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Marissa Mae
10-03-2006, 04:28 PM
This is a silly question, but if you are wearing pumps with no straps, do the heels of your feet slip out the backs sometimes, or do your toes hold the shoe on your foot? I ask because I have never worn a proper pump, and seeing as how there are no straps over the top of your feet, they could slip out :o Especially with stockings on :happy:

Can anyone help me become smarter? haah

Katrina
10-03-2006, 04:41 PM
Do you mean mules? I have several pairs and they do not come flying off unless you specifically fling them. I guess that my toes adjust slightly to keep them on.

Ellie
10-03-2006, 04:47 PM
I've had this happen a few times. The worst is when you heel comes out and then as you take the next step it lands off center, crushing the side of the shoe and twisting your ankle. I have found that getting the proper length is the key. A pump will feel tight on the heel when first put on but after wearing it a while the front stretches out, your foot slides down, and the heel cup becomes looser. If you start out even a half size to large then after a while your heel may slip out with just about every step. I've also had to get used to not standing and walking on my toes while wearing pumps, gotta keep the heel in the shoe at all times (except when going up stairs).

Joyce1702
10-03-2006, 04:49 PM
I have a pair of red heels that I bought in Wide instead of Medium and those are the only shoes I have a problem walking out of. I've stuffed tissues into the toe to force my heel back tighter in the shoe.

Joyce

Marissa Mae
10-03-2006, 04:54 PM
So if I wear a size 11.5 in mens, what size pump should I get to be fitted correctly and avoid it slipping? I am thinking 13 should be about right then?

Paula Thomas
10-03-2006, 04:59 PM
Katrina - I believe Callie means pumps, e.g., http://www.nextag.com/pump-shoe/search-html and not mules, e.g., http://www.nextag.com/mule-shoe/search-html

Pumps are more like the standard men's loafer, e.g., http://www.nextag.com/loafer-shoe/search-html

If your heel does not fit snugly into the concave part at the back of the shoe (pumps or loafers), when you lift your leg your heel slips out, and when you step down, the heal may crush the back of the shoe.

With mules, the heel comes up (away from the sole), but there is no back to the shoe to crush when the heel comes back down.

In the typical mens' lace-up shoe or women's strapped shoe, the laces/strap(s) can be tightened to keep the heel snugly in the concave part at the back of the shoe.

SherriePall
10-03-2006, 05:22 PM
Callie -- I had it happen the last time I was out. My left shoe felt like it was falling off. I compensated by taking smaller steps. And later stuffed tissue in the toe. As for sizes, the rule of thumb is about 1 1/2 sizes larger than your male size. However, I wear a men's 9 1/2 and a women's 9 1/2 or 10 depending on the style.

KarenSusan
10-03-2006, 05:37 PM
So if I wear a size 11.5 in mens, what size pump should I get to be fitted correctly and avoid it slipping? I am thinking 13 should be about right then?

I think you really should try them on. I'm lucky I have small feet so that a woman's size 10 usually fits but I bought, by mail order, a really cute pair of size 10 that are small. I would cripple myself if I tried to walk any distance.

melissaabom
10-03-2006, 05:44 PM
Hi

I surely have a -problem with my left shoe being loose ..especially with stockings on ..it seems my left foot is smaller than my right foot .

I can be very frustrating when walking in pumps ..they are of course a
small insert when goes on the heel of the foot to help shoes from slipping
off ..it sometimes works .

Any one else have a problem with womans shoes .
I do lov womans shoes , but the fit can be very difficult

Melissa

Christina Nicole
10-03-2006, 06:03 PM
You can get small foam inserts that sit in the bottom of the toe box. They help a slightly larger pump fit better. Most ladies shoe depts have them.

Warm regards,
Christina Nicole

Jodi
10-03-2006, 06:33 PM
The answer is quite simple. You go to Walmart, K-mart or any drug store and go to the foot care section. The item you want are called heel liners. These are sponge grippers that fit inside the back of the pump. The other method is to use toe pads in the toe area of your shoe. These help to shift your foot back against the back of the shoe. These are also available where the heel grips are found.

My left foot is slightly bigger than my right. So, I buy my pumps to fit my left foot and build out the right shoe so it does not slip. I learned to do this years ago from the manager of the Ninewest store where I shop. Each time I shop, she automatically puts about a half dozen pairs of grips and toe pads in the shoe box. THis gives me extras for other shoes.

