My Small Feet And New Shoes


I know that the majority of people who feel frustrated when it comes to finding sizable and smart-looking clothes are either exceptionally tall or full-figured individuals.

And I can empathize with their frustration because I'm at the other end of the spectrum.

You see, I was born a MUNCHKIN.

When many people first meet me they say something like, “Oh...how small, thin and compact you are. It must be so easy to find clothing to wear. You're so lucky!"

It’s almost as if they’re describing me as either the latest Smartphone or a compact automobile.

And I usually respond, “Oh, you think so?”

I don’t think people realize how challenging it is to be my stature and age and find clothing in my size, which is why I end up having to shop in the Young Men’s department. And do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to walk through the department surrounded by 15 to 18-year olds, while PRETENDING to pick out clothes for a SON that I don't even HAVE?

However, the dead giveaway is when I hold up a pair of pants next to my waist in order to see if the length is suitable.

My brother Tom was witness to this last summer, when I went to Florida and had to buy a bathing suit in the Young Men’s department at Target because all the bathing suits in the Men’s department made me look as though I was swimming INSIDE the bathing suit.

In fact while I was picking out a few bathing suits to try on, my brother was on the phone with mother and jokingly said, “Hey Mom…Ron’s trying on bathing suits from the JUNIOR’S DEPARTMENT.”

Thanks, TOM...x

Okay, now I’m going to share my stats so that you can understand what I mean.

Clothing manufacturers do not make enough clothes for adult men in these sizes.

Age: 57
Weight: 130lbs.
Height: 5’ 7”
Suit: 38
Waist: 29
Inseam: 30
Shoe: 7 ½
Penis: 10 ½ inches.

HA! GOTCHA! I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Moving on…

Please notice my shoe size. Do you have any comprehension as to what it’s like to find that size in a MAN’S shoe?

Next to impossible. It would be so much easier if I were only willing to wear a woman's black pump in a size 9.

I think shoe manufactures make only THREE 7 ½’s, which are immediately purchased the second the shoes hit the sales floor by 15-year old lads, so that by the time I get there they’re GONE.

And the next time you’re in a shoe store, please take a look at the men’s section and notice how limited the 7 1/2-size area is.

There's like 3 pairs of footwear to choose from. One pair of brown loafers, one pair of sneakers with Skulls and Crossbones printed all over them, and one pair of flip-flops.

A few weeks ago I needed to buy a new pair of dress shoes, which gave me that familiar feeling of agita every time I have to look for shoes. And I’m not one of those people who needs to buy a fancy name-brand shoe; I just need a basic but nice-looking black leather dress shoe that’s comfortable.

I normally start with Payless because I like their prices. If I can’t find anything there, I will then try Burlington Coat Factory because they too have shoes that are reasonably priced.

Well, this time I was blessed by the Shoe God’s. I walked into Payless and immediately saw a pair of 7 ½’s sitting right there on the shelf. So I took off my shoes; slipped into the new dress shoes; laced them up; then walked around the floor to see how they felt on my feet.

Alright, I admit it, I didn't just walk around the floor, I walked up and down the floor as if I were a Dolce & Gabbana male model; working a catwalk.

And guess what? The shoes fit PERFECTLY!

And when I looked back on the shelf, I could see that they were the ONLY pair in this style so I GRABBED them!

I felt like yelling, “HA! I beat you to it, you 15-year old lads!”

And when I got home, I took a few pictures so that you could see them for yourself.

Here they are...




Now here's the BEST part...


*doing the HAPPY DANCE in my new munchkin shoes*

62 comments

  1. AkelamaluJuly 01, 2013

    What a shame they only had 1 pair in your size you could have stocked up!

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  2. Well congrats Ronnie! Those are very sharp shoes and appears you got quite a steal! I actually have rather large feet for my tiny little body so I tend to find a different issue. When I wear any kind of shoe with shorts or dresses I look like I am wearing clown shoes! Not an attractive sight at all! Great post Ronnie, hope you have a wonderful week!

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  3. Okay, so my 5" ruler wasn't long enough. Not to worry I had another one. Heehee now that I'm goggle-eyed I will try to comment on the rest of your post.


    I love those shoes, Ron. You were so right to grab them, especially at that price. I'm only a titch, 5'2" and shrinking fast, so I understand the problems you have finding clothes to fit. I can't tell you the amount of times I've backed off from buying because of being eyed by titchy youngsters. I mean, a cardigan is the same whatever your size, but try telling that to the kids ... and manufacturers!


    Great post, as always. Have a great day.

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  4. ROFL. I admit it. I choked on my coffee as I read the stats!

