Women’s Shoe Size 10 ˝ is Frustrating, But There are Solutions!
am a Ladies shoe size 10 ˝, and it is not an easy size to be. Rarely are shoe
styles available in a 10 ˝. For me, 10’s are generally too small and 11’s are
generally too big. Most Women’s shoes are not available in half-sizes after size
10; they continue on in full sizes only. There are 10 ˝ out there at specialty
retailers and online in very few select styles, but who wants to go through all
that trouble and have such a limited selection just to get shoes? In my
experience, most of all the cute styles don’t exist in a 10 ˝, even online. It
can be very frustrating! However, I have come up with a solution to get shoe
styles to fit and I would like to share my secrets.
Note: The same solutions can be applied for size 11 ˝ feet and so forth.
Choosing Styles that Run Small or Big
There are going to be styles of shoes that do not run true to size. You can take
advantage of this if you are 10 ˝ like me. A size 10 that runs big will fit like
a 10 ˝ as well as a size 11 that runs small. This is the most common way I can
find shoes that work for me. You do need to try on many styles and go through
much trial and error but it is worth it to find a great fitting pair of shoes.
Sometimes choosing size 10W (wide width) will fit because the width compensates
for the half-size.
Wearing Certain Socks and Hosiery to Help Fit
Many of my shoes are either a size 10 or size 11 due to the fact that 10 ˝
basically does not exist. I have found that by wearing different socks of
various thicknesses really can make a big difference in the fit of the shoe.
With closed-in casual styles that are a little bit snug, I will wear either thin
ultra-low no-show socks, or very thin trouser socks. This creates a little more
room for the foot. With styles that are a little too big, I will wear very thick
and cushioned socks to help fill up the extra space and gapping in the shoe.
Doctoring Up with Shoe Care Products
The three main shoe care products I would recommend for “in-between” size feet
are: Heel Grips that stick around the inside back of the shoe, Comfort Grip Pads
for under the ball of the foot, and Full Comfort Inserts.
Many of my sandals, casual, and dress shoes are a size 11 that I have
doctored up. Comfort Grip Pads are great, they add cushioning to the ball of the
foot, help fill up that extra half-size, and help keep your feet from sliding
forward. They are available in various qualities from basic foam to massaging
gel for added comfort. Heel Grips will help any slipping in the back heel area.
They have a rubbery grip to them and can also help prevent blistering in shoes
that are a bit too big. Often times I will use both the Heel Grip and Comfort
Grip Pad in conjunction with one another for maximum effectiveness. Full Comfort
Inserts seem to work the best for me in size 11 boot styles and also athletic
style shoes to bring them down to about a 10 ˝, and they also help make them
extra comfy and cushioned.
Sometimes there are certain styles of shoes that will just work for me. A
current trend is flats that “curl” up around the foot, often times they have a
rim on the upper made of elastic to “hug” the foot. I can get these in a size 11
and the shape and elasticity will keep them on my feet without having to doctor
them. I have also had luck with canvas shoes in a size 11. To shrink them up, I
immerse them into very hot (not boiling) water. Then I will dry them in the hot
sun. Usually they will shrink up just enough to fit perfectly.
There are also wooden shoe stretchers that are able to help stretch out the
length and/or width. They are widely available to purchase online but could cost
up to $50 for a good one. Just be mindful about what materials your shoes are
made out of if you opt to try this method. Leathers and fabrics will stretch
easier without damaging the material than vinyl-type and synthetic man-made
materials. Some of these devices even have attachable components to help stretch
areas that need to be roomier such as to accompany a bunion or a larger toe box
Until the shoe market for half-sizes after 10 changes, people like me will have
to just have a bit more of a challenge to find properly fitting shoes. But with
these tried solutions, selecting cute, comfortable styles is more possible and
there is no need to give up hope anymore.
Women’s Shoe Size 10 ˝ is Frustrating, There are Solutions!
Different Types of Socks