No reason to live with a slipping shoe. Can be corrected easily.

Jodi

EricaCD
10-03-2006, 08:04 PM
Definitely happens to me now and then. It's funny because you can't really tell until you REALLY take the shoes out for a walk - not the usual 10 steps a guy takes in a shoe store. And you have to try them in stocking feet, because your feet will be a bit more slippery.

Basically, I have found that many fem shoes, even in correct size for me, just don't stay on. I can either try heel liners or toe grippers - sometimes those help. Sometimes I just need to go down half a size or even a full size for the shoe to "hold" properly.

Nowadays I make sure to buy shoes at stores (like Zappos) with liberal return policies. And I really DO try them out before saying they fit. At this point I wind up returning (or just not wearing) about 1/2 the shoes I purchase, and in most cases it has to do with either fit or slippage. So to some extent I guess we just have to live with the fact that fem sizing is an imperfect science when coupled with CD feet :)

Erica

DAVIDA
10-03-2006, 09:12 PM
I agree with Erica and Jodi.:thumbsup:

sissystephanie
10-03-2006, 10:12 PM
Jodi and Erica have the right answers, and some good advice about using the inserts. As one of them said, wear stockings or at least knee highs to try the shoes on. otherwise you will not get the correct fit. Remember, all womens shoes are made on a "last" which is narrower than that used for a mans shoe. Also, European sizes don't correspond exactly with ours. Example, I wear a size 10 in womens, which should be (I believe) a 41 in European size. Not always the case! But heel liners and toe pads can usually correct the problem.
Fem shoes are greeeeeaaatt!


Sissy

More Girl than man

Clare
10-04-2006, 03:32 AM
..... do GG's suffer this problem in silence? I've rarely heard a complaint about this issue from women I know.

Khriss
10-04-2006, 03:45 AM
The answer is quite simple. You go to Walmart, K-mart or any drug store and go to the foot care section. The item you want are called heel liners. These are sponge grippers that fit inside the back of the pump. The other method is to use toe pads in the toe area of your shoe. These help to shift your foot back against the back of the shoe. These are also available where the heel grips are found.

My left foot is slightly bigger than my right. So, I buy my pumps to fit my left foot and build out the right shoe so it does not slip. I learned to do this years ago from the manager of the Ninewest store where I shop. Each time I shop, she automatically puts about a half dozen pairs of grips and toe pads in the shoe box. THis gives me extras for other shoes.

No reason to live with a slipping shoe. Can be corrected easily.

Jodi
true ..and Dr Sholes (sic?) has made a product for many years called "moleskin" that might help.. "K"

Lisa Golightly
10-04-2006, 03:53 AM
Only happens when I've had to walk across soaking wet grassand the heels sink in. Yuck! Soaking grass and squidgy mud.

Sounds like your shoes are too big. Get some heel grips if you don't want to lose the shoes.

Monica Elena
10-04-2006, 04:02 AM
That only happen to me with very high heeled mules.
With the rest of my shoes no problem.

Khriss
10-04-2006, 04:38 AM
..only here.. would the term "mule" make any sense ...other than a "femme" referance elsewhere ?

my bad or observation eh ? hehe ???:eek: :D xx"K"

Carole
10-04-2006, 04:44 AM
Have a look at the paylessshoesource site they have a printable foot sizing guide so you can check your femme size in US sizes

Sophia Rearen
10-04-2006, 08:03 AM
..... do GG's suffer this problem in silence? I've rarely heard a complaint about this issue from women I know.



My sister in law told me to stay clear of pumps for this reason. "Unless you want to drop some big bucks on jimmy choos", she added.

AnnaMaria
10-04-2006, 08:28 AM
Thus far I have not had any problem with any of my strapless heels coming off when I walk. But I should add that all of my heels have been tried on before I baught them to insure that they fit properly. the problem is that with an open toe shoe like most strappless heels are I wear a smaller size than I do with a closed toe shoe. Add to that the fact that I have really narrow feet which makes it easier for me to wear women's styles and I am set.

I do have to agree though that the only way you are going to know for sure if a pair of heels really fits properly is to wear them and walk in them. If you are going to order them from an online source make sure that the company has a good return policy and then wear them for an hour or so just around the house so that you don't put any wear marks on the sole and see how they feel. That should prevent any sizing issues from comming up when you are out and about.

