Are your feet still growing?

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Steve Cragg
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Are your feet still growing?

I have been a UK size ten all my adult life. I walked the Yorkshire three peaks earlier this year and ended up with a black toe nail that eventually dropped off. Time for some new boots!

During a long weekend in the Lakes I popped into Ambleside and got measured up. My right foot is now an eleven and my left foot almost an 11.5

My theory is that all the half marathon training I did earlier in the year has "flattened" my feet out. The assistant said that one of the other staff members is an ultra runner and his feet can increase by four sizes which supports this.

Never heard of this before - is this a real and common effect?

 

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Feet often get bigger as you get older. Or heavier. Harvard Health.

Off to read about the effect of exercise...

I walked the Yorkshire three peaks earlier this year...

Well done.

Jonathan

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I knew I could rely on you Jonathan Smile

Not getting heavier but can't avoid the older thing. That brief synopsis seems to suggest that loosening of the ligaments and tendons is the main cause. This could lead to the arch flattening and hence the length of the foot increasing. Either way I still need bigger boots!

The three peaks was really enjoyable despite the non stop rain from start to finish. Would like to do it again in better weather and might even have a go at running it.

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When I worked as a student making shoes (Vans) for a summer Mr. Van Doren, the owner,  told me that most people wear a size too small, for ever.

And he loved it if people didn't wear socks, as this ruined shoes quicker! 

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If you are considering new walking boots, may I suggest Altberg Ltd of Richmond N Yorks. 

 I have two pairs of motorcycle boots and a pair of Walking boots from them. At between 5 and 20 years old they are still all waterproof and exceptionally comfortable. 

  They will make to fit your feet and don't charge silly prices for the service. Great range too and of course 100 percent British.

 

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Walking boots from them. At between 5 and 20 years old they are still all waterproof and exceptionally comfortable.

My walking (and working) boots would last that long if I could get them reheeled or resoled. The uppers are normally in great condition even though the heels are fully rounded and the tread on the soles is well below minimum legal depth.

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Pete, thanks for the recommendation but have just received a new pair of size 11.5 boots today so sorted thanks. Will check them out though - sounds interesting.

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The three peaks was really enjoyable despite the non stop rain from start to finish. Would like to do it again in better weather and might even have a go at running it.

Go for it. And you do have nominative determinism on your side. :-)

Jonathan

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All Altberg boots can be re soled on the original lasts. http://www.altberg.co.uk

   I did have some velcro come adrift on one 9 year old boot. I asked them to repair it when ordering a new pair. On collection of my new boots they handed back the repaired one, with no charge. I questioned that, on a 9 year old boot. "No charge, it should never have happened". How rare is that?

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Vans  would sell you one shoe if you had only one foot.

They didn't charge for special shoes adapted for disabled buyers..

And they made shoes for clowns, again regular price. When I asked Mr. Van Doren why, as they obviously took a lot longer to make he replied "Michael, you don't rip off clowns '.

Valuable business lesson there, just because you 'can' doesn't mean you 'should'.

(they entered chapter 11 bankruptcy the next year though!)

 

 

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11.5...Do you drive a S3 or a SV?  How do your feet fit in the pedal box?  what do you wear when driving?

I always assumed it was shoes getting smaller as my clothes don`t fit like they used to either...foreign sizes being what they are etc.!