Shoe Retailers are failing to Accommodate Americans’ Growing Feet

Chicagoan Whitney Miller, who is 6-foot-2 and wears a size 13, said: "I always joked that I needed to move somewhere warm so I could be in flip-flops year-round."According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, theaverage female shoe size is 8½ and the average male shoe size is 10½.  Experts say that this follows an increase in average weight and height over the last decade. 

Americans are expanding upwards, outwards, and leaving bigger footprints.

In response to consumer demand, a shift in retailers’ inventories to accommodate larger shoe sizes seems like the logical next step.  However, this is happening.  "There are more women who are a size 10 now than 7, but retailers still buy more 7s than 10s. They buy one pair (of the larger shoes) because they only think they can sell that one" says Marshal Cohen of market research firm NPD Group Inc.

Wearing the wrong shoe size can cause discomfort and harm the feet.  For questions about proper footwear, consult podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide quality care and attend to all of your podiatric needs. 

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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