    *ahem* That being said--I'm one of the tall gals who complains about not getting the length I like in slacks....which is why I think I've surrendered the quest to locate them and I've gone to skirts/dresses, even on the 'lazin' around days'. I gave up when I found myself sifting through the boys department hoping to find a pair of Levi's that would work. NOTsomuch doing that twice, tyvm.
    I'm also one of the, thanks to the issue with gluten, thin ones. Too thin, I'm told--and this is after putting some of the weight back on. And I ain't a young thing, so I find myself facing the 'skull and crossbones' ordeal when it comes to 'fashion'. Oh, but there are great sales for folks my size. I just have to weed through the lastest fashions to find something appropriate for me. And we all know how much Mel LOVES to shop. :-/

    I also have the size 10 feet. (I'd look silly with smaller, tall as I am.)
    Less issues with the shoes, actually--but I like my shoes funky. LOL



    You struck gold on the shoes! I'da loved to be a mouse in the corner when you were struttin' your stuff. ;-)

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  5. Rob LenihanJuly 01, 2013

    Hey, Ron, my penis is the same size as yours--if I fold it in half!! (Rimshot!)

    Seriously, dude, I sympathize with your shoe shopping woes. I get so paranoid that I'm going to get shoes that are too small that I wind up getting them too big.

    Nice score at Payless. Shopping is a contact sport, so grab whatever you need before someone else does! Btw, I'd kill to see you do your catwalk strut.

    There's a shoe store in downtown New York called Shoegasm. I don't know if they have what you want, but I thought you'd get a kick out of the name!

    Take care, buddy, and whatever you're wearing, keep on truckin'!

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  6. Ron, this post was funny! I just about fell off my desk chair at your STATS. You got me! I have a similar problem with shoes but opposite. My feet are large and narrow, so I have such a hard time finding the size I need in the style I like. They make them, but they don't make many, so they're usually out by the time I get to the store.


    And by the way, I love Burlington Coat Factory! They have one near my apartment and I'm always stopping in to check out their Home department because they have the best stuff for a great price. Their Bedding and Linen department is great as well.


    Have a wonderful week, Ron. Love your new shoes!

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  7. Good morning Pearl!


    You're right. And for $24.99 I could have bought THREE pairs!


    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear. Have a lovely week!


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  8. Hey Shae!

    SCORE!

    Thank you. They're basic and simple, but I like that because they go with everything I wear for work.

    "I actually have rather large feet for my tiny little body so I tend to find a different issue. When I wear any kind of shoe with shorts or dresses I look like I am wearing clown shoes! Not an attractive sight at all!"



    Yes, I know several other women and men who have shared the same thing. Also, I've seen very TALL people with SMALL feet. So I guess I should be happy that my small feel match my small body - HA!


    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have a FAB week! Gosh, can you believe it's JULY already?


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  9. Gooood morning Valerie!

    "Okay, so my 5" ruler wasn't long enough. Not to worry I had another one."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! CRACKED ME UP!!!!!

    I know, such a great price, right? And I like the shoes because they're simple, stylish, and do with the clothes I wear for work.

    "I'm only a titch, 5'2" and shrinking fast, so I understand the problems you have finding clothes to fit."



    It's funny because being small has it's drawbacks too, doesn't it. And yes, they say we SHRINK as we get older, so that by the time I hit 70, I'll probably have to wear BARBIE doll clothes - HA!!!!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by,dear lady. Have a great day and week!


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  10. Hey there Bijoux!

    "Only I can never find jeans long enough. Hey...our sizes are just about the same, so maybe I need to shop the Young Men's section too!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You're right, and why not? Don't tell anyone this, but I've shopped in the women's department several times and found things like shirts and belts that fit me better than in the men's department, and actually bought them!

    " My husband has a terrible time finding wide shoes. We usually go to Famous Footwear."

    Yes, and I forgot to mention this, but my feet (for as small as they are, are WIDE), so that's another dilemma.

    " Last time he was looking for dress shoes, he had to buy the exact same pair as his last ones because they were the only brown wides......two years later!"

    OMG...I've done the SAME THING! A few years ago I found a great pair of shoes at Payless that fit me perfectly. So the next time I needed a new pair, I just went back and bought the same ones.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful week. Gosh, can you believe it's already July????



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  11. Hey there Rob!

    "Hey, Ron, my penis is the same size as yours--if I fold it in half!! (Rimshot!)"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! That was BRILLIANT, MAN!

    Touche'!!!!!

    " I sympathize with your shoe shopping woes. I get so paranoid that I'm going to get shoes that are too small that I wind up getting them too big."

    It's funny you mentioned that because there have been times when I had to go a size LARGER because they didn't carry my size. So what I did was purchase a pair of THICK insoles that I place inside my shoes to make up for my small foot size. And it worked!

    OMG...I LOVE Payless. And sometimes if you catch them at the right time, you can buy one pair and get the second pair half off.

    "There's a shoe store in downtown New York called Shoegasm."



    OMG...how FLAWLESS! No, I've never heard of them before, but now that you mentioned it I will have to Google it!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Have a fabulous week! Hope all goes well with your back.


