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If you wear a half size in shoes do you order up or down?

Started 1311181538.063 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1311278536.14 by BlondeBrooke

I am a 9 1/2 in sandals and it drives me nuts that a lot of companies don't make half sizes. I usually order a 9 which can be a tad short but the 10 is always too big. What's with these companies? I love Yellow Box and they make half sizes in everything except 9 1/2 and 10 1/2. I just don't get that logic.

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chrystaltr­ee1311181966.60714043 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

I wear a 10 1/2, C width. A shoe size that no manufacturer makes. I have no choice, I have to go up to a size 11.

Pearlbaby1311182073.586340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

I would go up most times. If they pinch I wont wear them.

candy1311183567.29531 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northeast

I order up. A looser shoe will not give you blisters where a tight one will. I also use innersoles and arch type inserts to make the shoe snugger.


twocent1311183889.21710911 PostsRegistered 1/5/2008

Up, if I go down - it's too small. A tad big- is better than too small. {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

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BuddhaMom1311184856.65172 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010

I made the decision a while back that if half sizes are not offered, I just pass on that shoe. Really. My size is my size. They should consider that half sizes are important, too. Shoes have gotta be comfortable. Cool

namealread­ytaken1311185259.468421 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

the reason I refuse to order shoes. Sometimes I need to go up and sometimes I need to go down, even in the same brand.

Affordable shoes are no longer made in the USA, that unionmade high-end price only the FLOTUS and the celebs can afford as we peasantry have to get the chioniserie but we continue paying taxes and buying the tickets so they can all vacation elegantly abroad and in the Hamptons.

luvmypupz1311185644.624991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

They generally say to order up to the next full size, I have heard them say on a particular shoe to order down. Kind of glad I am a full size and don't have to worry about that.

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ladyroxanne1311198131.5611022 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

i always order up, but i just bought a pair online and they said they run big and to size down. that's something i've never seen in shoes before.

momcat1311198531.7176708 PostsRegistered 9/12/2010

I wear a 9 in a closed up shoe, and a 9 1/2 in an open shoe. If there are no half sizes for that open shoe, I size up and it usually fits just fine. I don't understand why the difference in my shoe size because of the style, but I just go along.

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chickenbutt1311198565.68327149 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I tend to not buy if they don't have half sizes. I'm a 7 1/2 and an 8 is just too long. A size 7 is slightly too short.

My worst part is that I'm a 7 1/2 WIDE in any kind of shoe and sometimes you cannot get that width. The B width is just enough too narrow that it doesn't work for me.

Too bad everybody can't have every size, eh? :(

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sarpy1311199584.8371756 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

Why doesn't QVC order 1/2 sizes in more footwear? When they don't, they tell us to go up a size. QVC, that doesn't work. You just want to sell more shoes and I and many other people won't buy them. QVC sells thousands of shoes and Clarks and many other manuf. would make them if QVC would order them. QVC needs new shoe buyers. I don't buy any more footwear from QVC.

sarpy1311199680.351756 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

chickenbutt: I wear the same size as you and I don't buy shoes that are too big or little. I haven't had a new pair of shoes in 3 years.

CouponQueen1311200120.6875154 PostsRegistered 10/21/2010

In slip on sandals with no backs I go down ...otherwise I just don't get the shoe as they don't fit!

wilma1311207307.45713395 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

I used to be a whole size, but over time my feet have changed so now I have to have a half size. If I can't find it I don't buy, because going up is always too big, and going down is too small. I have been disappointed when I see a really cute shoe in a store, and they only have whole sizes.

Clover291311207557.82311526 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008
On 7/20/2011 BuddhaMom said:

I made the decision a while back that if half sizes are not offered, I just pass on that shoe. Really. My size is my size. They should consider that half sizes are important, too. Shoes have gotta be comfortable. Cool

Me too.

What I find weird is that the European size 38 - which is the most popular over there - is a 7 1/2 in the US, and it can be so hard to find here. I used to be able to get my size without any problem in Euro sizing, and now I'm a half size that shoe companies don't cater to.

jellyBEAN1311209778.5833398 PostsRegistered 6/6/2009

Depends on the shoe. Don't you luv that answer?

I'm in the same boat (no pun intended) as you wearing a size 9.5. 9 is usually a little too small, and a 10 is just a tad too big. Sometimes with an Ugg, I will size down to a 9, but with most other brands, I'd size up and yes, you can always add a cushioned gel insole or pad to take up the extra space. Also a thick sock if its a closed toe shoe.

Also, the Franco Sarto brand runs a tad big, so I can wear a 9 in those. I think Sperry runs bigger also.

BlondeBroo­ke1311278536.1376741 PostsRegistered 12/23/2006

It all depends on the manufacturer.

In some brands I take a 7, some a 7.5 and some an 8. That's why I don't usually order online shoes because of the size variance. (unless I've tried them on in the store and I know how the manufacturers sizing runs)


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