke today so now I REALLY need a new pair since I absolutely hate wearing flats every day. Ironic since all the truly cute shoes I’ve found that I like are only available online so the troubles in figuring out what size to order is even more obnoxious. I’m wary of ordering too big too since I did that once and they blistered my feet so badly I only wore them once.
Just making conversation really, who else runs into this problem? Do you make a habit of ordering a half size or so up in heels? And why can’t shoe makers just stick to specific measurements for their shoes?
Post # 2
Shoes, unfortunately, are like any other piece of clothing imo. The number size they put on it is just a general guideline and you may vary a size either way depending on the brand and shoe. I typically wear an 8 and found that 7.5 for Nine West fits, and 8.5 for some Naughty Monkey and 8 for some of their others. If you’re ordering online, just order what you think and then adjust accordingly. For heels, I always buy them snug, not paintfully tight, since they will likely stretch a little, and nothing is more annoying than heels that are too big and flop off your feet.
Post # 3
I size down most of the time when it comes to heels. I’m a true 8 1/2 meaning 9 out of 10 times, I need an 8 1/2, not an 8 or a 9. But with heels, I can very often wear an 8.
Post # 4
I also size down just like PP mentioned. I’m a true 8.5 and in most heels I can keep a 8.5 on but the 8 is sometimes a better fit. The only shoes I size up for are running shoes because you want room for your feet to swell.
I think the time of day makes a difference for shoes too, if you’re trying on shoes after standing on your feet in flip flops all day, they will be more spread out and your heels will feel tighter.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2015 - Family Farm and hall -- small town
I size down as well depending on heel height. I wear a size 8 all of my heels over 3″ are a 7.5
Post # 6
I tend to size up 1/2 a size- all my sandals and flat shoes are 8 1/2 but all my heels are 9’s. I buy the inserts for the backs of them and that helps a ton! I have also found certain brands that I swear by and that are comfortable. Calvin Klein and Aldo platform heels are my go to heels for work- 1/2 inch platform, 4 inch heel- perfect for me.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2016 - Rockfield Manor - Bel Air, MD
I definitely size up in heels. I am a true 7, but my heels always have to be 7.5, sometimes even 8!
Post # 8
I size up in heels, it leaves room for a heal grip and any cushion needed. Heel grips give some tension so the heel doesn’t pop out and greatly reduces the chances of blisters. If you want to stay with the 8.5 but are to narrow you can get a shoe stretcher or have a cobbler stretch them
Post # 9
I size up! I’m between a 9.5 and a 10 with many pairs of shoes in both sizes, and I even have a pair or two in a size 9 and they fit great. But when it comes to heels, I 100% always have to get at least a 10 (sometimes a 10.5!) in order for them to fit comfortably.