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  12. Hola Denise!

    "I have a similar problem with shoes but opposite. My feet are large and narrow, so I have such a hard time finding the size I need in the style I like."

    Yup, I know several women who have the same issue. I forgot to mention this, but my feet (for as small as they are) are WIDE, so I sometimes have a problem with getting 7 1/2's that are too narrow.

    " I love Burlington Coat Factory! They have one near my apartment and I'm always stopping in to check out their Home department because they have the best stuff for a great price. Their Bedding and Linen department is great as well."



    I agree! When they first opened one here in Philly, I was there constantly; buying stuff for my apartment. Their Home department carries a lot of Oriental-type stuff that I love, because much of what I have in my apartment is decorated in that theme.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week as well!


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  13. Hiya Mel!

    "ROFL. I admit it. I choked on my coffee as I read the stats!"

    Tee, hee! Aren't I CRAZY????

    "I'm one of the tall gals who complains about not getting the length I like in slacks....which is why I think I've surrendered the quest to locate them and I've gone to skirts/dresses, even on the 'lazin' around days'."

    Yes, I don't blame you. Hey...maybe I should that! I wonder how I would look in a nice SKIRT? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    "Too thin, I'm told--and this is after putting some of the weight back on."

    Yes, I've had a few people tell me that as well. "You're too thin!" And the funny thing about that is that I eat like a HORSE.

    "I also have the size 10 feet. (I'd look silly with smaller, tall as I am.)Less issues with the shoes, actually--but I like my shoes funky. LOL"



    You GO Funky Mel!!! Hey, you're a size 10? I remember when I had to wear women's shoes in a play I was in (when I played the stepmother in Cinderella) and the costume department got me a pair of black pumps, which I think we're either a size 9 or 10. See, you and I could wear the same shoes - HA!


    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a glorious week!


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  14. Hey there Ronnie,

    How are ya doing? It sounds like you are a happy camper with these spiffy new shoes!! Wonderful find- yipee!!!
    I totally understand your problem but not with shoes for me but (like you) for clothes. Especially pants that are tailored for. short legs or proportioned for smaller women . I have one store where I buy my pants because they have SHORT models; I am someone who ALWAYS had to hem up pants or jeans because they were too long for me!
    Payless is an inexpensive shoe store- I remember it! I remember going past the Burlington coat factory store downtown.Do you scout reguarlly for shoes?
    I might be nice to make it a regular type of "treasure hunt", so you can stock a few types away.
    Have a great Monday and enjoy your day, sweetie!
    xox

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  15. Bonjour Barb!

    " It sounds like you are a happy camper with these spiffy new shoes!! Wonderful find- yipee!!!"

    Yipeeeeeeee indeed!!!!! Yes, VERY happy camper.

    " I am someone who ALWAYS had to hem up pants or jeans because they were too long for me!"

    OMG...me too, Barb!!!! And do you know what I used to hem them (because I don't know how to sew a hem)?

    I use STITCH WITCHERY! It that's TAPE stuff you apply on the hem and then you IRON it on. It works great at first, but then after you wash the pants a few times, it's comes undone :(

    " I remember going past the Burlington coat factory store downtown.Do you scout reguarlly for shoes?"

    Yes, you're right...it's downtown on Market Street. I don't go there regularly as much as I use to because that area of town is kinda ROUGH (The Gallery). But I will go if Payless doesn't have what I need.

    Thanks for stopping by, Barb. Have GREAT and week!

    X to you and D!

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  16. "Penis: 10 ½ inches."


    Ron, you BRAGGER!


    That was hysterical, dude!


    I have the opposite problem. My feet are like a surfboard (13's). And they're also very wide. I found a shoe store where I live that primarily caters to larger sizes. And what amazes me is that there a guys who have bigger feet than mine!


    Nice looking shoes you got there. And a great price!

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  17. Hiya Matt!

    "Ron, you BRAGGER!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah...and such an exaggerator as well!!!

    Wow....13's?!?!?!?! I fit almost two of my tiny feet inside your shoes!

    Although, I work with a woman who has a son that has size 16!!!! Now granted, the kid is VERY tall (over 6' 4").

    Thanks, I was so lucky to nab these shoes. And yes, great price!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud. Have a super week!

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  18. Yes, you got me, you crazy thing!
    I just love when I find something perfect for me that's usually difficult to come across...doing the happy dance with you!

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  19. "Yes, you got me, you crazy thing!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I just couldn't resist slipping that in!!!!

    "I just love when I find something perfect for me that's usually difficult to come across...doing the happy dance with you!"

    Isn't that the best?

    *doing the happy dance*

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a super Monday and week!

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  20. First of all, the term is "vertically challenged." I know because I'm 5'3" without shoes. And I shop Payless Shoes a lot! Entrepreneur's shoe size is an 8, so he's sort of right there with you. He buys multiple pairs of shoes when he finds ones that fit well. I just buy multiple pairs regardless............... :-)

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  21. "Damn. I take morning dumps that weigh more than you do."

