About a month ago, my mom and I went shoe-shopping.
We both noticed something weird. We each bought a couple of pairs of shoes (to be specific, Mom bought me a couple of pairs of shoes), but all the shoes we bought were a half-size smaller than the shoes we usually wore.
We decided that vanity sizing must have finally trickled down to the shoe industry. Why else would a person who usually wore a 7 1/2 wide suddenly only fit into a 7 regular?
I packed away the new shoes (since they were "office shoes") and only pulled them out again when I started my temporary receptionist job.
They didn't fit.
I was able to squeeze my feet into both pairs, but they were ridiculously uncomfortable. I've worn both pairs to work, and both days have ended up, around lunchtime, slipping the shoes off and hiding barefoot behind my desk. (No one can see my feet, and I slip back into the shoes if I ever have to stand up and go anywhere.)
So what's this all about? Why would both my mother and I "shrink" half a shoe size and then grow it back? Is it cyclic or something? (If so, wouldn't I have noticed my size-shifting feet before?)
Or was it just a weird day in the shoe store?