Shopping

Buying shoes in Japan

22 January 2014

I was out yesterday and wandered into a shoe shop. I’m so accustomed to it that I don’t even think about it, but it suddenly occurred to me that it’s actually not very normal…

Did you know Japan sells shoes in a grand total of 4 sizes?

I darted around the shop, surreptitiously taking photos in a manner a ninja would be proud to witness.

All for your viewing pleasure.

shoes-S

shoes-M

shoes-L

shoes-LL

Tough luck if your foot falls outside of these sizes.

Of course there are places that sell shoes by the usual half-size increments la, but those are actually pretty rare for female fashion shoes (as opposed to say, guy shoes or sneakers).

Expensive brands will have the regular sizing, but I don’t shop at those places. $200 for a pair of normal-looking shoes? No way.

My foot is actually in between sizes, so what I have to do is buy the bigger size and then stuff it with shoe sole/padding that I get from Daiso. Sigh. It’s been so long since I had comfortable, nice-fitting shoes :G

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