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha!

    Mark, that cracked me the hell up!!!!!

    "And I can sort-of relate, because I sometimes shop in the young men's section, too. Only in my case, it's because I like their clothing styles better. Let's just say I've never been a fashion fuddy-duddy."

    Exactly, so I understand. And ALSO, the clothing in young men's department is usually cheaper :)

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X to you and Tara!

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  22. Hey there Meleah!

    Tee, hee! And it's true...I sneak around while acting like I'm buying clothes for my SON, isn't that silly?


    I mean like who cares, anyway?

    "Also, I have a similar problem and usually find myself in the children's section for clothing. *sigh*"

    You TOO?!?!? And one of the great things about buying clothes in the children's section is that the clothes are SO MUCH cheaper! I can find a pair of jeans for like $14.00, so I end up buying TWO pairs for the price of an ADULT size.

    SCORED!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a SUPA' week!

    ((((((( You ))))))

    X

    P.S. and doesn't this heat and humidity SUCK?

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  23. They really ARE cheaper ­ screw being embarrassed!

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  24. So I looked up the US 7.5 and it's a UK 5. I have to admit that it is very small. I take a 4 and everyone laughs at my tiny feet. Mo is a 5, so the same size as you.

    However, I know just what it's like having to buy clothes in the children's department. I often had to do that when I was younger. Now I have to buy adult sizes and cut several inches off the length!

    I feel your pain :)


    10.5 inches??????

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  25. Have I told you how much I love you and your blog?

    I think you and and my Dad are the same size. (Well, I hope to never know about that last measurement!) But he has always been weirdly proud of his small, delicate feet. I kid you not. He thinks it's a sign of refinement. And I inherited my paternal family's smallness. But I like to think of it as being travel-sized. See? It's a positive! I'm not quite 5'4" and weigh in at a whopping 100 pounds. I have bird bones. So I also have to shop in the Junior's section and try to find age-appropriate clothes. Just me and the 15 year olds. In the women's section, the smallest size is way too big. I've found an online companies who sell women's dress pants in 0, so that's where I get those. I also bought several size 2 skirts and took them to a tailor to be taken in. It's really, really frustrating - if I'm lucky the sale rack of dresses might have a single thing in my size. Don't even get me started on bra shopping - by my measurements, I need a 29 C but do you think that exists? No! I have to get a 32 C and fasten it on the tightest set of hooks. (I'd apologize for the TMI, but that doesn't seem to be an issue on this blog!)


    I wear a 6 in dress shoes and sandals (I get a 6 1/2 in sneakers because I don't want more room when I run). 6 is generally the smallest size available and it's often the display size so I sometimes can find shoes. But many time, I'll look through all the boxes and not any 6's.



    So I can't tell you how odd it is to have kids who dwarf me at 5'11" and 6'. They both wear size 11 shoes. They got their Dad's height, not mine!


    Sweet deal on those shoes - very nice!!

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  26. Hiya Babs!

    "So I looked up the US 7.5 and it's a UK 5. I have to admit that it is very small. I take a 4 and everyone laughs at my tiny feet. Mo is a 5, so the same size as you."

    Tiny feet we have, hu???

    And thank you so much sharing the size conversion because it brought back memories of when I was living in Amsterdam one summer and seeing a conversion chart on the wall in their clothing stores. And I think it's awesome that they do that for their customers because we here in the States, do not.

    "However, I know just what it's like having to buy clothes in the children's department. I often had to do that when I was younger. Now I have to buy adult sizes and cut several inches off the length!"

    See, us TINY people have the same frustrations as TALLER and BIGGER people. I tell you, I literally can't buy anything in a normal mans's size because either the waist too big or the length is too long. However, I will admit, I save a fortune buying clothes in the Young Men's department because their clothes are so much cheaper.

    "10.5 inches??????"



    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! NOT.


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend! Have a wonderful week!


    X to you and Mo!

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  27. Hey there Secret Agent Woman~

    Aw....thank you.

    ((((( You )))))

    And I love YOU and YOUR blog too! I am sooo happy that we met. We're like Libra kindred spirits. I can't get over how many Libra's I blog with!

    "But he has always been weirdly proud of his small, delicate feet. I kid you not. He thinks it's a sign of refinement."

    Yup...that's how the Japanese see it as well. Refinement. I lived in Japan for a summer and it was so interesting to see everyone TINY like me - HA! I think I saw ONE tall Japanese person the whole time I was there.

    "And I inherited my paternal family's smallness. But I like to think of it as being travel-sized. See? It's a positive!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHA! I love that...TRAVEL-SIZED!!!!

    "No! I have to get a 32 C and fasten it on the tightest set of hooks. (I'd apologize for the TMI, but that doesn't seem to be an issue on this blog!)"

