Enter Sasquatch

It was a well kept secret.

Nobody told me about what would happen to my feet.

Yeah, you know, those things that, prior to the birth of my son used to be a size 8, and are now a size 9 after my daughter.

I had a size 8 foot for many, many years.  I was never informed that pregnancy would cause my feet to both spread and elongate.  For a little while I tried to jam my feet into those 8′s, but barring some drastic measures a la Cinderella’s stepsisters, it wasn’t gonna happen.

When my son was only a few months old I attended a wedding, and it never even entered my mind that I wouldn’t fit into my old heels.  Agonizing hours later, I came to the uneasy conclusion that hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of perfectly good shoes were going to have to be donated.

During the seven years between my son’s and daughter’s births, I managed to build up a fairly sizable selection.

Only to have my hopes dashed again when I tried on my 8.5′s.

So it has been a year or so that I have been devoting to yet another set of shoes that fill all of my needs.

I’m still not finished.

If the shoe industry was smart, they would run ads inspiring women to get pregnant.  Why has nobody pushed this angle before?  Pregnancy equals different shoe size, equals big money for new shoes.  Get on that, shoe industry.  You’re welcome.

7 Responses to “Enter Sasquatch”

  1. Awesomemom June 21, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Mine didn’t get longer but they did get wider. Pretty much the only shoes I like any more are my flipflops. The rest of them I merely tolerate and would happily go barefoot if my feed would not be screaming at the end of a whole day of that.

  2. The gold digger June 21, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I was the beneficiary of my friend’s shoes after her first child was born. Sweet deal for me.

  3. marvel June 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    After the swelling subsided, my feet were the same size as pre-pregnancy. I think my feet were the only anatomical aspect that was not permanently altered by pregnancy. Even my hair hasn’t completely grown back, and none of my clothes fit the way they used to.

  4. lali June 22, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    In my case it is age not pregnancy — in the last 10 years my feet have gone from a 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 (sometimes 8 depending on the style). They have not just gotten longer, but wider too, making finding shoes that fit even more of a chore. Sigh.

  5. La Petite Acadienne June 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I hear you. I had to get rid of SO many beautiful shoes after I had my son, and now my feet are just these wide bear paws, and it’s difficult as heck to find attractive dress shoes to fit them. The only consolation was that some of the shoes were in good enough condition to sell on consignment, so at least I’ll make a TINY bit back to put towards new footwear.

  6. liberty July 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I used to sell shoes (paid my way through college). At least once a month there would be some woman just looking for ‘one pair’ of shoes because she was sure her feet would shrink back.

    I would have to be the person to relay the sad news that it is not at all uncommon to gain a half size. They never wanted to believe me (and who would blame them) but I would see them months later building out a basic shoe wardrobe all over again.

  7. Bronwyn July 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Weird. I am 55 and take the same size shoes as I did when I was 12.