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    OT: Shoe Size and Weight Loss

    OK, folks, I'm confused about something. I knew my feet would shrink from losing weight, but so much and for so long?

    When I started, I was a 13.5 wide, which meant a 14 usually. After more than a year of weight loss, I was down 115 pounds and wearing a 12.5 or 12 4E. Now, with my weight up 40 pounds from my low, I'm in 12 2E. Should I still be shrinking? Will this continue? Help!

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    Muscle?

    You can have fat feet, but I don't think you can have ripped ones. . .

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    Every few years you should have your feet size rechecked. As you age, the tendons in your feet loosen, causing their shape to change. Few people really stay the same size throughout their adult life - although most of them probably think they do, then wonder why their shoes hurt.
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    Mine have gotten narrower

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    My feet are visibly different than when I weighed 200 pounds more than I do now but still a 14, somewhere along the line (when I was gaining) I went from a 13 to a 14 but my feet are still as long as a 14 these days, I joke with my wife thet all of the extra weight flattened them out and it just stuck

    The odd part is that I recently bought a pair of hiking boots and they are a 13 and fit ok, I don't think from manufacturer to manufacturer there is a standard that is spot on, I think shoes will vary a bit.
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    I don't know if mine have changed or not. I've never had them actually measured since I was a kid (it's been about that long since I've been to a full-service shoe store with actual sales people), so all I can go on is the shoes I buy for (and by) myself. And all my adult life they've been in the range of 11.5 D to 12 D, and that fluctuation seemed to be entirely dependent on the shoe make and model. So if they've shrunk, the degree of change could easily fall within that range and I'd never know it. Plus I buy new shoes so infrequently that it's difficult to spot any sort of trend toward one end of that size spectrum or the other.
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    I went from a 11.5 4E to an 11.5 2E in a 6 month period, for the exact same running shoe. The 2E now feels a little loose so I may need a narrower shoe next.

    Visibly my feet have gone from puffy, pudgy looking to more sinewy, veiny looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Push View Post
    My feet are visibly different than when I weighed 200 pounds more than I do now but still a 14, somewhere along the line (when I was gaining) I went from a 13 to a 14 but my feet are still as long as a 14 these days, I joke with my wife thet all of the extra weight flattened them out and it just stuck

    The odd part is that I recently bought a pair of hiking boots and they are a 13 and fit ok, I don't think from manufacturer to manufacturer there is a standard that is spot on, I think shoes will vary a bit.
    Hiking boots, according to the people who fit me at REI, are supposed to fit snugly. Your feet shouldn't slide around when hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1855Cru View Post
    I went from a 11.5 4E to an 11.5 2E in a 6 month period, for the exact same running shoe. The 2E now feels a little loose so I may need a narrower shoe next.

    Visibly my feet have gone from puffy, pudgy looking to more sinewy, veiny looking.
    My exact same experience except I wear a 14. And the rumors about shoe size are not true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1855Cru View Post
    Visibly my feet have gone from puffy, pudgy looking to more sinewy, veiny looking.
    This has been my experience as well. I haven't had a measurement done, but my feet (and ankles) have gotten much leaner looking and my shoes do fit looser now, but not so much that I've experienced any discomfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    Every few years you should have your feet size rechecked. As you age, the tendons in your feet loosen, causing their shape to change. Few people really stay the same size throughout their adult life - although most of them probably think they do, then wonder why their shoes hurt.
    I'm just surprised my foot width is still shrinking despite adding back on weight. The trail runners I bought last year are now too wide for me. As are all my dress shoes.

    Now if the rest of me would just shrink in width too. :-(

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    My feet have changed size (gotten narrower) even though I am up from where I was. RichardGlover seems to be on to something. Getting your foot remeasured is good advice. A few years ago, my Sidi Genius 5s were worn out. They seemed to have gotten a little loose, but since I thought that was just do to stretching over years of hard use, I simply ordered the same size. They turned out to be too large.

    I also wonder if sizing had changed. Is 11 now the old 12? In other words, is a 12 now bigger than a 12 used to be?

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