    OMG...you crack me up! And hell no, you don't ever have to apologize for TMI on this blog because look at how MUCH TMI I share!

    "So I can't tell you how odd it is to have kids who dwarf me at 5'11" and 6'. They both wear size 11 shoes. They got their Dad's height, not mine!"



    WOW...11's?!?!


    It's funny because both sides of my family are rather small people, so my brother and I both came out compact. He's 5' 9" and as I shared, I'm 5' 7". I took after my grandfather.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a fantabulous week!


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  28. "It’s almost as if they’re describing me as either the latest Smartphone or a compact automobile. "

    Ron, that was hysterical, man! How do you come up with this stuff? You're style of writing so unique. And wow...you're waist is only 29? Boy, I wish. Do you EAT anything?

    My problem with finding clothing is that I don't like how baggy they they make a lot of men's clothes. I don't want my clothes to feel tight, but a lot of the pant styles they have for guys are pleated and they look all bunchy at the waist. I also like my shirts tailored rather that regular. Shoes, I don't have a problem with because my size is very average (9 1/2- 10).


    I like ones you got at Payless. And how can you beat that price?

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  29. Hey there Robert!

    "How do you come up with this stuff?"

    I swear to god, that's EXACTLY what it sounds like to me. Like Smartphone or a compact car - HA!

    Yes, I do eat. And if you could see HOW MUCH I eat you would die. I eat constantly. I normally eat a lot of small meals throughout the day. But sometimes I can sit down and eat ONE HUGE meal too. I'm always hungry.

    But honestly, it's not like I have to TRY and keep my waist small because it's just naturally been that way my whole life. My metabolism is high, so I think I just burn it off.

    "I don't like how baggy they they make a lot of men's clothes. I don't want my clothes to feel tight, but a lot of the pant styles they have for guys are pleated and they look all bunchy at the waist."



    I know exactly what you mean because being as small as I am, that pleated pant style looks horrible on me. Finding the right pants is probably harder for me than even finding shoes.


    Yes, I too prefer a 'tailored or slim fit' in my shirts. It looks so much neater.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER week!


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  30. booyah! those shoes are tight ron. i like them VERY much. now i need to see you all dressed up. love a dressed man.

    anyhoo, i know how you feel about not finding things in your size. i think you have to stalk the payless truck on delivery day to get what you want. that's the only way i can find items if they've just come in and then i do buy more than one pair in a different color because i will never find anything to fit my feet - size 11. i can wear some 10s and 10.5s if i can FIND them.

    my body is weird. i have long arms so finding suits or shirts is not always fun. i understand why you shop in the juniors department. hey, so what. get what you can wear. i do shop in the men's department for some of my sweat pants and shirts. i just get an extra small.

    okay i want a photo of you in those shoes now.

    hey i saw a man this past weekend and the tips of his shoes were curled and pointed up like a darn leprechaun. what was that about. so horrible. i wanted to beat him and scream "no!" he's not the first male i've seen with those curled toe shoes. horrible. i like yours very much. classy, practical and stylish.

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  31. Thanks, V Girl! OMG...I got SO lucky with these shoes because not only did the fit, but the price was faaaaaaabulous!

    " i think you have to stalk the payless truck on delivery day to get what you want."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! You're right! I should find out when they have deliveries and stand outside and just BUY them off the truck like they do in Chinatown in NYC!!!!

    "i do shop in the men's department for some of my sweat pants and shirts. i just get an extra small."

    Yes, believe it not, I've also bought things in the WOMEN's department because of how much smaller and tailored they are - especially shirts and belts. Pants I can't do because of the difference in men's hips and women's hips.

    "Hey i saw a man this past weekend and the tips of his shoes were curled and pointed up like a darn leprechaun. what was that about. so horrible. i wanted to beat him and scream "no!"

    OMG...thank you, thank you, thank you for mentioning those shoes because I work with a guy WHO WEARS THOSE and I just wanna scream every time I see them. They look like shoes that ALADDIN should be wearing - HA!

    Plus they're so POINTY they look as though the shoes pinch his toes!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Hope you had a marvi Monday!

    Have a super week!

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  32. Herman TurnipJuly 01, 2013

    Believe me, I feel your pain. I find it nearly impossible to find good looking shoes in EE size. I blame my wide feet on my dad. It's because of this condition that I can't fit into some of the nicer European shoes. I'm cursed, I tells ya! Heh...

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  33. Hey Herman!

    Yup...wide feet can be a challenge as well. In fact my feet, even though they're small, are wide-ish. So I know what you mean.

    "It's because of this condition that I can't fit into some of the nicer European shoes."

    Exactly! So many European shoes are cut narrow in their style.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had a terrific Monday! Have a super week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  34. P.S. hope you found a camera!!!

