I really enjoy wearing sandals as long as I can every year from early in the spring of the season to as late in the fall as I can get away with here in Eastern Idaho. Sandals can be dressy or casual, lightweight and well made, and, just plain comfortable to wear. That is the easy part.
This post is about the hard part! I get so frustrated going to various local stores when I am on the search for new sandals. Here is the reason why. Sandals, not any differently I guess from dress shoes or boots for that matter, seem to be manufactured to very un-uniform standards. Not to go off on a tangent here, but, the issue that I will write about in this post is sandal foot size. In this case, I am not talking about width size, even though that can be a problem too!
I am talking about the actual marked foot size on the sandal. Yesterday I went Sandal shopping to purchase a new pair. Never enough, you know! My standard size is 81/2 to nine. Once I purchased a pair that was even labeled a size 10 – 11. Anyway, once I found some styles I liked came the actual trying them on. Good ol’ 81/2 to 9 right? Nope, the style I liked made me look silly in that size. My toes came nowhere near the end of the sandal. How could that be? Had my feet shrunk and wrinkled with age?
After trying on a number of styles and sizes I ended up purchasing a pair of size 71/2 sandals. That’s right, 71/2! What’s up with that. A more expensive pair in another brand had me in a 91/2 to fit right. Now I am totally confused. Here is my problem.
I want to buy a pair of wading sandals so I can do a little wet wading in some smaller streams and rivers in my area. I might like to purchase from Cabela’s or some other online dealer who has what I want at the right price. However, with shoe sizing apparently not standard, how can I purchase online? More than likely they may not fit and I have to go through the return routine. I am in a quandry here.
Sorry for the rant here, but, I would be interested in the thoughts of my readers. Thanks, as always, for reading and look forward to your comments.