Thursday, October 22, 2009

More Shoe Drama

My new, specially ordered shoes finally came in Tuesday – and they were the wrong size! For some unfathomable reason, the clerk at the store ordered them in size 10, and I’m a 10 ½ extra wide.

When she brought the box out of the storeroom, I knew I was in trouble. I pointed out the mistake, and she said, “Well, that's what you told me.” I most certainly did not, because I have never been a size 10, but I resisted the urge to argue and tried them on, just for the heck of it.

At first, they seemed like they might work – snug, but not painful. So I took them home for the evening and wore them around the house. When my left foot went numb, I knew I had to exchange them -- but no one can say I didn't try.

I took them back to the store yesterday morning, expecting to have to argue a little. I began making my case gently -- you catch more flies with honey, right? Lo and behold, the clerk was gracious; I guess she knew the shoes wouldn’t work either. I had her measure my foot, just to be sure we were getting the right size, and it turns out that while my right foot is a 10 ½, my left foot is an 11! (No wonder it went numb!)

So, sometime next week, I’ll be picking up my new pair of size 11, double E shoes.

Meanwhile, I’m still wearing Dave’s, which I’ve grown to like, even though they’re a size 12. (In fact, he's given them to me, because he's awesome.) I told the clerk I was walking in borrowed size 12 shoes, and she said the difference between sizes is only 1/8 of an inch, so it's not surprising that I could wear a larger pair. Who knew?!


  1. I'm on a mission to buy new shoes too. The Eccos I ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday and were marked 40 but fit like a 39, so back they go at a cost of $4.98 to me. Later I sent into The Walking Company to look at shoes. Unfortunately the only pair that appealed to me was the style I ordered from Amazon, which didn't fit even in a 41 (at the cost of $40 higher than I had paid.) So I feel lucky to have the pair I've been wearing every day for months on end. Sorry to take up so much comment space, but I'm with you in shoe frustration!

  2. Those damn shoes!

    I love it that you're wearing Dave's shoes. Walking a mile in his mocassins are you? Very cool.

  3. Misspelled moccasins. Moccassins? You know what I mean.

  4. This is why I love, love, LOVE Zappos: I can't remember the last time I bought shoes in a shoe-store (and I'm picky about my shoes!) They have free shipping & a wonderful returns policy...and shipping on returns is free, too. So you can order a pair of shoes, and if they don't fit, ship them back with no problems.

  5. My narrow feet are hard to fit, too, so when I find shoes that work, I hope that the style is not discontinued!