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  35. I know exactly what you mean Ron. I'm 47 years old, I'm just over six feet tall, but I've weighed between 10 and 11 stone for thirty years. My main problem is jeans (or possibly genes) - any that fit my leg length - usually 34"waist - are too big in the waist, and continually fall down, meaning I have to cinch my belt up so tight it cuts me in half. However, if I buy just one size smaller - 32" waist - I get my circulation cut off to my lower body and have to undo my waistband.
    Bring on the 33" (and other odd numbered waist sizes) for us awkward sizes.

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  36. Hey there Dale!

    " However, if I buy just one size smaller - 32" waist - I get my circulation cut off to my lower body and have to undo my waistband."

    YIKES!

    These clothing companies need to make 'in between sizes' for those of us who are not your average-size person.

    "Bring on the 33" (and other odd numbered waist sizes) for us awkward sizes."

    AMEN!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Have a TERRIFIC week!

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  37. You are so funny! And I can totally picture your brother doing that. Such sibling behavior. I can't believe there isn't a larger market for your size(s). I would think that it's such a niche, someone would make a killing.
    My sister has baby feet, too and she needs to shop in kids. I invited her to a wedding and she'll probably show up wearing Mary Jane's with glitter and light up soles.
    Love the new shoes! SCORE!

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  38. Hey Chrissy Girl!

    I just this SECOND finished leaving a comment on YOUR blog!!!

    " I can't believe there isn't a larger market for your size(s). I would think that it's such a niche, someone would make a killing."

    THANK YOU!!! I agree! Hey, if you and I don't into the pageant business, maybe we could start our own line of 'small clothes' - we could call it, "Munchkins"

    HA!

    "I invited her to a wedding and she'll probably show up wearing Mary Jane's with glitter and light up soles."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! HILARIOUS!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have a FABU week!

    X

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  39. Congrats on snagging a BARGAIN, Ron! I know how hard it is to find men's clothing in your size because my son Domer has part of your problem (he's thin, too, but tall and lanky). Finding pants with a 31-inch waist is next to impossible -- had the same problem with his daddy before him! I can imagine how hard it is to find a size 29!
    My poor mom has the same problem -- she doesn't want to shop in the Junior department, but she's just TINY. Why, oh why, do manufacturers equate small-boned with childlike -- that's not the same thing at all!
    You're wise to grab those 7 1/2 shoes when you saw them!!

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  40. Ron, I wish I had YOUR metabolism. I eat one potato chip and it goes right to my belly. I have a friend like you who can eat anything and he stays the same weight. I hear that the best way to eat is like you, small amounts spread throughout the day.

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  41. "I hear that the best way to eat is like you, small amounts spread throughout the day."


    Yes, I've heard the same thing. But honestly, it's easy for me because that's something I've always done naturally. When I'm at work, every couple of hours I eat something like an apple, a granola bar or a pack of peanut butter crackers. I always have to be MUCHIN' on something. Also, I'm ALWAYS hungry in the morning. I usually eat a bowl of cereal with a banana in it.


    LOVE it!

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  42. Helloooooooooooo Debbie!

    Thank you, dear lady! I feel so lucky that a SCORED!

    "my son Domer has part of your problem (he's thin, too, but tall and lanky). Finding pants with a 31-inch waist is next to impossible -- had the same problem with his daddy before him! I can imagine how hard it is to find a size 29!"

    Yes, it seems that either short people or very tall people can't find clothing if their waist and inseam don't match traditional sizing. OMG...it's so hard to find a man's pant with a 29 inch waist. That's why I have to shop in the Young Men's department.

    "Why, oh why, do manufacturers equate small-boned with childlike -- that's not the same thing at all!"



    Exactly!


    Thanks for stopping by, Debbie. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday celebration with your sister!


    Have a super week!
    X

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  43. Aw, I pity you in your quest for shoes and clothes. I have to admit that I don't often think men have this problem because women have been dealing with this since puberty. I feel for ya. Also, this post made me laugh like a hyena ,and I needed that. Thank you!

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  44. Hey Kathy!!!!!

    " I have to admit that I don't often think men have this problem because women have been dealing with this since puberty. I feel for ya."

    Yes, you're right...you don't often think or hear about men having this problem because it's usually women.

    But OMG...there are us "muchkin guys" and "tall guys" who contend with this, yes.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. I've been thinking about you and sending thoughts and love your way.

    ((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))))

    Hope you're having a great week and enjoying this god-awful heat and humidity as much as I am - UGH!

    X

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  45. Dianne WilsonJuly 03, 2013

    those are some snazzy shoes!
    I need to schlep thru the plus size departments looking for things that don't resemble tents or kitchen curtains from the 50s
    I wear a size 9, if we lived closer we could share shoes since most of mine are masculine looking

    hugs from me and Hope

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  46. Hey there Lady Dianne!

    Thank you. I'm so HAPPY with them!

    "I need to schlep thru the plus size departments looking for things that don't resemble tents or kitchen curtains from the 50s."

