Shoe industry takes notice as feet get bigger

  • Article by: KEVYN BURGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 15, 2012 - 8:30 AM

Average shoe sizes have grown more than a size over the past 30 years. The demand for bigger shoes is forcing retailers to slowly diversify their offerings.

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davehougOct. 14, 12 7:55 PM

So cant stores ASK for larger shoes? If they sell full price then ask for more. I find it hard to think stores will ONLY get one assortment of sizes.

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allisonemargOct. 15, 12 9:49 AM

I have the same problem but I am a size 5. Many places used to carry a size 5 but now that America's feet are growing they start shoes at 6. I really struggle to find anything that is not a kid's shoe.

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GemarieOct. 15, 12 3:26 PM

Buying a wider width shoe in ANY size is hard. Stores proudly say they wide shoes, but is in undesireable styles, or they are sold out because they sold them so fast. None of the department stores carry them at all.

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thewinterzOct. 15, 1210:57 PM

I have had problems my whole life finding size 11 shoes, stores are slowly adding a few more. Now however, I have a 16 yr. old daughter that needs a size 11.5 or 12 and she is running into the same problem I have always had and cannot find shoes anywhere. She is so frustrated, which is especially hard for a 16 yr. old. Stores really need to realize this and start accommodating this growing market!

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julietaluccaOct. 16, 12 8:29 AM

It's a very frustrating subject for women. One of my friends who's a size 2 in the UK (4 US) was finding it really hard to find a shoe for her wedding, until she found a small company in the UK where you can design your own shoes. Their sizes go from 1.5 UK (3 US) to a 10 UK (12 US). She was very impressed with the quality of the shoes and how comfortable they are.

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fxw12ireneNov. 2, 12 1:50 PM

I posted a very helpful on topic comment yesterday and I don't see it above. What happened?

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