Average female shoes size in the last few decades:
- Beginning of 20th century: UK Size 3.5
- 1940’s-1960’s: UK Size 4
- 1970’s: UK Size 5
- Now: UK Size 6.5
75% of women with large feet often find their size is not available in store.
In 2009, sales for ladies' size 9s increased by 23 per cent, while sales of size sixes rose by 1%
Michael Paynton, British Chiropody and Podiatry Association chairman, said that in his 42 years of practice he’s seen a dramatic change in size of people’s feet. He states that a few decades ago, it would’ve been rare for women to find a size 6 shoe but now it’s the norm.
Negative feelings experienced by women when they cannot find the shoes of their size:
- Frustration - 72%
- Despair - 29%
- Embarrassment - 27%
- Insecurity - 22.5%
Women subsequently buy smaller shoe sizes out of embarrassment, which can result in foot pain and injuries.
There are a number of celebrity women with plus size feet including:
- Miranda Hart: UK Size 8
- Kate Winslet: UK Size 8.5