    Bwhahahahahahaha! OMG...that made me HOWL! You are too damn funny, woman!!!

    "I wear a size 9, if we lived closer we could share shoes since most of mine are masculine looking"

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

    I love you!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're having a great week!

    X and hugs back to you and Hope!

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  47. I too' suffer when it comes to buying clothes. Not with your malady but at the other end of the ruler. When I go into buy pants the clerk always says oh you have to go the Omar the Tent Maker for help. My shoes have to be 3E and be big enough to hold two of every kind of animal. My boxers can be a sail on a large schooner. I too know how hard it is to go into any store and find the correct size for anything that will hang on these limbs. Stats:
    Height: 5:11
    Weight 280
    Waist 48
    Length 30
    Penis: 1.5


    Yes I am built like a moose but hung like a mouse.


    Happy Fourth!!


    Freddie Firecracker

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  48. "Penis: 1.5

    Yes I am built like a moose but hung like a mouse."

    Bwhahahahahahahhahahahaha!
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Dave, I have TEARS rolling down my face from laughing so hard!!

    I think that is the most HYSTERICAL thing I have EVER read!!

    Bwhahahahahahahhaha!

    Thank you. HILARIOUS comment!!!!!!!

    Happy Fourth to you too, buddy! Hope you're enjoying a super week!

    X

    P.S. I'm STILL laughing!

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  49. Not yet Ron, but I'm going try hitting the stores this weekend to see if I can catch a 4th of July sale!

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  50. Way to go, Matt! Great idea!


    Have a Happy 4th!

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  51. Oh,my,gawd, Ron, I was giggling so hard at your post, not because I think it's funny you are having such a difficult time finding clothes/shoes, but because you write about it with such humor!!

    I feel your pain. I too have such trouble finding clothes and shoes. Shoes because my feet are the most common size, an eight. But nothing else is common or average on me. I'm almost 5'9" and I only weight about 118 lbs. I'm about a size 0 or 1 and I need about a 34" length. That's like asking for gold. If I do find that length, I can never find them small enough in the waist or hips (because I don't have a waist or hips--I'm a stick with boobs). It really sucks.

    I think the reason we "skinny" people have such a tough time finding clothes is because clothing isn't designed for us, we aren't "average". And tall people have an even tougher time. The average man's height is 5'8" and the average woman is 5'4" (or so I read). Well I'm a friggin giant, if that's the case. A giant who can't find clothes. ;)

    Oh, I do shop in the little girls department. I can fit into a 12 or 14. I have to wear the pants as capri's but at least I can find something. And I have to ignore the dirty looks I get when I'm in there holding the pants up to myself or in the dressing room. Sheesh. Like it's my fault I was born tall and thin or that I have a speedy Gonzales metabolism.

    Anyway, I love your shoes!! Classy. They will even go well with a nice pair of jeans...if you can find a pair that fits. Do they make them large enough to accommodate your package? hee hee ;)

    Fun post!!

    Have a very happy and safe Fourth of July!!

    ((HUGS))

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  52. Helloooooo Pam!

    Thank you, my PA friend. Glad you had a giggle. I had fun
    putting this post together.

    “I'm about a size 0 or 1 and I need about a 34" length. That's like asking for gold. If I do find that length, I can never find them small enough in the waist or hips (because I don't have a waist or hips--I'm a stick with boobs). It really sucks.”

    See, that’s the thing! These clothing manufacturers never take into consideration that just because someone is a
    certain height, that their body weight will match their height, but that’s not always the case. Almost as if everyone who is TALL is supposedly a certain weight.

    “I think the reason we "skinny" people have such a tough time finding clothes is because clothing isn't designed for us, we aren't "average". And tall people have an even tougher time.”

    Iagree!

    “The average man's height is 5'8" and the average woman is
    5'4" (or so I read).”

    Thank you for sharing that because I never knew. I just assumed the average height for a man would be MUCH taller. Very interesting.

    “I can fit into a 12 or 14. I have to wear
    the pants as capri's but at least I can find something.”

    Ooooo….fabulous! I actually love the look of capri pants! They always remind me of Laura Petre in The Dick Van Dyke Show!!! Mary Tyler Moore looked awesome in carpri’s!

    Thank you and yes...I HAVE worn these shoes with jeans as well. I'm one of those guys who like the look of jeans with dress shoes.

    "Do they make them large enough to accommodate your package? hee hee ;)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No...damn it. Can you BELIEVE that???

    Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by, Pam. Have an AWESOME and SAFE 4th of July!!!!!

    (((((((( You ))))))))

    X

    P.S. I will be posting all the photos that were sent in on Friday. Can't wait to publish them!!!!

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  53. Happy 4th of July, Ron!

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  54. You too, girl!