As for actual sizing that is hit or miss as with most women's sizeing in the fashion world. Every company has a little different standard to go by. For instance I baught a pair of sandles from Payless a couple of years ago in a size 13 because that is what their size chart said I wear and guess what I can't wear them because they are :mad: way!!!!!!! to big for me but at the same time I baught a pair of black flat ballet type closed toe slip-ons that fit just fine and in fact if I wear a pair of socks that are to thick they are a little tight on my feet.

:D Welcome to the fashion world love. It's part of being a girl so get use to it.

Anna

Penny
10-04-2006, 08:29 AM
So if I wear a size 11.5 in mens, what size pump should I get to be fitted correctly and avoid it slipping? I am thinking 13 should be about right then?
You should get a size 10 and then the shoe won't fall plus even though your feet will hurt, they will hurt anyway so what's the difference! (lol) Now you
know how come all the jokes about women buying a smaller size!!!!!!!!:heehee:

Marissa Mae
10-04-2006, 03:20 PM
Thanks for all of your responses! I am glad I am not the only one that is thinking about this! :o I believe my next course of action is to buy a pair, and if they don't fit quite right, send em back for a smaller size! Or maybe I will just wear boots :D

What do you think for my maid outfit; pumps or knee high boots (with black stockings)????

GG Vanya
10-04-2006, 05:10 PM
Definitely pumps with the maid's uniform. Preferably pumps with a "peekaboo" toe!!

AmberTG
10-04-2006, 10:54 PM
Another thing to keep in mind is that one pair of size 10s is probably not the same actual size as another pair of size 10s. My wife wears every thing from an 8 wide to a size 9, depending on the shoe style and make. I wear anywhere from a 9-1/2 to an 11 depending on the style and make. I can also wear some of my wife's slipon sandals, our feet are the same width, but mine are longer. She has a wide foot, I have a narrow foot.

Barb Valentine
10-04-2006, 11:13 PM
So if I wear a size 11.5 in mens, what size pump should I get to be fitted correctly and avoid it slipping? I am thinking 13 should be about right then?

I take a 11 in mens shoes
So I thought a 13 in ladies would fit
Wrong I went to the store and tried on some 13
They were just way too tight so I tried a 14 and
It fits a lot better
See if you can try them on first
It beats the hell out of buying something that doesn't fit

Melinda G
10-04-2006, 11:44 PM
Heel grips work fine, and are cheap.

Little Girl Mia
10-05-2006, 02:50 AM
I don't have any troubles with this, but it could be because I walk on my tip toes a lot. Our house ins't very heel friendly, and until I was met my wife I think I only had one pair of heels, so I've spent most of my girl times on my tip toes pretending. Because of that my toes bear a lot of the weight and grip quite well on strapless shoes. If your worried about slipping out my suggestion is spend some more time on yout tip toes, possibly prior to putting them on. Everyone is different thought, so I hope this helps.

Jenny Wilson
12-07-2006, 04:51 PM
Yes, my heels slip out of the backs of some of my pumps, but not all of them. As others have said, it depends on the size of the shoe, but also how the shoe fits.

Take a look at the shape of the opening of a woman's pump or flat shoe. Notice how it curves inward? It does that to help grip around your foot. How well it grips depends on how well the shoe size matches your foot, but also on the cut of the shoe, how stiff the sole of the shoe is, and how stiff the sides of the shoe are back there. Wearing nylons just reduces the friction between your foot and the shoe, so the slipping will be worst when wearing hose.

For what it's worth, I've noticed that the same thing happens to many women, so it's "not just us" with this problem.

If the shoe is too short, then your heel probably won't slip out, but the shoe will probably hurt your foot because it's too tight. I look for a pair of shes that aren't tight, that stay on well, but which will allow me to slip my heels out of them if I push down and forward with the ball of my foot. That little amount of movement moves my heel away from the back of the shoe so that my heel can slide right out. Ever notice that a lot of women do that too? If you can't do that, then the shoe is too tight. If the shoe is too loose, then your heel will slip out allllll of the time, just like what happenend when we were little kids and wore mommy's shoes.

Jenny

Glenda58
12-07-2006, 05:26 PM
Had 1 shoe with a heel slip went to Bakers Shoes and got some heel pads that go on the inside back of the heel to tighten it up so they don't slip they also put a sole pad in it to make the toes fit better. Most all shoe stores have them just ask some store charge some give them to you hoping you come back and buy their shoes.