You’ve been wearing the wrong shoe size this whole time

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

wearing wrong shoe size
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

You’d think, being an adult and all, that you have this whole shoe size thing figured out. Well, sorry guys, but turns out, you don’t.

Much like those pesky bras, it turns out you’ve probably been wearing the wrong shoe size this whole time.

A new study of 2,000 people by the College of Podiatry found that nearly half of women and a third of men were walking around in shoes that are either too big or too small.

We repeat, nearly HALF of women. That’s a whole lot of foot blisters.

Now there is one simple solution: getting your feet measured. We know, we know, it’s a bit of a faff, but if it means avoiding long term foot pain and bunions in the long run, we reckon it’s worth it, non?

Plus, plenty of designer and high street stores now offer wide and slim fits, as well as half sizes, so there’s really no excuse not to get it right.

If the shoe fits…

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.