    Thanks for stopping by today!
    X

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  55. "I don’t think people realize how challenging it is to be my stature and age and find clothing in my size, which is why I end up having to shop in the Young Men’s department. And do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to walk through the department surrounded by 15 to 18-year olds, while PRETENDING to pick out clothes for a SON that I don't even HAVE? "

    I just choked on my coffee, laughing so hard!

    Also, I have a similar problem and usually find myself in the children's section for clothing. *sigh*


    You totally SCORED with the new shoes, Ron!! WINNING!

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  56. Mark PetruskaJuly 07, 2013

    Damn. I take morning dumps that weigh more than you do.


    LOL. I kid! And I can sort-of relate, because I sometimes shop in the young men's section, too. Only in my case, it's because I like their clothing styles better. Let's just say I've never been a fashion fuddy-duddy.


    Love the shoes, btw. Good choice!

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  57. "First of all, the term is "vertically challenged." I know because I'm 5'3" without shoes. "

    Lisa, I LOVE IT....."vertically challenged"....that's BRILLIANT!!

    And don't ya just love Payless?

    " Entrepreneur's shoe size is an 8, so he's sort of right there with you. He buys multiple pairs of shoes when he finds ones that fit well. I just buy multiple pairs regardless............... :-)"

    Great idea! And I may do that the next time I find a pair in Payless because at the prices they offer, it's still cheaper than buying a pair of shoes sold at a store like, Florsheim.

    Hey, and it's great to hear that other guys have the same challenge as me. I can sometimes go into an '8' depending on the cut of shoe.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a super Monday and week!

    X

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  58. Oh, I feel your pain, Ron. Only I can never find jeans long enough. Hey...our sizes are just about the same, so maybe I need to shop the Young Men's section too!

    That is such a pain about the shoes. I don't think I've ever seen men's shoes smaller than a size 8! My husband has a terrible time finding wide shoes. We usually go to Famous Footwear. Last time he was looking for dress shoes, he had to buy the exact same pair as his last ones because they were the only brown wides......two years later!

    Good luck with your 'protection' purchases, Ron.........bahahaha!

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  59. Would you be willing to make a plaster cast of ... oh, never mind! Ha!


    Shoes are usually not a problem with me. I'm an 8 - 8 1/2. Sometimes, depending on the style I need a wide but can usually find something that fits and feels good. Clothes, on the other hand... gah!! I've been up and down with my weight over so many years that it's crazy how many sizes I've been. The main issue for me is pants. I'm short... only about 5'4" (and maybe even shrinking a bit with some bone issues, sadly) but my hips and waist are wide so if they fit my waist, the legs are baggy, etc. Recently, having lost a bit of weight, I've needed to buy some new clothes and I am half out of my mind with all the styles and how one size fits here but not there. I finally got into a 12, yay, but US Polo Assoc. apparently doesn't offer their jeans in short. They fit everywhere but are too long and will have to be hemmed. Generally, I don't want to deal with going to a dry cleaner and paying extra for alterations after already spending time and money finding a piece of clothing, but the jeans were FREE because of a clearance sale and credit we had.. so I will pay for them to be shortened!
    Ooh, speaking of Payless... I have an old friend who works for our local store so I wander in from time to time and usually manage to find something decent. On a recent visit a pair of wedges I wanted was on clearance and out of stock locally but she found a store they were available in and gave me a $4 coupon to make the drive over. I got them for $6. Can you even believe it!!?? Six bucks!


    Your new shoes are FABULOUS! The color, style and price are all just perfect. Good for you, great score! You better be very careful with them though. Don't go strutting around too much and scuff them all up. While Payless has a decent variety at times and run good sales, their shoes don't last long. I can't get more than a season or two out of some sandals I've bought. Nothing is made to last very long though. *sigh*

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  60. "Would you be willing to make a plaster cast of ... oh, never mind! Ha!:

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! Mary, that was HILARIOUS!!!!!

    "The main issue for me is pants."

    YES! Isn't finding pants the PITS??? That's my main problem as well. OMG...I DREAD having to find pants. Shirts, I'm fine with because I always buy them in the BOY'S department and can find a size 20.

    "On a recent visit a pair of wedges I wanted was on clearance and out of stock locally but she found a store they were available in and gave me a $4 coupon to make the drive over. I got them for $6. Can you even believe it!!?? Six bucks!"

    You GO, girl!!!!

    Yaaaaaaaay! Don't you freaking LOVE Payless???? I once got a pair of sneakers that were originally $30.00 for $15.00 - half off! Of course, that was towards the end of the summer, but who cares, right? I wear sneakers all winter, up until the first snowfall.

    "While Payless has a decent variety at times and run good sales, their shoes don't last long. I can't get more than a season or two out of some sandals I've bought. Nothing is made to last very long though. *sigh*"

    Exactly! Even name-brand clothing doesn't last long anymore. OMG..the buttons pop off and the hems fall after washing them the first time - HA!

    I can usually get a whole season out of my Payless dress shoes. And I wear them EVERYDAY for work.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    X

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