My right foot is about a half size larger than my left foot. This occasionally causes me problems when sizing winter hiking boots or trail shoes, so I go to great lengths to find shoes that fit right and stockpile multiple pairs, since shoe manufacturers keep changing their shoe models. Still, I am lucky that my feet only differ by a half size and I can use a thicker sock or different lacing techniques to make my smaller foot more secure in a shoe that is a wee bit big for it.
Having one foot that is larger than another is extremely common. The human body does not grow or develop symmetrically – hence we have a stronger hand, a dominant arm, a longer leg, and so on. Even so, you’d figure that some smart shoe manufacturer or footware retailer would be willing to just sell you a right shoe or a left shoe, or let you mix sizes within the same style so you get a perfect fit. Footware marketers take note.
If one of your feet is larger than the other, the “experts” say that you should buy shoes that fit the larger foot. But what about those people whose right and left feet differ by a full size or more? I think there are more people like this out there than we realize.
What about you?
Is one of your feet larger than the other?
How do you buy hiking shoes or adjust shoe fit so you can hike in them?
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